PRP or platelet rich plasma, is loaded with growth factors that can aid in the restoration and reversal of hair loss in both men and women. The hair loss can be recent or even long term and PRP can have a beneficial effect to turning on dormant hair follicles.
PRP (platelet rich plasma) is made from your own blood and platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissues heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into specific areas of the skin, or deep tissues, acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates and repairs tissues, and can stimulate dormant hair follicles to grow.
During the PRP plastic surgery procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn from you in the same way as how a blood test would be performed. The blood is placed in a sterile tube that is then put into a centrifuge for 15 minutes. The centrifuge causes the different components of the blood to separate leaving a component called platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
Classically, PRP is either injected into the scalp alone (similar to the Vampire facelift technique) or it is applied on the skin during microneedling of the scalp. Both work well but Dr. Schneider prefers to perform both techniques simultaneously to get the best of both treatments. PRP applied during microneedling of the scalp seems to stimulate the follicles to a depth of about 2 millimeters. Hair follicles however extend to about 4 millimeters in depth in the scalp and thus injecting the PRP into the scalp hits areas of the follicle that microneedling alone cannot accomplish.
PRP has a 30 year history demonstrating its benefits in orthopedic medicine, dentistry, reconstructive surgery. Over the last several years, PRP has now been demonstrated to be effective in dermatology, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation.