The use of PRP plus ACell or BioD Amniotic/Placental ECM (Extracellular Matrix) for the non-surgical, non-invasive treatment of alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia (hereditary male or female hair loss) is available from Dr. Alan Bauman at Bauman Medical Group in Florida. Gaining more attention recently from patients, physicians and the news media, Dr. Bauman has used PRP since 2008 to help thousands of his hair loss patients. Dr. Bauman has trained hundreds of medical professionals in the use of his PRP preparation and application techniques which have evolved significantly over the years.
Watch Dr. Bauman perform a PRP Hair Growth treatment as seen on ABC News WPLG Local10 Miami South Florida…
Find out if you are candidate for PRP Hair Regrowth Platelet Rich Plasma by contacting Dr. Alan J. Bauman for a consultation. The use of PRP plus BioD Amniotic ECM (Extracellular Matrix) for the treatment of alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia, also know as hereditary male or female hair loss, is available from Dr. Alan Bauman at Bauman Medical Group in Florida. Watch PRP Hair Growth treatment as seen on ABC News below.
Find out if you are candidate for PRP Hair Regrowth Platelet Rich Plasma by contacting Dr. Alan J. Bauman.
PRP: Available from Dr. Alan Bauman at Bauman Medical Group
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Growth Research
At the 2013 7th Annual World Congress for Hair Research held in Edinburgh, Scotland UK, information was presented on several occasions which supported the current theories about why PRP platelet rich plasma offers improvement in hair growth in many patients. Cytokines and growth factors locked within the platelets can be concentrated and released, then injected into the areas of alopecia (hair loss), stimulating hair regrowth. Dr. Alan J. Bauman attended the 7th WCHR meeting specifically to bring back valuable information like this for his colleagues and patients in Florida and around the U.S.
What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma and How is it Used in Hair Loss for Hair Regrowth?
What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment derived from a person’s own blood platelets to enhance hair growth as a stand-alone treatment or to improve the recovery and results of hair transplant surgery. In the field of cell therapy and tissue regeneration, research is continuing to progress regarding the use of PRP’s ability to attract, stimulate and orchestrate stem cell activity to improve wound healing and naturally rejuvenate skin and hair follicles. PRP, which also contains a number of stem cells itself, has been successfully used throughout a large variety of medical specialties (Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Dental & Facial Reconstruction, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, etc.) for tissue regeneration and repair and to help patients avoid surgery or other risky interventions.
How is PRP performed as a stand-alone treatment for hair growth?
A small sample of blood is obtained from the patient. This sample is processed in an FDA-cleared device to separate the platelets and plasma from other components like red blood cells. Platelets may then be ‘activated,’ releasing powerful molecules which have profound biologic effects on hair follicles and skin. In some cases Extracellular Matrix or ECM (like ACell or BioD) may be added to the PRP. Under comfortable local anesthesia, this powerful cocktail of growth factors, cytokines and other proteins is painlessly injected into the area of scalp under local anesthesia where weak hair follicles exist. Microneedling of the skin is performed immediately following the injection to activate the platelets. The comfortable, outpatient procedure takes less than one hour to perform and patients may resume all activities, including workouts, shampooing, etc. immediately afterwards as there is no recovery phase. Mild soreness and redness of the scalp, if any, resolves in less than a day and improved hair growth can be measured in a matter of weeks.
Is all PRP the same?
Unfortunately not, and this is where it can get confusing for patients–and physicians! It has been said that “All PRP is NOT created equal!” The quality, strength and duration of the PRP hair regrowth treatments are directly related to the preparation protocols, centrifuge settings, preparation kits, the use of ECM (BioD or ACell) and, most importantly, the training of the staff. At Bauman Medical Group, we have used the FDA-approved Autologel PRP process, YesPRP, Harvest, and EmCyte PurePRPII systems to separate and activate Platelet Rich Plasma for use as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with hair transplantation. Bauman Medical Group was proud to be the first hair transplant team to be fully certified by Cytomedix to produce FDA-approved Autologel (2011). That means that every member of our medical team has passed certification for the preparation and application of PRP–and we have continuing education on PRP preparation each year as equipment and techniques change rapidly in the field of Biocellular Regeneration. At Bauman Medical, we prepare and administer PRP to patients every single day. Dr. Bauman was the first hair transplant physician to have on-hand and in the office a state-of-the-art Coulter Cell-Counter and Hematology Analyzer device to check the quality of PRP preparation and to correlate the PRP platelet concentration and other attributes with results of the treatment.
What’s in Your PRP? Most doctors performing PRP for hair regrowth CANNOT tell you the exact concentration of platelets contained in the injectable part of the PRP and how that compares to your baseline platelet count. At Bauman Medical, this is routine. In addition, the final VOLUME of PRP is critical in order to achieve a result — too small of a volume, and you can only treat a small (eyebrow-sized!) area. Too much volume and your platelet concentration goes down dramatically–not enough platelet growth factors to achieve a hair growth effect! Over thousands of treatments since 2008, Dr. Bauman has perfected the volume and concentration of PRP with Extracellular Matrix like BioD or ACell as well as painless application techniques to achieve optimal (documented and measurable!) results that last 10-20 months in the vast majority of patients.
How do we measure results from PRP?
As with any hair regrowth treatment, results initially can be subtle. At Bauman Medical Group, we know that our PRP/ECM protocols are providing significant stimulation of hair regrowth and hair follicle rejuvenation, measurable with HairCheck trichometry in just weeks.
Before, 6wks and 12 wks – PRP Hair Regrowth in Alopecia Areata – Dr. Alan Bauman
Does PRP need to be repeated?
Unfortunately, the hair follicle-stimulating results of PRP treatment for hair regrowth is NOT permanent. Most patients who undergo PRP with BioD ECM, require repeat treatment in about 12-24 months. Because hair typically grows at a rate of 1/4″ or 1cm per month it typically takes three to six months to measure the improvements from PRP using the scientific HairCheck cross-sectional hair bundle trichometry measurement tool and six to twelve months to “see” results in the mirror or in photos. Over time, PRP may need to be repeated depending on the patient’s response to therapy, hair loss condition, adjunctive treatments and goals. By monitoring the hair growth effect with the HairCheck device over time, we can determine when the improvement in hair growth from PRP slows down or plateaus, eliminating guesswork as to when to administer PRP again. At that time, additional treatment with PRP may be necessary in order to maintain the desired results. **NOTE: Some medical practices are offering hair regrowth treatment with PRP without ECM like BioD or ACell… according to research (Bouhanna) this means that “plain” PRP would likely need to be repeated every two months or sooner!** Dr. Bauman’s research–presented at the 2015 ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting supports our observations that the use of PRP + ECM/BioD/ACell dramatically extends the duration of the hair regrowth, making PRP treatment approximately an annual or once-a-year regimen. Some patients do experience a boost of hair growth for up to two years, but this is less common. If your doctor is not using BioD, ACell or other extracellular matrix, you will likely need repeat treatments EVERY OTHER MONTH to achieve results.
ACell is an animal-derived Extracellular Matrix (ECM) tissue-regenerating technology that has been used extensively in the fields of medicine and surgery to stimulate stem cells and enhance wound healing. It’s rise in popular culture was accelerated as people with partial finger amputations were able to actually grow back their fingertips (often with the fingernail bed) by using this product. It has also been noted that the use of ACell in wound healing dramatically decreases the appearance of scar tissue in a wound. ACell is a “bio-scaffold” that helps the body heal without excessive scarring.
How are ACell and other ECM’s used in Hair Restoration?
ACell or BioD ECMs can be used in hair restoration treatments when combined with PRP to stimulate stem cells and rejuvenate and repair the skin and hair follicles. ACell and BioD have also been shown to improve wound healing whenever a cut or incision is made in the skin by reducing the amount of scar tissue formation. BioD has been used for bone regeneration in oral maxillofacial surgery and as an alternative to human cadaver corneal transplants in ophthalmology.
What is BioD-Restore™?
BioD-Restore is a human-derived Extracellular Matrix ECM allograft produced from medically-screened, sterile-harvested, healthy cryopreserved donor amniotic placental tissue. Immunoprivileged, placental tissue is an ECM that is protected from rejection. Used in hundreds of thousands of procedures in orthopedics, ophthalmology and oral maxillofacial surgery, BioD is a non-pork, non-animal-derived ECM–a proven tissue-regenerating technology that contains a bioscaffold as well as powerful proteins that activate stem cells, reduce inflammation and have other benefits. Dr. Bauman was the first Hair Restoration Physician worldwide to use BioD routinely in his PRP hair regrowth treatments and has presented his technique and results at the esteemed Stem Cell Practical Workshop hosted by renowned stem cell expert, Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj–medical director of South Florida Stem Cell & Bone Marrow Transplant Center located in Boynton Beach, FL and at the ISHRS 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting.
Is PRP Platelet Rich Plasma safe?
Yes. PRP is immunologically neutral and poses no danger of allergic, hypersensitivity or foreign-body reactions. A closed, sterile technique is used in every stage to prevent infection. A brief period of inflammation/redness at the site of application is normal and expected, indicating the action of the PRP. Visible swelling in the forehead is expected in less than 10% of patients and may last for a day or two. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP Hair Regrowth, a comprehensive medical consultation with Dr. Alan Bauman is recommended. Your long-distance consultation can start with a simple email or phone or skype call. Nearly 50% of Bauman Medical patients travel in to see Dr. Bauman from out-of-town, across the country and internationally.
PRP Offers Hope for Baldness with a “Vampire Cure”
Jasper Copping, The Sunday Telegraph. Researchers found they were able to regrow hair on the bald patches on people’s heads by injecting them with a solution derived from their own blood. The so-called “vampire” treatment involves taking blood from the patient and processing it in a machine that extracts “platelet-rich plasma” (PRP), which is then injected back into the head. Scientists believe the solution then stimulates new stem cells below the skin which can aid the regrowth of hair. Such “vampire” treatments are already used in some cosmetic procedures, where injections of PRP are used in an effort to reduce the effects of aging on the face and hands. The research, published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Dermatology, was conducted among a group of people suffering from alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss on the scalp and other parts of the body. However, the scientists believe the treatment also could help those suffering more common hair loss conditions, such as male pattern baldness.
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma A Treatment for Hair Growth
What are the steps involved with PRP Hair Regrowth Treatment at Bauman Medical Group? 1) A mechanical antiseptic scalp wash is performed after 15minutes of Low Level Laser Therapy. 2) The area of thinning hair is identified, photographed, measured with HairCheck and marked. 3) A small blood sample is obtained. 4) The blood sample is processed into PRP using the FDA-approved Autologel, YesPRP or Emcyte PurePRP system and then ACell, BioD or another Extracellular Matrix (ECM) product may be added. 5) Ouchless™ local anesthesia is applied to the treatment area. 6) The PRP (w/ ACell or other ECM) is injected into the area by Dr. Bauman. 7) Microneedling with a mechanical MicroPen or similar device is used to create microtrauma in the skin which initiates platelet growth factor activity. 8) 15 minutes of Low Level Laser Therapy using an in-office clinical laser is applied to the scalp following a post-treatment scalp wash. 9) Follow-up HairCheck measurements are scheduled as appropriate to allow for hair growth improvement to be measured, monitored and photographed. Find out more about PRP Hair Regrowth Treatment by contacting Dr. Alan J. Bauman directly by requesting a consultation.
How long does a PRP Hair Regrowth Treatment take? A PRP hair regrowth treatment visit takes about 90 minutes and may be performed as a “lunchtime” procedure, as there is no recovery or downtime.
ARTICLE: Vampire PRP Hair Growth by Alan J. Bauman M.D.
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