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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) & how is it used in hair regrowth?

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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) & how is it used in hair regrowth?

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is derived from a person’s own blood platelets which may be used 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 stimulate stem cells, improve wound healing, and rejuvenate skin and hair follicles.

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. MicroPen 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.

To find out if you are a candidate for PRP or other medical treatments and procedures, please request a consultation with hair loss expert and American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) Board-Certified Hair Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Alan J. Bauman. Long-distance/phone and in-office/in-person consultations available. Call toll-free 844-GET-HAIR or +1-561-394-0024

*Each individual's treatment and/or results may vary

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