PRP is different from other hair restoration treatments in that there are no messy foams or gels to apply, nor surgical plugs or grafts that need to be harvested and transplanted. Now the power lies in your own veins.
- Your blood is drawn and then processed to separate out the platelet rich plasma (which helps with healing).
- The Platelet Rich Plasma which is also rich in growth factors, stem cells and nutrients is injected straight into the hair follicle and root and is able to improve the health of both the hair follicle and the root
The following is a list growth factors harvested in the Platelet Rich Plasma that are beneficial in hair growth and restoration, additional growth factors are present with anti-aging benefits as well.
PRP specific growth factors that cause hair growth include:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation;
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) — promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism;
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — promotes blood vessel formation;
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation;
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation; and,
- Insulin Like Growth Factor – (IGF) — a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) — an important endogenous mediator of hair follicle growth, development, and differentiation
There’s no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary.
While studies are currently being conducted and published in the medical literature, this still remains a new frontier, and we remain cautious about the claims for using PRP exclusively. The following are examples of the scholarly work showing the promise of this technology.
Trink A, Sorbellini E, Bezzola P, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled, half-head study to evaluate the effects of platelet-rich plasma on alopecia areata. British Journal of Dermatology. 2013;169(3):690-694.
Uebel CO, da Silva JB, Cantarelli D, Martins P. The role of platelet plasma growth factors in male pattern baldness surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2006;118(6):1458-1466.
Zheng JL, Hye-In C, et al. Autologous Platelet- Rich Plasma: A Potential Therapeutic Tool for Promoting Hair Growth. Dermatologic Surgery. 2012;38:1040-1046.
How much does PRP Hair Restoration cost?
Price Range: $550-$600