Platelet Rich Plasma For Hair Restoration
For the last 20 years, Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, has been used in medicine. PRP is concentrated blood plasma (composition of blood) that contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. The function of platelets is to promote clotting of the blood, and is the key to the body’s ability to heal wounds because it contains growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body.
3 Step Process of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Step 1 - Blood Collection
A small amount of blood, similar to having a routine blood test is drawn.
Step 2 - Separate the Platelets
Your blood is placed in a special machine called a centrifuge, where your blood is spun for approximately 15 minutes to separate the components into red cells, white cells, and concentrated platelets. The PRP that contains abundant growth factors and stem cells is now ready to be applied to the scalp.
Step 3 - PRP Injection
The procedure involves only minimal discomfort, patients typically do not require any numbing or downtime following treatment. The highly concentrated PRP is injected in different areas around the scalp. You can return to your normal activity immediately.
What Is A Centrifuge?
Centrifuges are machines that separate particles from solutions. These particles are separated based on the medium’s size, shape, density, and viscosity.
In the case of PRP treatment, a centrifuge will spin your blood into nutrient-rich platelates. These are then injected into the areas of hair growth that you want.