Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
PRP therapy for hair loss treatment is showing promising results. Hair loss and thinning of the hair can be problematic for both men and women. Treatment options currently are medication and hair graft surgery. However not all people can tolerate the medication and not everyone wants to go through surgery. PRP may now be able to provide people with an alternative measure to improve hair loss. It can also support the long term use of medication to restore new hair growth.
PRP therapy has been used in various fields of medicine including oral surgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery and sports medicine for over 20 years. Clinical data and scientific studies show that PRP is beneficial in wound healing and tissue regeneration. This is because the PRP serum that is extracted from your own blood contains tiny cell fragments called platelets. These platelets possess important biological contents, some of which are called ‘growth factors’, which are vital for tissue regeneration.
PRP growth factors released by platelets responsible for hair growth include:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): promotes new blood vessel formation and cellular division which leads to new skin formation
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b): promotes formation and growth of extracellular matter (substance that our cells are suspended in, vital to their livelihood
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF): promotes new blood vessel growth
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): promotes cell growth and maturation, new blood vessel and collagen formation
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2): promotes specific cell and blood vessel growth
- Insulin Like Growth Factor - (IGF): a vital regulator of normal physiology for almost every cell found in our bodies
Considering the many applications PRP therapy has, Dr Candler offers these treatments not only for hair loss, but for skin rejuvenation and arthritis as well. With constant advancements in research and technology, scientific studies demonstrate that PRP is beneficial in wound healing and tissue regeneration. It is not considered to replace traditional methods of hair loss treatment (medication and surgery), but it shows promising results as another treatment option that may be used exclusively, or in combination with other approaches.
Hair growth follows a normal physiological growth cycle pattern. The ‘anagen’ phase of hair growth is when a hair is actively growing and connected to a blood supply. This essential blood supply feeds the hair follicle with the nutrients needed to grow strong healthy hair. PRP therapy aims to stimulate new hairs and dormant hairs to thrive in this anagen phase of hair growth. From there the hairs will regrow stronger, and, hopefully with more density.
Because the serum is derived from your own blood, there is minimal risk of infection or complications. PRP is regarded as a very safe treatment to perform and receive.