What is PRP and How Can it Help with Hair Loss?
Dr. Balshi, with other research physicians / scientists, has explored a completely new method to stimulate hair growth. The procedure demonstrates that platelet rich plasma (PRP) may actually wake up dormant stem cells (located in the base of hair follicles). This has the potential to become the next major breakthrough in treating hair loss and re-growing thinning hair. Dermatologists and the entire hair care industry are extremely excited by its potential to help both men and women with their hair loss or hair thinning conditions. Physicians state that PRP may indeed be the “best medical treatment for hair loss since Rogaine and Propecia”, except this doesn’t require hair transplant surgery and the “goods” are already within you.
PRP as a "Fertilizer"
This therapeutic method for growing healthy new hair is similar (conceptually) to fertilizing the front yard. Not unlike an aerating a golf course. After the scalp is numb using a small amount of local Lidocaine, microscopic holes are painlessly created with what’s called a derma-roller. The “fertilizer” if you will (in this case PRP) is then put into action to bring new life and oxygen rich nutrients to the resting and dormant hair follicles and the follicular stem cells that live there. Over the next few weeks hair begins to re-grow.
The Science Behind PRP Injections
Blood is made from red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and platelets. Platelets, when activated in the body (usually by injury or trauma) exude an abundant release of healing proteins called growth factors. These growth factors have a multitude of responsibilities. One growth factor is called (VDGF) vascular derived growth factor; it is THE growth factor responsible for the growth of new blood vessels. When one is injured or cut, it’s the platelet that is responsible for carrying out the magic of wound healing.
Hair Loss Correction Platelets bring new life, new blood supply and new cells to the area of injury, seemingly with ease, to completely repair any defect. If one uses a derma-roller on the scalp to create microscopic areas of trauma followed by the deliberate introduction of a powerfully high concentration of platelets, to deliver the growth factors necessary to create a new vascular supply for the hair follicles are delivered, and the potential for new hair growth is impressive. With a new vascular supply to the hair follicles and an increase in circulation, the delivery of oxygen and vital nutrition to the hair follicles is tremendously increased. Hairs are woken up!
The “If you feed it, it will grow” analogy has been verified by five different independent international clinical trials ongoing in the United States , Canada, Italy and Japan. PRP (platelet rich plasma), helps to increase circulation to the hair follicles, stimulates the follicles to grow, and will even thicken the hair shafts.