PRP Platelet Rich Plasma is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for hair loss. “Cell therapy” is a relatively new frontier in medical technology which involves introducing cells into a tissue in order to treat a disease or condition. Areas of research such as stem cell processing and activation, cell multiplication, cytokines, growth factors, extracellular matrix products, bioscaffolds, platelet rich plasma (PRP), gene therapy, tissue repair and more are some of the exciting new ways in which scientists are investigating in the use of cell therapy to physicians improve outcomes and treat a variety of conditions.
Adjunctive therapies which impact wound healing like the use of hyperbaric oxygen, copper peptide solutions, phototherapy, extracellular matrix (ECM), protein soaks, etc. have been a part of Dr. Alan Bauman’s post-operative treatment regimens after hair transplantation for years. Helping the body safely “help itself” is the cornerstone of these types of treatments which often utilize natural components found in the human body. Along those lines, PRP has already been found to be a helpful adjunct successfully in use in many areas of medicine, including orthopedics, dentistry and plastic surgery for tissue repair, tissue regeneration and wound healing.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Produced in just minutes from a small quantity of your own blood, PRP contains a wide variety of the body’s own natural growth factors which may be helpful in accelerating tissue regeneration, improving healing time and stimulating hair growth. Platelets are cell fragments that are normally found in the blood and play a key role in blood clotting and are a natural source of growth factors. Special medical equipment is used by your physician to separate a platelets from a small sample of your own blood and prepare them for use. Once applied and activated, platelets release their stores of powerful growth factors and other molecules.
What Growth Factors are found in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? The platelets collected in PRP are activated by thrombin and calcium chloride to induce the release of these growth factor proteins and other cytokines:
• platelet-derived growth factor
• transforming growth factor beta
• fibroblast growth factor
• insulin-like growth factor 1
• insulin-like growth factor 2
• vascular endothelial growth factor
• epidermal growth factor
• keratinocyte growth factor
• connective tissue growth factor
HOW IS PRP MADE?
PRP is made from a small sample of your own blood. The FDA-approved process concentrates the platelets found in the blood sample and separates them from other blood components. These concentrated platelets contain huge reservoirs of growth factors and wound healing factors. Growth factors are natural components of your body whose potential benefits can now be harnessed using modern medical technology. For hands-on PRP training classes v