At Hair Transplant Vegas, Dr. Brown is proud to introduce Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into our practice. PRP for hair growth and rejuvenation is showing lots of promise though there are no large scientific clinical studies as of yet. Some of the smaller scientific studies are showing significant improvements in hair growth, and from my personal observations I have been impressed with the results even after several months. Hair looks healthier, thicker, and the smaller terminal hairs have started to regrow.
If you're tired of your thinning hair, please contact Dr. Brown in Las Vegas at 702-260-7707 to schedule your free consultation today. Dr. Brown can help you regain your self-confidence through hair transplant surgery and treatments.
The procedure to collect PRP is fairly simple. A small amount of blood will be withdrawn, placed in a medical centrifuge and spun at a specific speed to separate the RBC’s from the plasma. A second centrifuge is then performed to isolate the Platelet Rich Plasma from the Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP). This second step is very important as it concentrates the platelets much more than the single centrifuge systems seen in the market. As PRP is processed from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of allergy or rejection with this treatment.
Once the scalp is numb with local anesthesia, the prepared PRP will be applied to the scalp as microneedling is performed. This assures a full application of the PRP over a wide area, and to stimulate the scalp. We do not inject PRP into the scalp.
The other exciting use for PRP is during a Neograft® Hair Transplant procedure. The PRP is used on the fresh grafts as adjuvant to the storage solution. Not only do we see a faster rate of growth for the transplanted follicles, but they appear to be thicker in diameter.
When researching PRP, make sure you ask if the clinic uses a double spin technique, or a single spin with a test tube. It does make a huge difference in the quality and quantity of platletes, and ultimately your results. We only use a double spin technique for seperation.
Platelets are key components in hard and soft tissue repair mechanisms. They provide the essential growth factors such as fibroblast growth factor (FGF), platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). These numerous growth features are involved in stem cell migration, differentiation and proliferation. The stimulation of fibroblasts and endothelial cells induces new extracellular matrix deposition and neo-vascularization. Plasma is essential for cell survival as it contains nutrients, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes and proteins.
PRP works well in women and men. As thinning in women is due to a different mechanism than in men, usually only a couple of PRP hair treatments are needed. In men, we recommend starting with 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. We sell discounted PRP packages when more then two are purchased at the same time.
The Vampire Facial or Vampire Facelift procedure can be performed at the same time. This is another exciting use of PRP along with the microneedling device to improve facial skin tone and appearance for a more youthful look. We can treat numerous conditions from wrinkles and blemishes to improving acne scarring. Again, PRP currently is not a proven therapy by large clinical trials.
If you're interested in PRP for hair growth, please call our Las Vegas office today at 702-260-7707 to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Brown serves clients in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada and nearby Nevada areas.