Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau County, NYC – Dr. Benjamin Bieber – Hair Loss Treatment – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Dr. Benjamin Bieber of Cross Bay Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation discusses Hair Loss Treatment using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Our aim in non surgical hair restoration is to take areas of the scalp with thinning hair and bald spots and regenerate those areas to grow increased numbers of new hair that are both thicker and natural. Using Platelet Rich Plasma, we are able to revive these areas of the scalp, reducing swelling, irritation and stimulating inactive hair follicles to produce new hair. Platelet Rich Plasma contains 30 plus growth factors that regenerate the tissue of the hair follicles making them healthier and therefore, able to grow hair.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Improve Hair Loss?
PRP treatment uses your body’s own growth factors to heal injured areas of the body and in this case, hair thinning and bald spots. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced using one’s own blood. Hair restoration therapy harnesses the growth factors in the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to regenerate dormant (sleeping) inflamed scalp tissue and hair follicles giving you a healthy scalp that can again naturally grow thicker, healthier hair.
PRP Treatment is a non-surgical method aimed at stimulating “new” and “denser” hair growth.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Work To Treat Hair Loss?
There are over 30 growth factors in the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) that work to regenerate hair growth. For example, PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factor), VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor), EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) are just some of the growth factors that provide nutrition to the cells in the scalp, promote new blood supply to hair follicles, and reduce inflammation of the scalp creating healthy, productive hair follicles. The result is a scalp that is rejuvenated and able to produce new and thicker hair.
Hair Thinning Conditions Improved By Platelet Rich Plasma:
Spot Baldness (Alopecia Areata – AA):
Spot baldness is a highly inflammatory autoimmune disease where hair follicle stem cells are dormant. One study demonstrated that growth factors in Platelet Rich Plasma turned on the dormant stem cells 60% of the time in AA. In more than 60 % of cases, experimenters found a significant growth of hair in bald spots with the use of Platelet Rich Plasma in both males and females.
In over 70% of cases there was a reduction in hair loss, itching, and burning (if present), and a reduction in the number of damaged hairs and exclamation point hairs.
Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia – AGA):
Men typically display a hairline recession at the temples and crown balding.
PRP treatment is helpful to increase hair growth in cases of male pattern baldness.
Female Pattern Baldness (Feminine Androgenetic Alopecia – AGA):
Women normally present diffusely thin hair over the top of their scalps.
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is shown in cases of feminine pattern baldness (AGA with Ludwig grades l-lll) to increase hair growth and reduce hair thinning.
2 – 3 treatments should be performed in an interval of approximately every 6 months over an 18 month period. It is important to include additional therapies which can include finasteride, minoxidil, biotin or other agents.
How Effective Is PRP?
The use of Platelet Rich Plasma in hair restoration has multiple advantages. Numerous studies demonstrate the use of PRP not only increases the follicular unit yield by 15.1%, suggesting an increase of 480 new hairs per every 100cm2 transplanted surface area but also leads to diminished scalp redness, crusting, and less patient discomfort from swelling.
What are the Differences Between PRP and PPRP?
PPRP is a purer form of PRP and both are used during hair restoration therapy. PPRP (Pure PRP) contains higher level of growth factors without red blood cells or neutrophils (white blood cells) and is the next generation of Regenerative Medicine. Both are used in hair restoration therapy to foster both short-term and long-term hair growth.
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