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PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

PRP Therapy for Hair LossPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments for hair loss are now available at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. This new method for hair restoration has demonstrated the potential to stimulate cellular activity deep with hair follicles, flooding them with the blood, oxygen, nutrients, platelets, and other natural growth factors needed to reduce inflammation and maximize the effectiveness of transplant procedures.

Treating Hair Loss with PRP

Treating hair loss with PRP begins with drawing a small amount of the patient’s own blood at the time of the procedure. Next, the natural healing and growth factors of the blood are enhanced through a special process that concentrates the platelets. This concentrated solution is then administered to both donor area and recipient area during the procedure.

When applied to the donor area, PRP seems to ward off inflammation, helping the area to heal more quickly and efficiently. There is some evidence that suggests PRP helps to reduce the appearance of post-operative scars (though some visibility is still apparent). Evidence also suggests PRP enriches the recipient area with the patient’s own natural growth factors, priming the scalp to support maximum hair growth following the transplant procedure.

At our Institute, we’ve seen exceptional results when treating patients with PRP during surgical hair restoration procedures. Below are a list of specific benefits that come with enhancing hair transplant procedures with PRP, as evidenced by patient results at our Institute.

Benefits of Using PRP During Hair Transplant

Based on years of application, our Institute has seen numerous benefits when enhancing hair transplant procedures with PRP injections. Based on the positive results achieved with past patients, we can say with confidence that this new method of hair transplantation has a high likelihood of delivering the following benefits to both men and women:

  1. Accelerated healing of donor area
  2. Faster healing of transplanted hair follicles
  3. Less post-operative redness, crusting, and agitation
  4. Increased growth rate of transplanted hair follicles
  5. Reducing swelling
  6. Faster post-operative healing

Though our Institute has not scientifically studied the efficacy of PRP when used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, other scientists have produced evidence that supports the outcomes we’ve seen. Most notably is the following study, produced by a team from the International Hair Research Foundation and the University of Brescia, Italy.

Scientific Study: PRP Significantly Increases Hair Growth

According to evidence published in the British Journal of Dermatology, “PRP was found to increase hair growth significantly” in patients suffering with alopecia areata (i). These results were achieved through a randomized, double-blind study that compared patients treated with PRP with those treated with a placebo. Researchers also noted significant decreases in hair dystrophy (fragility), burning, and itching among patients who were given PRP treatment.

PRP Treatment in Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we continually work to improve patient experience by offering only the safest and most effective hair loss technologies. From the ARTAS® precision-based robotics to PRP injections that improve patients’ transplant results, our team stands committed to delivering only the most advanced and well-researched hair loss treatments available.

To learn more about PRP-enhanced hair transplant procedures, we invite you to contact our Institute online or call our clinic directly at 877-443-9070. Readers may also visit this page on PRP Miami treatments.

Scientists Have Success with ‘Vampire Treatments’ for Baldness

Scientists Have Success with ‘Vampire Treatments’ for BaldnessResearchers have announced success in re-growing patients’ hair with a special solution of their own blood. These so-called vampire treatments for baldness involve strategically injecting areas of balding scalp with solutions of platelet rich plasma, or PRP, derived entirely from the patients’ blood.

The research is the product of scientists from the International Hair Research Foundation and University of Brescia, Italy. Just fewer than 50 patients were observed, and while many received PRP injections, a control group received only a placebo. Three total injections were administered to each patient, after which hair growth was measured. Researchers observed significant hair re-growth in patients treated with PRP injections, showing a strong correlation between PRP therapy and hair growth. Follow-up studies are to be conducted by teams at the Hebrew University Medical Centre in Israel, according to sources familiar with the matter.

“Alopecia is known to lead to overwhelming effects on the patient’s quality of life and self-esteem,” says Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists, commenting on the importance of the research findings. “This could offer hope to thousands,” (i).

And while each patient in the study was treated for alopecia areata, researchers believe the injections may also help individuals suffering with pattern baldness.

“We think it can help to regrow hair on people with androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness),” explains Dr. Fabio Rinaldi. “We believe it is the best treatment available, apart from surgery.”

Use of PRP in Hair Transplant Surgery

Cosmetic surgeons are no strangers to PRP injections, which already used in procedures to reduce the effects of aging on the face and hands (i). At our Institute, PRP injections are likewise used to enhance the effectiveness and natural end-result of hair transplant procedures.

How it Works. Research suggests PRP injections may play a critical role in stimulating stem cell activity and growth beneath the surface of the skin. The corresponding increases in blood flow, nutrient/ oxygen delivery, and cellular growth may in turn support healthy hair follicle function. For patients undergoing a transplant procedure, PRP injections may ensure that transplanted follicular units [hairs] receive the nutrition and support necessary to grow, immediately.

Learn More About Our Institute

Our friendly staff includes South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, microscopists, technicians, and registered nurses.  We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results.

To learn more about hair evaluations, treatments, and procedures at the Hair Transplant Institute, please contact us online or call us directly at 1.877.443.9070.

Sources:

(i) “Scientists ‘Vampire Treatment’ for Baldness.” The Telegraph. Accessed May 10th, 2013.

(ii) See above.