Hair Loss Therapy - North Tampa, Florida

PRP… Is it the Fountain of Youth Locked inside Your Own Cells?

PRP Tiniest Blood Cells Carry Powerful Healing ForcesPRP or Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), a portion of the patient’s own blood can be used to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, but it can also be used for thinning hair or loss of hair in males and females, acne and acne scars and to rejuvenate the skin of the face, neck and hands. Over the next few month’s articles, I will be exploring these various treatments now offered at Physical Medicine Center and how you may be able to benefit from your body’s own rejuvenating powers.

The theory behind PRP is using the body’s own ability to heal itself to a whole host of injuries. The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In the last 20 years we have learned that when platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities; however the combination of many of them accelerates tissue and wound healing.

In the past few years, the use of autologous blood treatments to facilitate healing and regeneration has increased because of the increased knowledge of the specific growth factors that platelets release. For two decades, the use of autologous platelet rich plasma has been used safely and effectively throughout many medical fields including orthopedics, sports medicine, dentistry, ENT, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, urology, and would healing, cosmetic, cardiothoracic, and maxillofacial surgery.

Want more hair on your head…PRP therapy is a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.

HOW DOES PRP WORK?

Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy. In the field of hair restoration, existing evidence demonstrates PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.

HOW DO YOU PERFORM THE PROCEDURE?

Blood is drawn in our office as though you are having routine blood testing at your primary care physician’s office. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood.



The PRP is taken from your body and is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. Under a topical anesthesia, a special micro needling roller device is used to stimulate the dermis of the scalp. This micro needling stimulation causes microtrauma to the dermis that induces other healing and growth repair cells into action. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp and topically.

The PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. PRP can be used preoperatively, intraoperatively, or post operatively. Some patient’s chose to have PRP performed every three (3) to four (4) months as early data suggests regular or semiannual PRP treatments can stimulate hair growth.

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PRP contains special cells called Platelets, that can cause growth of the hair follicles by theoretically stimulating the stem cells located in the Dermal Papilla as well as other structures of the hair follicle These special Platelet cells promotes healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, response of the body to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.

Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.

DOES PRP WORK?

While individual results vary and no guarantees of success can be made, preliminary studies indicate many patients respond to PRP therapy. PRP is an emerging non surgical therapy for natural stimulation for thinning hair.

WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE PRP TREATMENT?

Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug or alcohol abuse. Medical diagnoses such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders.

IS PRP FOR ME?

PRP has been used successfully in other medical and surgical disciplines for many years. The decision to use PRP is a personal decision. PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the good cells from your own body directly back into the area where it is needed. There is absolutely no chance of getting a blood infection from another human being. PRP involves using your own cells and it will not be rejected by your immune system.
Clinical trials are ongoing. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no       guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. No claim of PRP efficacy in promoting hair growth can be made because there is no FDA approval that would allow such claims to be made.

CAN I USE OTHER MEDICAL THERAPIES CONCURRENTLY?

Absolutely. In fact, we encourage it and prescribe PRP therapy as a compliment to a nonsurgical approach for those patients who are not eligible for surgery or who want to delay hair restoration surgery. As a non-surgical treatment option, we recommend PRP therapy along with Formula 82M a special minoxodil and DHT blockers or for those patients who cannot tolerate or have side effects with these medications.

CONCLUSION

In summary, PRP therapy offers a promising alternative for natural hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery. It also is a beneficial therapy for a whole host of aesthetic and physical medicine injuries.

Whether you are looking for additional hair stimulation, or are looking to keep what hair you have healthier and more vibrant the addition of PRP may be able to meet your needs. Although results will vary from patient to patients, PRP as a non-surgical option offers patients with miniaturization and hair thinning improvement in hair caliber and thickness. The physicians here at Physical Medicine Center are trained in the use of PRP as an excellent treatment modality. Do you wonder if PRP can help you with your injuries, hair loss or anti-aging goals contact us at (813)978-0020 and arrange a consultation
 
What Can You Do?

Contact our office at 813-978-0020 to schedule an initial consultation with our Doctor to determine if you are a candidate for care. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, he will sit down and explain his recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care with our treatment plan.