Hair loss can be attributed to many factors, including spot baldness or alopecia, hypotrichosis of the eyebrows or hair loss due to various metabolic conditions. Premature baldness becomes a big issue for both males and females who are suffering from it because it is difficult to hide, and it affects your self-esteem.
Hair undergoes three phases: anagen or growing phase, catagen or the resting phase and telogen or the dying phase. Due to the constant cycle, your current crop of human hair are not all the same age nor are they at the same growth phase.
Platelet rich plasma treatments are used in various applications in the fields of dentistry, opthalmology and a number of surgical specializations. The patients’ own platelets are combined with other growth factors to make an injectable that will be used at the treatment site.
As a hair loss treatment, PRP therapy calls for processing the patient’s blood at high speeds to yield a higher volume of platelets loaded with growth and healing factors. Other factors that enhance hair regrowth are also added to create a biomatrix that heals and repairs damaged tissues.
ACell is an FDA-approved medical device that heals and repairs at the cellular level. When used as part of a hair regrowth strategy, ACell is introduced to the treatment site where it is resorbed into damaged tissues. Dormant follicular tissues are stimulated and hair regrowth follows.
To apply PRP and ACell as a hair regrowth strategy, the patient’s blood is processed as required. Anesthesia is given and the injections administered into the scalp. The procedure takes about 90 minutes, and the most common side effect is soreness of the scalp, which will fade in 24 to 48 hours.
Given the three-part growth cycle of the hair, it will take four to eight months to see a significant change in hair growth and texture. The hairline is usually the first part that will show new hair growth to patients. Follow up visits to your practitioner are important to determine if more PRP treatments are needed to sustain hair growth.
PRP is a nonsurgical and simple procedure that will not require downtime on the part of the patient. Aside from regrowing hair to improve a sparse hairline, PRP improves the condition of the scalp to prevent further hair loss, prepare the scalp for hair transplant procedure or accelerate scalp healing after a transplant. PRP can stimulate production of collagen with proteins that enhance hair regrowth.