PRP For Hair Growth
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP has many indications, but has recently been recognized in several studies as a hair growth promoter. PRP has concentrated blood parts which contains approximately three to five times the platelet number found in normal blood. While older PRP kits in New York only concentrate the platelets 3 x, Dr. Ende has the newest PRP system which concentrates them 5-6 times. The PRP mixture also contains platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins that aid in hair growth.
Over the last 2 years, four studies have clearly shown that PRP is an effective treatment option for male and female pattern hair loss.
PRP for Hair Loss
PRP systems merely separate the Red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other blood components and allow for a higher concentrated product of platelets. The PRP uses your own blood, not someone else blood. Dr. Ende’s PRP hair growth system in New York and PRP kits are used to obtain PRP from your own blood. Your blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate it and platelet activators, such as thrombin, calcium chloride and collagen, are sometimes added. The available PRP systems included: Cydomedix, Emcyte Pure PRP, Angel system, and Harvest system. Dr. Ende has the Harvest PRP system which he uses exclusively for hair regrowth. The treatment is relatively painless and involves a short numbing process followed by an approximately 5 minute injection sequence of the PRP into the scalp. Observations of patients who have had PRP include a reversing of hair miniaturization within 2-6 months and hair regrowth/increased hair counts of approximately 16 percent during the first 2 hair cycles or within 6 months. Dr. Ende believes that a patient must have a least 2 injections per year to maintain the benefit of PRP but recognize that the research is still evolving.
PRP Treatments at Hair Restoration of New York
At Hair Restoration of New York we use the Harvest PRP System. This system has a higher concentrate of platelets than ones used at other facilities.
Unlike the majority of my competitors where the treatments are administered by other physicians, Dr. Kevin Ende himself performs the injections to ensure the best results. Pictures are taken at 3 month intervals to assess your progress and we adapt the treatment schedule to your individual response to therapy.
I can’t believe that Dr. Ende is recommending PRP. He never recommends anything but hair transplants or hairline lowering.
PRP for hair loss is now a routine part of Dr. Ende’s treatment protocol recommendations for nearly all of his patients in his practice with hair loss. PRP does not replace hair transplantation, but it is a very useful adjunct to everything else that Dr. Ende already recommends. As soon as Dr. Ende’s patients learn about PRP and that Dr. Ende is offering it, most of his patients end up getting the injections. Most patients have come to know Dr. Ende’s approach to hair restoration as only doing procedures and giving recommendations for treatments that actually work. Dr. Ende’s patients know that he has stayed away from recommending 100’s of other medical items for the treatment of hair loss.
What is the PRP doing that causes hair to regrow?
PRP stimulates the growth of follicles. It seems to somehow reverse hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness. Many believe that PRP works by stimulating the stem cells of the newly transplanted hair follicles or other stem cells already there.
Which Hair loss patients should receive PRP?
1. Post Hair Transplant PRP
2. All Hair Transplant patients 2 times per year until more research is done
3. Patients who are not ready for hair transplant mentally or patients whose balding has just started.
4. Alopecia Areata and other hair loss conditions
5. PRP Hair Transplant where PRP is used as a holding solution for the grafts and injected into the donor site to help with wound healing.
6. Patients with miniaturized hair use PRP to reverse miniaturization and make the individual hairs thicker in diameter (sometimes doubling it).