In the field of cell therapy and tissue regeneration, research is continuing to progress regarding the use of PRP's ability to attract, stimulate and orchestrate stem cell activity to improve wound healing and naturally rejuvenate skin and hair follicles.
As a Board Certified Regenerative Medicine Physician, Dr. Rahman has combined the latest research in the use or PRP with advanced techniques such as microneedling and the use of ECM to provide the most effective results for the treatment of alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia (hereditary male or female hair loss).
PRP hair treatment can be used as a stand-alone therapy or to improve the recovery and results of hair transplant surgery.
Gaining more attention recently from patients, physicians and the news media, Dr. Rahman has successfully used PRP hair treatment to help numerous patients battling hair loss.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical, state-of-the-art medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss for both men and women. PRP therapy uses a concentration derived from the patient's own blood platelets which contains crucial growth factors that naturally stimulate the hair follicle to promote healthy hair growth.
Utilizing a thin needle, PRP is injected throughout the areas of the scalp to directly deliver growth factors that promote hair growth by prolonging the hair growth cycle. PRP therapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with a hair transplant procedure, to help restore a healthier head of hair.
The advantages of PRP therapy for hair loss include:
Doctors began using PRP therapy decades ago to help treat conditions such as arthritis and injuries related to the joints and connective tissue. PRP, which also contains a number of stem cells itself, has been successfully used throughout a large variety of medical specialties (Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Dental & Facial Reconstruction, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, etc.) for tissue regeneration and repair and to help patients avoid surgery or other risky interventions such as knee replacement surgery.
Since that time, researchers found that the high concentration of platelets in blood can also help promote healthy hair growth. PRP therapy uses patient's own blood which contains a powerful cocktail of growth factors, cytokines and other proteins that naturally stimulates hair growth by:
PRP therapy involves a fast, in-office procedure during which your own blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge in order to separate out the platelets and plasma.
Under comfortable local anesthesia, the doctor will then inject the plasma into the area(s) of the scalp where the hair loss, or thinning, has occurred. Microneedling of the skin is performed immediately following the injection to activate the platelets.
The comfortable, outpatient procedure takes less than one hour to perform and patients may resume all activities, including workouts, shampooing, etc. immediately afterwards as there is no recovery phase.
Mild soreness and redness of the scalp, if any, resolves in less than a day and improved hair growth can be measured in a matter of weeks.
Most patients who undergo PRP require repeat treatment in about 12-24 months. The injection schedule will vary depending on each person's unique needs and will depend on factors that include genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, as well as age.
Not all PRP treatments for hair loss are created equal. When it comes to stopping hair loss, a high concentration of platelets must be used. In addition, the quality, strength and duration of the PRP hair regrowth treatments are directly related to the preparation protocols, centrifuge settings and preparation kits.
Asim Medical uses the most advanced FDA approved PRP System that produces platelet concentrations that are 3X greater than normal blood values. Achieving this concentration requires the most sophisticated technology, rather than a simple centrifuge. This system also eliminates granulocytes which hurts tissue regeneration and wound healing.
To enhance the benefit of PRP therapy, at Asim Medical, we combine the use of PRP therapy with ECM (extracellular matrix) such as BioD or ACell to sustain hair growth over time.
ECM is an FDA approved protein matrix that, when injected to the scalp, recruits the body's own intrinsic growth factors and healing properties.
The combination of an extracellular matrix provides a continuous supply of growth factors over months resulting in a significantly enhanced hair growth cycle. Combining ECM with highly concentrated PRP sustains improved hair growth over time, is advantageous to using PRP therapy alone and extends results between treatment intervals.
Without the use of ECM, PRP treatments used alone would have to be repeated every two months or sooner.
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