60 ml of blood is collected from your vein. It’s very similar to having
a routine blood test performed at your doctor’s clinic. The blood is
collected and placed in a
sterile FDA approved container designed to process out the platelets,
stem cells and growth factors. The container is then placed in a
centrifuge where your blood is spun for 14 minutes. When the centrifuge
has stopped spinning, your blood components have now been separated. The
concentrated platelets have been separated from your normal whole
blood. The PRP that contains abundant growth factors and stem cells is
now ready to be applied to the scalp.
PRP now has to be applied to the scalp where hair loss has begun. It is
important to prepare the scalp to receive the PRP. For this, the scalp
is stimulated to activate the wound healing process. Topical anesthesia
is applied on the portion of the scalp where PRP will be injected. To
prepare the scalp for PRP application, a special micro needling roller
device is used. The MTS Roller™ uses 200 very fine needles to pierce the
epidermis creating micro wounds thereby
stimulating collagen formation. The resulting ‘micro-channel effect’
also helps to infuse the PRP into the area thereby increasing the
effectiveness. Since it uses less pressure, the pain is minimal.
Immediately after using the roller the highly concentrated PRP is
injected in many different areas of the scalp.
Acell plus PRP
(Matri-stem) can been mixed with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to augment the regenerative powers of the PRP.
is the by-product of urinary bladder tissue of pigs that is stripped of
all of it’s cells before introducing to humans. It has remarkable
regenerative properties and works by recruiting huge numbers of adult
stem cells to the site of injury. It provides growth factors and
proteins necessary for tissue regeneration. It does not require the
harvesting of tissue, but PRP is harvested into the tissue. A premixed
combination of PRP and Acell is thought to both prevent and regenerate
hair in people facing genetic hair loss.
is available in a powder form, and when mixed with PRP, it is injected
into the affected scalp. This combination acts like a hair evolution
procedure takes one to two hours depending on amount of hair loss.
Since an inflammatory process is initiated at the wound site, there may
be mild pain or discomfort felt by the patient at the site where PRP is
injected. Patient are not advised not to take any anti-inflammatory
medication since it may interfere in the natural healing process of PRP.
Patients generally have to receive this treatment a few times before
they can see any results. However, some patients may only have to
receive this therapy once a year.
does not pose any danger of allergy, hypersensitivity, or foreign-body
reaction and it is a safe choice for many patients.Prognosis is
generally good, but it varies from person to person. Most of the clinics
practicing this therapy have reported almost 80% success rate.
not everyone is an ideal candidate to undergo this procedure. Patients
who have an active infection in the scalp, history of a viral infection
like shingles, diabetes, any clotting disorder, or patients who are on
blood-thinning medications like aspirin and immunosuppressive drugs like
cyclosporine are not candidates for this procedure.
Also, if hair follicles are completely lost, this procedure is less likely to help patients.