PRP For Hair Loss


How does PRP +ACell therapy help in treating hair loss?

There are many benefits of using PRP treatment to promote healing for hair growth. Highly concentrated growth factors in the form of platelets have been shown to generate new hair growth, thicken thinned out hair, and make hair transplants grow thicker and healthier. If the hair follicles or hair roots are healthy, the growth of the hair is healthy. Hair follicles survive on the nutrition they get from blood supply. If we introduce platelets by administering platelet rich plasma (PRP) in the area of damaged hair follicles, it amplifies the body’s naturally occurring wound healing mechanism.

Addressing the issue of hair loss or thinning early is best and yields the best outcomes. Men and women over the age of 18 who are early in the progression of their hair loss benefit the most from ACell + PRP therapy. Regular treatments with ACell + PRP keeps more hair on your head by protecting targeted hair follicles from starting the miniaturization process and renewing those that have already started to decline.

Here is a study that was done showing the efficacy of PRP for androgenic alopecia.

Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool

Eleven patients suffering from hair loss due to androgenic alopecia and not responding to 6 months treatment with minoxidil and finasteride were included in this study. The hair pull test was performed before every treatment session. A total volume of 2-3 cc PRP was injected in the scalp by using an insulin syringe.


How is PRP + ACell Therapy Performed

First, 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 then processed in a sterile fashion to obtain the concentrated platelets and growth factors. The PRP that contains abundant growth factors and stem cells is now ready to be applied to the scalp. Acell is then added to this concentrate and the concentrate is then administered to the scalp with a very small needle spaced out to cover the areas.

ACell is an FDA approved cellular regeneration product used in wound healing that has recently been combined with a patient’s own PRP and has shown to improve hair regrowth for both men and women. This augments the therapy significantly. In hair restoration, ACell is combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) and injected into the scalp.  The application of ACell + PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth.

ACell activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis and localized cell growth. Effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, ACell + PRP has also regrown hair in alopecia areata, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.

ACell 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.


Post procedure

The procedure takes one hour or so 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.

PRP 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.

However, 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.