Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration allows our Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco Bay Area patients to enjoy new hair growth without surgery. The Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration offers this minimally invasive and safe procedure as part of both the Stimulate and Populate hair regrowth packages. PRP for hair loss, when used in combination with other hair regrowth therapies, can effectively help men and women suffering from hair loss achieve the thicker, fuller hair they desire.
PRP, which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, is a concentration of your body's own growth factors. When injected back into your scalp as part of a PRP for hair loss treatment, they can stimulate and strengthen underperforming hair follicles to grow quicker and thicker. Since PRP is made up of your own genetic material, the chances of adverse reactions or rejection of PRP are very low.
Dual-board certified surgeons and experienced in the field of hair restoration, Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin Parikh know that losing your hair can cause emotional distress and a loss in confidence. Drs. Lieberman and Parikh stay on the cutting-edge of hair regrowth treatments, including PRP for hair loss, and specialize in helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through customized hair regrowth treatment plans.
If you are experiencing hair loss and want to know more about how PRP is used in the Stimulate or Populate packages, please schedule a consultation with Dr. David Lieberman or Dr. Sachin Parikh at one of our Bay Area offices by calling us at (650) 327-3232 or emailing us.
The PRP for hair loss process is essentially the same for both the Stimulate and Populate treatment plans, although more PRP is used with the Populate package.
Our registered nurse will draw a sample of your blood and then put the blood in a centrifuge to spin and separate the blood's components.
Human blood consists primarily of red and white blood cells, but the "solid" portion of the blood aids in wound healing. These are the platelets and plasma. Once the platelets and plasma are separated, our nurse temporarily stores them so they will multiply to a concentration that contains approximately three to five times the number of platelets found in normal blood. PRP for hair loss also contains platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF), transforming growth factors (TGF), and other bioactive proteins that aid in the stimulation of hair follicles.
When Platelet Rich Plasma is injected as part of a PRP for hair loss treatment, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh often create a ring-block of local anesthesia to alleviate any potential discomfort, or they will use a high-powered cooler to soothe the skin. Then, your PRP will be injected into areas of thinning hair in order to activate blood flow or encourage newly implanted hair follicles to return to the active growth phase.
The time it takes to complete injections for PRP for hair loss depends on the amount of hair loss you've experienced. Usually, the procedure will last between two and four hours. At the Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh steer patients who are in the early phases of hair loss to the Stimulate Package, which includes a series of PRP injections along with nutraceutical, natural oral supplements and topical shampoos.
PRP is a therapy that has been used effectively in orthopedics, neurosurgery, dentistry, and other medical settings for more than two decades. The principals behind why the treatment is effective are the same across all fields of medicine. Platelets in blood promote healing as well as accelerate the rate and degree of tissue regeneration. While PRP for hair loss is a relatively new treatment, early studies indicate that the platelets stimulate stem cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle.
PRP-specific cells that cause hair growth include:
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)—promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b)—promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)—promotes blood vessel formation
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)—promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)—promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
Insulin Like Growth Factor - (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
If you think you might be a good candidate for PRP for hair loss in the Bay Area or want to know more about our Stimulate and Populate packages, please schedule a consultation with either of our dual-board certified surgeons and hair loss specialists, Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin Parikh, by calling (650) 327-3232 or emailing.
PRP for hair loss can be used preoperatively to stimulate inactive hair follicles, intraoperatively to enhance the growth abilities of harvested hair follicles, and postoperatively to encourage newly implanted hair follicles to grow.
Patients who are not ready for a NeoGraft hair transplant and our Populate Treatment Plan can still benefit from PRP for hair loss by stimulating hair follicles to begin growing through our Simulate Treatment Plan. The Stimulate plan is a customized PRP for hair loss treatment that includes vitamins, shampoo, Finasteride, and Minoxidil, as well as three rounds of PRP injections spaced three to four months apart.
When a patient experiences hair loss or hair thinning, the actual hair follicles have lost their density and produce only a single strand of hair. As a comparison, healthy hair follicles usually produce two to three strands of hair.
For more information on the Populate or Stimulate Packages, give us a call at (650) 327-3232.
In combination with the treatments included in our Stimulate Treatment, PRP for hair loss can help the underperforming follicles to grow thicker and more dense. Some improvement in reversing the miniaturization of the follicles is usually noticed in the first couple months after one PRP injection, but more likely, multiple PRP for hair loss treatments will be needed to see a real change.
During a hair transplant and the Populate package, PRP is used in two distinct ways. Immediately after harvesting your hair grafts, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh will store them in a holding dish of PRP so the hair follicles absorb all of the good nutrients before being implanted. This important step increases the viability of the harvested hair follicles to grow.
Immediately following the transplant, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh usually inject more PRP around the newly implanted follicles. This step of the PRP for hair loss process encourages formation of new cellular growth and can boost the efficacy and speed of the transplant.
Many hair transplant patients see more robust results with hair growth when they receive a series of PRP injections postoperatively or after their NeoGraft hair transplant. The Populate package includes a series of three to six PRP injections spaced three to five months apart. This continued boost into the scalp often expedites hair growth and enhances a PRP for hair loss patient's overall result.
Drs. Lieberman and Parikh would be happy to help anyone who wants to learn more about hair loss and hair restoration, and to determine whether PRP for hair loss and/or other hair restoration treatments are appropriate for their type of hair loss. To schedule a consultation at the Bay Area's Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration, call (650) 327-3232 or inquire online.
If a patient has been bald or nearly bald for many years, as is the case with Dr. Lieberman, neither PRP for hair loss nor a NeoGraft hair restoration will cause any change in the amount of hair. After a prolonged period, hair follicles "die" and cannot be stimulated to regrow. In male pattern baldness, hair follicles change over time. If the hair loss is treated early enough, the follicles can still be stimulated with a cellular therapy such as PRP.
Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug use, or alcohol use may also not be good candidates for the treatment. Medical diagnoses such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, chronic liver disease, chronic skin diseases, and other metabolic and systemic disorders put patients at risk for PRP for hair loss.
To find out if you are a good candidate for PRP for hair loss through the Stimulate or Populate treatment plans, it is necessary to consult with one of our dual-board certified surgeons experienced in hair restoration. PRP for hair loss is never considered a cure for the problem, and extensive clinical trials looking at the effectiveness of PRP on stimulating hair growth are still underway. No claim of PRP promoting hair growth can be made, because there is no FDA approval that would allow such claims to be made.
That said, PRP for hair loss treatments has anecdotally been proven effective for people with androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, and thinning hair. PRP therapies have been FDA-approved in other medical and surgical disciplines for many years and are considered safe and natural.
If you'd like more information on PRP for hair loss in the Bay Area or a hair consultation with Dr. David Lieberman or Dr. Sachin Parikh at either of their office locations, please call us at (650) 327-3232 or email.