What Is PRP? Platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a component of blood that helps your blood clot correctly and heal wounds. PRP contains growth factors, hormones, and proteins which all contribute to the healing and regenerative properties in PRP.
Since PRP is in our blood, an intricate process is required to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood. To do this, we use a specialized medical instrument called a centrifuge. After we draw your blood, we place it into the centrifuge.
From there, the centrifuge spins your blood at an extremely fast speed. This allows the PRP to isolate itself from the blood. When all finished spinning, the PRP is visible and will look yellowish in color. This is what your cosmetic surgeon or qualified injector will inject into your scalp.
HOW DOES PRP WORK FOR HAIR RESTORATION?
PRP therapy is a staple in regenerative medicine and often used in physical therapies to help heal muscles and skin. The cosmetic industry has recently begun to use PRP in a variety of ways including to supplement microneedling, as an ingredient in injectables to stimulate long-lasting results, and in treatments promoting hair growth.
When your provider injects PRP into your scalp, the PRP begins to strengthen existing hair follicles and repair damaged or shrunken ones. The way it works involves the natural tricking of your body. Because PRP is integral to the healing of wounds, when your body senses the presence of PRP in your scalp, it automatically assumes there is a wound that needs healing.
Your body sends its defenses to the injection sites, but because there is no major wound, the body begins to produce extra collagen which helps reinforce your existing hair follicles and repair the damaged ones. While this alone cannot guarantee new hair growth, it provides ample environment for hair because the skin of the scalp and the hair follicles themselves are renewed.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BELLEVUE HAIR RESTORATION?
Beyond seeing new and stronger hair growth, there are a variety of benefits to PRP hair restoration in Bellevue. A few benefits of seeking PRP hair restoration include:
- No risk of rejection as the PRP comes from your body
- Less invasive than a hair transplant
- May enhance and improve results/retention after hair transplant
- No incision
- No scarring
- Short procedure time (30 minutes to 1 hour)
- No recovery time
- Quick results
Can combine with stem cells or other treatments