THE SCIENCE BEHIND PRP
PRP is a concentrated solution isolated from your whole blood that has been medically prepared to be enriched with plasma platelets and proteins. Your PRP contains platelets that contain growth factors and other healing compounds. These growth factors release the signalling cascades that give instructions to your tissue to begin healing and regeneration. This has led different areas of medicine to utilize PRP for wound healing to speed up recovery time and regrow healthier, stronger tissue.
Now doctors have discovered new benefits of PRP for skin rejuvenation and for hair thickening and regrowth.
For skin rejuvenation, PRP targets your collagen and elastin, the two key components in keeping your skin tone looking even and smooth. PRP can help treat dark circles, hollowing tear troughs in the under-eye areas, nasolabial folds, or marionette lines, crepey to mildly wrinkled skin on face, neck, chest, hands, and stretch marks.
When used in hair restoration in both men and women with thinning hair, your PRP will reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth. PRP can stimulate inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase in those who have thinning hair, androgenic alopecia, or to maintain hair growth after hair-transplantation. Your growth factors and stem cells from your PRP work together to restore dormant hair follicles and jumpstarting the hair from its inactive phase into the growth stage.
PRP hair restoration in Toronto is safe and virtually carries no risk of allergic reaction or rejection because it comes from the patient’s own blood. It is very safe and has been used since the 1970s for soft tissue, joint, and other surgical healing.
PRP hair restoration in Toronto can be safely combined with other treatments for skin rejuvenation like Botox or dermal fillers. For hair loss, it can be safely combined with Minoxidil and DHT blockers.
PRP is not indicated for deep wrinkles, laxity, and significant volume loss which may be more appropriate for surgical face lift procedures. PRP is not indicated for long standing baldness other than after hair transplant.
PRP IS RICH IN GROWTH FACTORS
A small sample of your own whole blood is drawn by a certified medical practitioner similar to what is required for a blood test. Then using an innovative and leading edge technology, your blood is prepared in a centrifuge to prepare a highly concentrated solution containing only the plasma rich in platelets and their growth factors.
The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is activated to release a large number of growth factors that are all well known to stimulate wound healing, tissue regeneration, and growth. Some of these growth factors include Epidermal Growth Factor, Transforming Growth Factor, Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Collagen Stimulating Growth Factor etc.
These growth factors act instantly when activated. Therefore, PRP must be used immediately by your practitioner to your treatment areas. PRP will lose its efficacy if stored or not introduced into the target areas through injection or micro-needling immediately after preparation.
The benefits of PRP for Hair Regrowth are numerous. Although the exact mechanism of action is poorly understood, the positive effects are real and long-lasting. It is thought that PRP promotes hair growth through the following mechanisms:
Increases blood supply to the follicle
Increases shaft size (thickness of the hair)
Triggers and maintains the growth phase from dormant phase
Decreases hair loss
WHAT IS THE PRP HAIR RESTORATION PROCEDURE?
PRP Therapy is a hair loss treatment which involves multiple injections to the vascular layer of your scalp that restores miniaturized hair follicles that are in a dormant phase. The injection helps stimulates follicular progenitor cells to become healthier and larger, promoting thicker hair growth while reducing hair loss.
Whether you are male or female, suffering from hair loss from genetic causes or previous medical treatment, PRP therapy can stimulate hair to regrow and produce results.
Disclaimer: This is not the treatment of choice for those people who have had long-standing hair loss for many years or decades.
PRP scalp injections are extremely effective for people who have early signs of thinning and wish to reverse this unwanted appearance. However, the recommended treatment is 3-5 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Hair growth cycle takes 6 months, and therefore, it can take months before the results are readily appreciated after the last treatment session.
HOW DOES THE PRP HAIR RESTORATION PROCEDURE WORK?
Our procedure always begins with a consultation in which we provide a specialized assessment of hair loss and a recommendation for an appropriate procedure.
The blood is then spun through a centrifuge, leaving only the plasma that is rich in platelets and their growth factors. The highly concentrated platelets contain protein that promotes growth of cells and hair follicles, essential for stimulating hair restoration.
Once deposited into the vascular layer of your scalp, PRP works by nourishing and strengthening your own existing hair follicles. One reason for thinning hair is follicles with low hair density. PRP can actually activate follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells), to cause weak hair follicles to become healthier and larger, resulting in a more active hair growth.
The recommended treatment is 3-5 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart depending on your response and the degree of your hair thinning. New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 6-8 months and will continue to improve up to a year after treatment.