PRP FOR HAIR LOSS
Dr. Cappuccino is proud to offer PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy for hair loss as an exciting new non-surgical therapeutic option for men and women who suffer from thinning hair. This advanced and FDA cleared hair restoration technique uses a patient's own blood to effectively treat hair loss, stimulate new hair growth, as well as enhance the recovery and results of hair transplant surgery. PRP injections reverse the shrinkage of hair follicles that occurs during androgenetic alopecia and stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase. PRP treatment is a non- surgical, totally natural, alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or hair thinning due to androgenic alopecia (common baldness). The treatment involves withdrawing a sample of the patient’s own blood, processing it so only the PRP growth factors remain, and injecting it into the scalp to stimulate natural hair growth.
Dr. Cappuccino also uses PRP therapy as a beneficial supplement in hair transplantation. PRP not only promotes wound healing at the surgical site, but it also stimulates hair growth immediately following hair transplant surgery. PRP injections can be used in many ways during and after hair transplant surgery. Often the extracted hair grafts are soaked in this concentrated platelet rich plasma and PRP is also injected back into the recipient scalp sites.
PRP contains specific growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle:
- 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
THE PRP PROCEDURE
Dr. Cappuccino takes a sample of blood which is then prepared in a centrifuge so that only activated platelet rich plasma (PRP) remain. Care is taken to concentrate the PRP to 6X normal levels. Topical and local anesthetic is used to numb the scalp to be treated. The PRP and its essential growth proteins is injected into the scalp with a very fine needle with care being taken not to damage surrounding hair. The entire procedure takes approximately 45 minutes. 3 sessions are required, each 1 month apart. A maintenance treatment is recommended every 6 months or one year as needed. In addition to the PRP therapy, it is recommended to use Minoxidil and DHT blockers. It is possible to use PRP hair restoration therapy alone to promote hair growth or it can also be used in combination with hair transplant or restoration surgery.
EFFICACY OF PRP
PRP is a potential emerging non-surgical based therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation for thinning hair. Larger clinical studies are pending but the current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results. One recent study of 100 patients undergoing PRP hair restoration showed an increase in hair density of 30% at 3 months following treatment. The life cycle of a hair follicle can last from 2-8 years and has 4 stages: anagen (growth phase), catagen (regression phase), telogen (resting phase), and exogen (shedding phase). New hair only grows in the anagen phase so it may take a few months to see new hair growth after your PRP treatment.
PRP TREATMENT COST
PRP hair restoration therapy varies from approximately $750 for a full scalp treatment. For more information on PRP hair restoration therapy contact Dr. Guy Cappuccino in Mt. Airy at 301-829-4110 or visit www.DrCappuccino.com
* Individual results may vary. Refer to disclaimer below.
VITAMINS AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR HAIR LOSS
At The Maryland Hair Center, we educate patients on the vital role that nutrition plays in healthy hair growth. Our clinic supports patients who prefer a more holistic hair loss treatment approach. Dr. Cappuccino has extensive knowledge in the vitamins and minerals that can promote stable hair growth. Your recommended diet or nutritional supplements may include Folic Acid, Iron, Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin E and others. It is important that patients follow Dr. Cappuccino’s instructions for nutritional supplements, as taking too many vitamins can potentially cause more harm than good.