PLATELET RICH PLASMA therapy
Platelet Riche Plasma (PRP) is plasma with a rich concentration of platelets.
PRP is a technique used in dermatology, as well as in several other clinical areas, including ophthalmology, orthopaedics, sports medicine, cardiology, plastic surgery, and neurology.
- in dermatology, this technique is used to stimulate hair growth and as a treatment for skin rejuvenation.
PRP and loss of hair
The treatment is a non-surgical procedure and takes about 60 minutes.
During the treatment, some blood will be drawn from you. This blood is centrifuged and processed. This separates the platelet-rich blood plasma.
After activation these platelets secrete multiple substances (including growth factors).
These growth factors influence cell activity with regenerative processes such as improved blood flow and this strengthening of the natural growth of the hair follicles, among others.
In recent years, the number of publications on the use of PRP has been increased exponentially.
Some publications as illustration:
- Autologous platelet-rich plasma : A potential therapeutic tool for promoting hair growth. Dermatol Surg 2012;38:1040-6
- Greco, Brandt. The effects of autologous platelet rich plasma and various growth factors on non-transplanted miniaturized hair. Hair Transplant Forum 2009;19:49-50
- Lopez et al. Autologous platelet-rich plasma as a potential therapeutic tool in androgenetic alopecia. J Am Acad Dermatol 2013;68:SAB 103
- Khatu et al. Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia:Myth or an Effective Tool. J cutan Aesthet Surg 2014;7(2):107-110
PRP and hair transplant
PRP against hair loss can also be combined before and/or after a hair transplant.
This allows wound healing to take place faster, and it has a positive effect on the blood circulation of the scalp, which ultimately leads to even better results.
PRP and skin rejuvenation
The PRP technique is also a non-surgical, body-specific treatment for rejuvenating the skin. It stimulates collagen production and healthy tissue growth in the body, resulting in a natural skin improvement process.
- Cho et al. PRP induces increased expression of G1 cell cycle regulators, type I collagen, and matrix metallo proteinase-1 in human skin fibroblasts.
- Anitua et al. Fibroblastic response to treatment with different preparations rich in growth factors. Cell Prolif. 2009; 42:162-170
- Kim et al. Can platelet-rich plasma be used for skin rejuvenation? Evaluation of effects of platelet-rich plasma on human dermal fibroblast. Ann Dermatol 2011;23:424-31
- Nassab et al., “The Use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Facial Rejuvenation: Patient Reported Outcomes”, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, London, Sep. 2012
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