Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is a cutting edge treatment that uses a solution created with a high concentration of platelets which are administered to the treatment area via an injection. These injections of PRP are used to stimulate and promote healthy tissue regeneration.
The platelets used in the PRP treatments are naturally found in the human body and work by repairing damaged tissue. These platelets also help to stimulate the body’s own stem cells to move towards the tissue damage to help in the repair process.
PRP is created by extracting the patients’ blood which is then run through a centrifuge machine. The centrifuge machine then spins the blood around at a high speed which in turn separates out the red and white blood cells from the platelets. The result is a high concentration of platelet rich plasma which contains three to five times the normal number of platelets found in blood. It also contains PDGF (platelet derived growth factor), VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), TGF (transforming growth factor), and other proteins that help with soft tissue healing.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment
As one of only a handful of hair transplant surgeons in New York, Dr. Jacono offers PRP hair loss treatments and hair loss preventative treatments at his Long Island and NYC offices.
For hair loss treatments, Dr. Jacono will perform the PRP injections in conjunction with a hair transplant procedure. This not only helps to speed up the healing process, but it also helps to reduce and minimize scar formation on the scalp. This treatment is offered for both his Neograft hair transplant patients and those who receive a traditional strip hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Jacono also uses the PRP as a hair loss preventative treatment. When injected into the scalp, PRP has shown that it will help to slow down hair loss and in many cases, stimulate hair growth in hair follicles that have begun to minimize. For this treatment, Dr. Jacono recommends a series of injections over the course of a year with each set of injections happening every other month.
ACell® + PRP Treatments
Another wound healing product that is used with PRP is called ACell®. This FDA approved cellular regeneration product is combined with the patient’s own stem cells and has shown to improve hair regrowth in both male and female patients.
This unique proprietary healing agent is created using tissue from pig bladders and is safe for most patients. Patients who have known allergic reactions or sensitivity to porcine materials should not use ACell® at all. The products chemical structure is very like human tissue and contains rich collagens and proteins that are perfect for wound healing.
Dr. Jacono can combine ACell® with PRP and inject both into the scalp. This application of PRP + ACell® then causes the miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and grow larger. This will help to create a more robust hair growth from the transplanted donor hairs.
This treatment is effective for both men and women who suffer from hair loss. ACell® works by activating adult stem cells called follicular progenitor cells. Combined with the healing factors of PRP that promote rapid cell growth, this treatment effectively regrows hair for those suffering from eyebrow hypotrichosis and alopecia areata.
Benefit of ACell + PRP
One of the main benefits from ACell® and PRP therapy is that it helps protects against additional hair loss while it restores hair quantity for patients who have thinning hair. Dr. Jacono uses this treatment for:
- Male hair loss
- Female hair loss
- Alopecia Areata
Dr. Jacono also uses this procedure as an option for patients who had previously undergone hair restoration surgery. It is a great way to increase hair density without the need for additional surgeries.
Results from ACell® + PRP
Patients generally see new hair growth become visible within 4 to 6 months following their ACell® + PRP injections. Hair will continue to thicken over the following year. Thicker and denser hair is typically noticeable in the treated area and especially evident in the hair line. Results typically last up to a year and can be prolonged with follow-up ACell® + PRP treatments.
Dr. Jacono and his staff will monitor your hair growth and develop a customized regimen that will be optimal for each patient’s needs.
To learn more about PRP treatments, including ACell® + PRP, contact Dr. Jacono today to schedule your consultation. You can also schedule an appointment by calling his office at 516-773-4646.