Regenerative Medicine techniques can be used to enhance the appearance of the skin and to promote hair growth.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA
The same platelet rich plasma (PRP) we use for muscle and joint injections can be used for aesthetic facial rejuvenation and hair restoration. PRP is a concentrate of platelets taken from your own blood. Platelets produce growth factors important in healing and tissue regeneration, making PRP an excellent tool in revitalizing the skin and promoting hair growth.
IS IT REALLY PRP?
If you only get a few standard-sized test tubes of blood drawn and somehow there is a large volume of "PRP" to inject, it is most likely not just PRP. You have probably been given the entire plasma fraction that includes both PRP and Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP). The PPP is going to dilute the PRP and decrease its effectiveness.
Our office uses the Arthrex Angel System to separate PRP from whole blood. It takes approximately 120 cc of whole blood to make about 5 to 6 cc of PRP. The Angel System is not just a regular centrifuge like you will find in most offices. It has the capability to deliver platelet concentrations up to 18x baseline with adjustable white blood cell concentrations. It utilizes the principle of flow cytometry, or light absorption by cells, to achieve precise separation with reproducible results. The Angel System separates whole blood into PRP, PPP, and red blood cells - into separate containers. There is no guess work or "eyeball" technique for extraction like used in most offices.
If you are shopping around for PRP procedures make sure you ask how its made and extracted!
PRP can be used in a variety of ways during a facial procedure:
PRP can be injected under the skin in problem areas, with or without dermal fillers (aka PRP Facelift)
PRP can be applied to the surface of the skin prior to and/or during microneedling (aka Vampire Facial)
PRP can be both injected under the skin to problem areas (without dermal fillers) & applied to the surface of the skin prior to and/or during microneedling
PRP AND HAIR RESTORATION
The PRP produced in our office has up to approximately 18 times the number of platelets found in ordinary blood. These platelets produce:
Platelet-derived growth factor
Transforming growth factor
Insulin-like growth factor 1
Vascular endothelial growth factor
Keratinocyte growth factor
All of these are important in hair development and growth. PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Like with a PRP facial, microneedling can be used along with the injections.
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West Chester, Ohio 45069
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