PRP

PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

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PRP therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient's own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the scalp. PRP contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth. It is a proactive therapeutic option for both male and female patients experiencing hair loss. The treatment can also be combined with hair transplant surgery, and microneedling.

 

Selphyl PRP System

At Lewisburg Plastic Surgery we will be using the Selphyl® System that is designed for the safe and rapid preparation of Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) from a small sample of blood at the patient point of care. Many PRP systems require operator skill, have varying results and have extensive contamination with red blood cells and white blood cells. Selphyl® removes virtually all contaminating cells and is independent of operator technique. PRP is converted to PRFM through a controlled process, creating a scaffold that serves to protect and preserve platelets. Think of Selphyl® PRFM as the next generation PRP.

 

Steps for the Treatment Process

1. During a short office visit (30 minutes), a small amount of a patient’s own blood is drawn into a vacuum collection tube containing a cell separator gel.

2. The tube is then placed into a centrifuge and spun for six minutes to separate the blood into a supernatant plasma/platelet suspension.

3. The red and white blood cells are located below the cell separator gel.

4. The platelets and plasma are then transferred in a closed system to a second vacuum tube containing a small amount of calcium chloride solution.

5. Fibrin polymerization begins and the PRP remains liquid for approximately 10 minutes before forming PRFM.

6. The patient’s own PRFM is ready for use as deemed appropriate by the clinical use requirements.

 

How It Works

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform in your doctor’s office.
 
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The number of treatments needed depends on each individual patient, the desired outcome, and your doctor’s treatment plan.
 
IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Unlike other products that are acidic (low pH), Selphyl® PRFM has close to physiologic pH. There may be some temporary discomfort during the injections. Like all injection procedures, one can experience occasional redness and bruising immediately following the treatment that resolves quickly.
 
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
There have been no known side effects associated with Selphyl® reported to date. As with any injectable procedure, some patients may experience some mild and temporary irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site.
 
CAN ANYONE BE ALLERGIC TO SELPHYL®?
There is virtually no risk of allergic reaction. The Selphyl® PRFM System is used to rapidly collect and isolate a patient’s own PRFM for injection and contains no animal or synthetic products.

Results

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PRP therapy offers the opportunity for hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery or those patients wanting a more aggressive nonsurgical approach to treatment. For our surgical patients PRP therapy is performed at the same day as the hair restoration surgery. Results will vary from patient to patients.