Dr. Cole Now Offers Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Treatment
The following is summarized based on an article published by Dr. Cole's clinic in our community forum. Please note that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a new and experimental hair treatment. Although many clinics in the U.S and even overseas are starting to offer PRP to their patients nowadays, it is still largely unproven on many levels so readers are advised to proceed with caution. Be sure to check with your own physician and talk to as many people and doctors as possible before considering this as an option for hair loss or thinning hair. There is no guarantee what kind of results you may obtain and whether there are any side effects currently unknown to the medical community. Readers should also exercise caution with respect to the following contents as they are prepared strictly based on info provided by Dr. Cole's clinic, we have not conducted our own fact check on the information presented below.
Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
According to Dr. Cole's clinic, Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a cell based hair therapy using the patient's own blood as growth factors. The growth factors are concentrated, in multiples of as high as 5 times their natural concentration. The benefits of this treatment protocol have been applied in many disciplines of modern medicine, but only recently have they been applied to hair restoration surgery and hair restoration in general. It is suggested that PRP may promote faster healing but still it is too early to determine conclusively if it has any positive effects on higher hair transplant yield of graft growth.
At Dr. Cole's clinic, PRP is administered to both the donor site and the recipient site of their hair transplant patients. The goal is to improve post surgical healing and possibly enhance graft yield. Dr. Cole is not the only clinic that embraces the use of PRP in hair restoration. According to Dr. Cole, Dr. Ubel found that PRP improved graft growth by 15% while Dr. Greco has reported that up to 75% of patients respond to when he combines his patented matrix complex.
As for using PRP as a stand alone treatment for miniaturized hairs in people suffering from Androgenic Alopecia, Dr. Cole feels that the potentials are there, pending further studies and experiments. Current recommendations for PRP as a stand alone treatment for hair loss or thinning hair is approximately once every 10 to 11 months.
Besides PRP, Dr. Cole and his team are also offering microneedling to their patients to improve natural collagen induction in dermal layers.
Platelet Rich Plasma Background
Platelets are also called thrombocytes formed by fragmentation of megakaryoctes in the bone marrow. They function in helping the body form blood clots or hemostasis. They also serve as a natural source of growth factors.
It has been reported that the three primary benefits of PRP are stem cell binding, growth factor concentration, and tissue regeneration. Stem cells are stimulated to regenerate new tissue.
Among some of the growth factors that are discovered in PRP include:
- Epithelial Growth Factor,
- Fibroblast Growth Factor,
- Platelet Derived Growth Factor,
- Transforming Growth Factor – Beta,
- Transforming Growth Factor- Alpha,
- Interleukin 1, and
- Vascular Endotheial Growth Factor (VEGF).
It is only recently that platelet rich plasma (PRP) was introduced for hair transplant surgery and on a very limited scale, a stand alone treatment for hair loss and thinning hair in men and women.
To read the full article published by Dr. Cole's clinic, click Dr. Cole Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Therapy.