Doctors interested in learning how to use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat sports injuries and chronic pain can attend training courses offered by a Utah-based company known as Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI). Interestingly, they can also learn how to use the same treatment to promote hair growth in people suffering from alopecia or male pattern baldness. That’s right, PRP therapy is slowly gaining a reputation as an effective hair loss treatment for some people.
Apex Biologix points out to doctors that PRP therapy is not right for everyone. Furthermore, it does not work for everyone. But it does work for enough patients to warrant undergoing training. Patients who benefit from the treatment can go on to regrow full heads of hair without the need for pharmaceutical products or invasive transplant procedures.
The Definition of PRP
Understanding how PRP therapy is applied to hair growth begins with the knowledge of what PRP actually is. Platelet-rich plasma is a product derived from human blood. As you may already know, blood consists of three primary components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. All three are suspended in blood plasma.
PRP is blood plasma that has been processed in a centrifuge in order to concentrate its platelets. The resulting platelets are rich in growth factors and essential nutrients.
In a PRP procedure intended to treat hair loss, blood is extracted from the patient in the same way it would be for a simple blood test. It is then processed in a centrifuge and applied to the skin by way of either injections or a micro needling process. The most important thing to understand is that the patient’s own blood is the basis for the treatment. Doctors do not extract blood from one person and use it to treat another.
The Post Treatment Response
Doctors use PRP because of the growth factors it contains. These growth factors do a number of things. First and foremost, they act as messengers to tell hair follicles to get busy. They also send out a call for the body to send more stem cells to the area. This combination of growth factors, stem cells and the nutrients found in plasma trigger the body’s natural response to grow hair.
The mechanism involved here is something medical science has known about for a while. In fact, it is a mechanism that has been harnessed by surgeons to promote post-surgical wound healing for decades. By concentrating blood platelets and injecting them into the site of a surgical procedure, doctors promote faster healing that reduces the risk of infection and other complications.
This mechanism is also one of the basis of using PRP therapy to treat people suffering from the chronic pain of osteoarthritis. Injecting PRP into an affected joint stimulates the body to respond in such a way as to alleviate the pain.
Individual Hair Growth
As stated previously, PRP therapy works for many people looking to regrow hair, but not for everyone. Also, there is no way to know beforehand whether it will work. Some people respond extremely well with just a single treatment. Others need multiple treatments before they see the kind of hair growth they expect. Still others undergo multiple treatments and barely see any results at all.
If you are a doctor looking to offer alternative hair growth treatments to your patients, you may want to consider PRP therapy. Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute conducts multiple training courses in various locations around the country, throughout the calendar year. Once trained, you can begin offering PRP therapy in your own office.