The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic offers the latest and most effective treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to help with the battle against hair loss. PRP is a fairly simple, non-surgical and natural treatment for hair loss that uses a patient’s own Platelet Rich Plasma from their blood to repair damaged hair follicles, stimulate hair growth and provide fuller and healthier hair. The procedure only takes approximately 30 minutes and within a few months provides some very noticeable results. It is great for patients looking for an effective, yet affordable alternative to long term, daily hair restoration treatments but it is also very important in stimulating robust hair growth when used as an adjunct to an FUE hair transplant procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy in Toronto
How does it work?
Restore and Stimulate
A patient’s own PRP is injected into the areas of the scalp that may be experiencing some level of hair loss. The healing and growth factors in this PRP work to restore and stimulate hair growth. PRP is effective for male and female hair lossand we have seen some outstanding results so far with our PRP patients.
A patient’s platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains active growth factors that stimulate hair growth when injected into the areas of the damaged follicles. A sample of blood is drawn from the patient and then placed in to a centrifuge where it is spun at very high speeds until the enriched stems cells or platelets (PRP) are separated from the other blood components. Once the PRP has been isolated, it is injected into the scalp using a needle. The PRP works to stimulate natural hair growth by repairing dormant or damaged hair follicles.
The experienced and trained team at The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic make sure that the procedure is done properly, and the injections will leave a small amount of plasma close to the hair follicles so that they are stimulated by the growth factors and stem cells, this is what will eventually produce higher quality hair and accelerated hair growth. PRP has been used as a stand-alone hair restoration treatment to restore certain types of hair loss. In most cases however it works great in conjunction with a hair transplant to assist in ensuring the greatest results.
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What is PRP therapy?
Showing Proven Results
Most patients that we consult with at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic are very well researched before they arrive and have a pretty good understanding of what is causing their hair lossand what hair restoration options are available to them. One of the most recent treatments that is showing proven results is the use of PRP, otherwise known as platelet-rich plasma therapy, for treating the loss or thinning of hair.
The use of PRP in hair transplant procedures began when a group of hair transplant doctors were looking for a way to ensure the survival rate of the grafts that were to be used in the hair transplant process. If a follicular graft that has been harvested from the donor area is away from its natural blood supply for too long it will die. Protocols and steps are taken to ensure the survival of the majority ofgrafts until they are able to be transplanted in to the recipient site. However, that has not always meantthat even when the graft was successfully transplanted that it would ultimately survive and even more, flourish in its new home.
This is what led to the studies of using PRP in hair restoration treatments. This PRP had been used for decades in sports medicine and for many years in other fields of medicine to stimulate and enhance tissue repair while also promoting a faster healing time after surgery or injuries, such as burns.
What is a Platelet?
Platelets are a component of the biological makeup of our blood. Along with red and white blood cells, platelets play a very important partof our blood system. Red and white blood cells have a nucleus but, platelets don’t. Therefore, they are not actually considered “cells” like a red or a white blood cell is. They are also smaller then the red and white blood cells.
Platelets are most significantly known as the major player in blood clotting and wound healing. When an injury causes a wound that is bleeding, platelets are the “first responders”that begin the blood clotting process. This process works in 3 steps:
- Platelets play a big part in the release of chemical factors that are important to the formation of clots.
- The platelets will manipulate their shape to “interlock” with other platelets and form a barrier that stops the bleeding of the wound.
- This barrier is constructed by these“interlocked platelets” as well as strands of fibrin.
Platelets are the first responders to any injury that is bleeding. They are also a biochemical storehouse of all ofthe molecules that are responsible for the regulation and signaling of these growth-factors that all play a big partin the recovery and healing of flesh and tissue.
Factors Associated with PRP
Platelet-derived growth factors – responsible for blood vessel growth, cell replication, formation of skin
Transforming growth factor beta – responsible for matrix between cells, as well as bone metabolism
Vascular endothelial growth factor – promotes the formation of blood vessels
Epidermal growth factor – promotes cell growth and differentiation, as well as the formation of collagen and blood vessels
Fibroblast growth factor – responsible for the growth of specialized cells and the formation of blood vessels
Insulin growth factor – regulates the normal physiology of almost every cell in the body.
Is PRP a new thing?
Not exactly, but it is fairly new as far as being used for hair restoration. This treatment has been used for decades in other surgical applications and wound care, initially it started as a healing adjunct to assist with open heart surgery. It has in recent years shown proven results when used for hair restoration and even more recently in serious spinal injuries.
Will it hurt?
Patients may experience some pain and discomfort from the injections themselves. We administer local anaesthetic beforehand to alleviate any possible discomfort or pain.
How many sessions are necessary?
An effective PRP treatment requires 3 treatments spread out over 1-month intervals. So, to be the most effective, a patient will have the 1st treatment and wait 3-4 weeks before having their 2nd treatment and wait 3-4 more weeks before having their 3rd treatment. Further studies are showing that regular treatments every year are also beneficial.
How much does it cost?
A single treatment costs $1,200 + HST, but if you purchase a package of 3, it is only $3,000 + HST (a savings of $600). Further treatments are charged at $1,000 +HST as needed.