Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an in-office procedure usually taking about 60-90 minutes for scalp injections for hair loss treatment. There is only minimal discomfort with no downtime, and you can drive immediately after.
A sample of your blood is drawn in our office and spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. The extracted PRP, from your blood, is then injected into the scalp targeted for hair growth. PRP can promote significant hair growth and is used either in place of or synergistic with Hair Transplantation.
PRP is a relatively new procedure used in hair regrowth and arthritic joint repair. PRP is used because the platelets normally found in ones blood is populated with granules rich in healing and growth factors. For example, when skin is injured platelets soon populate the area and release their granules to heal the injury by repairing the skin and repopulating the damaged hair follicles. When PRP is injected into the scalp with hair loss the platelets release the granules aiding in hair regrowth. When PRP is injected into an arthritic joint, the released granules repair damage caused by arthritis.
PRP can be used with or without a hair transplantation. When PRP is used during a hair transplant procedure, we soak your grafts in the plasma obtained from your own blood. This is to aide in the survival of your grafts which we feel is more advantageous compared to the usual Normal Saline. In humans, plasma provides all the cells of the body with nutrients to survive. Thus it only makes sense that your grafts should soak in plasma rather than Normal Saline that is usually used when a PRP is not provided during a hair transplant procedure.
During your free consultation, Dr. Zacco and you will create an individualized hair restoration plan for you. For your convenience, we provide a free consultation via Face Time, Skype, or at either of our locations. It’s simple, contact us and we will be happy to schedule or perform a free hair restoration consultation.
Dr. Arthur Zacco
6400 Creedmoor Rd Ste #104 Raleigh, NC 27613
410 E Williams St Apex, NC 27502