Facts about Platelet-Rich -Plasma Injection Therapy in Arizona
Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is an innovative technology developed almost two decades ago to alleviate healing of wounds and blood loss in heart surgery. Then its benefits were extended to the field of orthopedics for it facilitates the healing of muscles, especially for athletes on the field. For the last three years, studies were concentrated on its power in restoring hair loss. PRP is a cell-based therapy using the patientâs own blood to promote faster healing and increase regeneration of hair cells.
Concentrated platelets are contained in the huge reservoir of bioactive proteins in the PRP. These are vital to trigger and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. Since the plasma originates from the blood of the patient, it is termed autologous; safe and cannot be rejected.
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient's arm much like the procedure of a blood test. Blood is centrifuged to separate the platelets from the other contents blood components. The process lasts less than 15 minutes but it is potent to increase the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600%. Platelets are re-injected into the affected scalp area of the patient. Once returned to the body, the platelets start releasing growth factors and signaling proteins that basically directs the stem cells what to do. The stem cells like construction workers will follow the direction of platelets that are acting like foremen. Once activated, the stem cells are capable of many remarkable things doing repairs and creating new hair cells.
What happens within?
Stem cells are also found under the skinâs fatty layers by the researchers and they learned that molecular signals coming from these cells were necessary to spur hair growth. Although balding men still have stem cells in their follicle roots but these stem cells are not able to receive any signal to make them start growing hair. Studies made in the University of Yale revealed that as soon as hair growth starts, the process of adipogenesis begins with fat layers expanding. They found that creation of new fat cells is required for hair regeneration.
Presence of certain factors in the body diminishes stem cell release. One is alcohol. Those undergoing the treatment are advised to refrain from alcohol as it will block the healing process. Smoking too will do the same; therefore, those under PRP therapy must reduce cigarette smoking to allow optimal healing to continue.There are certain supplements to maximize the release of stem cells actually increasing their number. These include blueberry extract, carnosine, green tea extract and vitamin D3.