A pioneer in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Dr. John Kahen has treated countless patients with PRP to aid in hair loss and has generated incredible results.
What it is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma, often termed as PRP, is concentrated blood plasma that contains five to 10 times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. PRP contains white and red blood cells and it contains cells known as platelets. Platelets play a significant role in the human body. They are the reason your body has the ability to heal itself at the site of a wound. Platelets contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body and also assist in clotting the blood, which is essential for the body to heal wounds.
How is PRP administered?
This therapy is administered via injections to the scalp. Dr.Kahen’s PRP procedures begin with the collection of 54 milliliters of the patient’s blood retracted from their arm. The blood is amalgamated with 6 milliliters of Anticoagulant Citrate Dextrose Solution, and is then placed in a centrifuge for fifteen minutes to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other components the blood harbors. The scalp is prepped with betadine solution to help reduce bacteria that can potentially cause infection. When the blood is centrifuged, approximately 11 milliliters of concentrated platelets remain, which are then injected 4 millimeters deep into the dermis using 1 cc syringes with 27 gage needles. Results will be visible roughly four months following the procedure.
What does PRP do?
The idea behind PRP therapy is that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body’s healing capacity in that area would be accelerated thus also accelerating the growth and characteristics of hair follicles such as thickening and creating density. If the hair follicle and its root are healthy then the growth will be healthy as well. Hair follicles survive through the nutrients they receive from its supply of blood so by introducing platelets to the blood via the administration of PRP, it amplifies the body’s scalps ability to produce healthier follicles. PRP thickens hair follicles thus improving hair density, reverses hair thinning, accelerates healing when used during hair restoration surgery, may be a positive alternative for non-surgical hair restoration treatment
How long does it take?
The procedure takes about an hour to an hour and a half.
How much does it cost?
On average this PRP therapy for hair loss and hair thinning rages between $1,500-$2,000.
How often should it be administered?
The frequency of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy depends on the degree of hair loss of a person.