We all know that blood contains platelets that assist in clotting and healing wounds. However, many don’t know that blood also contains fundamental growth factors that are designed to restore and heal a plethora of ailments. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) harnesses these regenerative growth factors by activating them to promote natural health. This enhancement is done through stimulating rebuild of the underlying tissue and thus, the promotion of the growth of new collagen.
The result of this “fountain of youth” process can be fresher, younger, and more rejuvenated skin. PRP is harmonious with your body’s natural physiological processes, promoting an environment that is ideal for new tissue and collagen growth.
PRP has been used in facial rejuvenation around the world since 2006. Areas of treatment include cheeks/mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, neck/jaw line, décolleté, acne scarring, hands and more.
Hair growth is a popular treatment choice for PRP. Society tends to associate an abundance of hair with youthfulness/vigor; the lack of it may affect how a person is viewed. 70% of studies have shown that most men in their late 30s/40s suffer from hair loss. It may be a difficult transition to cope with; PRP is the solution.
There are very few contraindications to PRP treatment. As the patient’s own blood is used to prepare PRP, the risk of disease transmissions, allergic reactions, toxicity or rejection is avoided. Other contraindications include patients:
A few weeks after the treatment, fine lines and wrinkles may be noticeably softened. Deeper wrinkled areas may appear to be more plump/smooth. In the long term, there may be growth of new collagen and stimulation of fibroblasts (most common cells in connective tissue). Aesthetically, this may create a smoother and more even skin surface. The results vary with each person though typically you may see noticeable improvements in skin tone and texture within 3 weeks of treatment; however, results may continue for several months to come post-treatment. Combining PRP with other treatments (fillers, cosmetic laser treatments, etc.) may create outstanding outcomes.
If the hair follicles/roots are healthy, the growth of hair may be uninterrupted. Hair follicles survive on the nutrition they receive from the blood supply. Introducing platelets by administering PRP in the damaged hair follicle area amplifies the body’s natural wound healing mechanism. Post-treatment, you may return to normal activity immediately; though the scalp may need protection from sun exposure and excessive irritation. There are numerous benefits in using PRP to promote healing for hair growth. These benefits lie in the fact that the highly concentrated growth factors in platelets have been shown to generate new hair growth, thicken thinning hair, and cause hair transplants to grow at an enhanced rate.
Despite these benefits, not everyone is an ideal candidate to undergo this procedure.
Patients with an active infection related to the scalp area, history of a viral infection (shingles, blood-clotting disorder), on blood-thinning medications (aspiring, immunosuppressive drugs) would not be ideal candidates.
Moreover, if the hair follicles are completely lost, this procedure is less likely to assist in producing viable results.
PRP works by enhancing and strengthening your pre-existing hair follicles. One reason that hair may thin is if the follicle has low hair density. On average, two or three strands of hair grow from a single follicle. In people with thin hair, most follicles have only a single strand of hair. The procedure may increase the number of hair strands per each follicle, enhancing hair density.
Phase I involves blood extraction from the patient; this blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood’s components. Platelets are obtained and may multiply; this multiplication process generates growth factors, which may ultimately be served as stimuli for the scalp’s cells.
Phase 2 involves platelet/growth factors are provided to the scalp. This process promotes healing of punctures as well as new hair growth. Different vitamins, minerals, and hyaluronic acid may be provided after PRP treatment.
What is Harvest PRP ?
Harvest is an autologous (derived from your own body) composed of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Harvest’s mechanism of action involves injecting the face in order to stimulate an increase of collagen and cell production. Collagen production decreases as we age, causing the skin to lose vascularity, tightness and elasticity (recoil). PRP provides the solution to this by containing many growth factors that stimulate new collagen formation. These growth factors can also be used to restore the hair follicles on the scalp.
How long does Harvest last?
Harvest® has been shown to last up to 12 months. It takes up to 3-8 weeks to see the full results of Harvest, since the body has to form its own collagen. It is recommended that patients eat a higher protein diet than normal to help the body along after Harvest treatments.
How will I look post-treatment?
Post-treatment injection sites will have some redness and swelling. Some patients will have some bruising that can remain for up to a week.
What is the difference between Harvest and Selphyl?
Both are autologous fillers composed of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and have similar cosmetic effects. Harvest typically has twice as much PRP as Selphyl thus twice as much or more of the essential growth factors for stimulating collagen growth. Harvest double spin methods produce significantly higher quality PRP with higher concentrations of growth factors and platelets than Selphyl, Regenlab and Eclipse methods.
Hair loss therapy is a combination of amino acids (arginine, cysteine, glutamine, glycine, ornithine), Biotin, Vitamin B (B3, B5, B6, B8, B12), and minerals (zinc). This composition allows considerable room for improvement in the structure of the hair, the regulation of sebum secretion, stimulation growth, and halting hair loss. It may also be used as a dandruff treatment by rebuilding and maintaining the protective function of the scalp. HairCare is recommended for patients who have dull, weak, luster-lacking, or escaping hair.
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