Platelet-Rich-Plasma has been used for a number of years in medicine. It’s origin is from sports medicine where it has been shown to speed up healing and repair after an injury.
PRP is a relatively new medical treatment for hair loss. Revivo Hair recommends using PRP along with a FUE hair transplantation to speed up the repair and healing process and to induce faster hair growth. This can be combined with derma roller treatment
PRP does not have to be combined with FUE hair transplantation. If the patient wishes to reduce hair loss and promote re-growth then Revivo Hair recommends combining it with Micro needling.
To understand how it works, we require to look at the role that platelets play when the body sustain an injury or pain. When the body upholds an injury, surgical or traumatic, it starts a series of responses and platelets are often amongst the first cells to take charge. If wound leads to bleeding the platelets will originally obtain homeostasis – i.e. stop the bleeding. Discontinuing the bleeding is not sufficient as the wound needs to be cured.
The platelets directly or indirectly results in releasing a variety of substances and signals that will form a vital part of further healing and curing. Usually whole blood the concentration of platelets is 150,000-400,000 platelets per micro-liter of blood with an average of about 200,000 platelets/mcl.
When entire blood is centrifuged around 45% of the volume will settle in the base of the blood tube as Red Blood Cells (RBC). Above Red Blood Cells find blood plasma. Plasma is the 55% of the volume of the total blood that is lighter in weight and therefore floats above the Red Blood Cells. The plasma also holds the platelets.
We thus have 100% of the platelets in 55% of the volume – which is about x1.8 higher concentration of platelets in the plasma than in the whole blood. Still we can achieve even higher degrees of platelet-concentrations.
If the plasma (the yellowish 55% volume floating on top of the Red Blood Cells) is separated and spinned again, then the plasma will separate further into a lower portion of plasma with most/all of the platelets called PRP and a portion of plasma above with fewer platelets which is termed Platelet-POOR-Plasma or PPP. Say if 20% of the lower portion is used we had have a PRP with nearly x5 higher concentration of platelets as compared to whole blood.
With such an elevated concentration of “repair/healing/growth/collagen-stimulating” cells injected into a relatively tiny area the area gets an increase that is far beyond what the tissue would otherwise accept in normal capillary blood vessels.