A platelet-rich fibrin treatment (PRF) uses your body’s own platelets to help repair cells and encourage cell growth. Your blood is made up of many different components, including platelets. Platelets help your blood clot when you get cut, nourish and repair damaged cells, increase cell turnover, foster collagen production, stimulate blood supply, boost stem cell rejuvenation, and stimulate growth factors. Physicians found that they could speed healing of damaged tissues by injecting a patient’s own platelets in damaged tissues.* This treatment is used in knee repairs, wound management, healing chronic diabetic ulcers, severe burn trauma, and cosmetic medical applications.
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common cause of chronic hair loss, affecting both men and women. In women, hair loss is usually throughout the scalp. In men, hair loss is usually along the front hairline (receding hairline) or balding on the top of the scalp. In AGA, hair follicles start to shrink and die due to lack of blood supply and insufficient nourishment.
PRF helps stimulate hair growth in patients with AGA by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles. The increase in blood supply provides nourishment to hair follicles, which increases follicle diameter and leads to thicker hair shafts. This increased nourishment also stimulates new follicle growth, and thus new hair growth.*
PRF works best in patients with hair loss patterns typical of AGA and in patients that started experiencing hair loss within the last five years. The earlier PRF is started the better the results will be. Patients that have been experiencing hair loss for more than five years or exhibit other types of hair loss might see some improvement in hair growth from PRF.
Oral hormone medications can have undesirable side effects, and topical hormone medications can be messy and difficult to apply. In addition, some patients simply do not respond to hormone hair loss medications. For these reasons, PRF treatments can be a great alternative to medication.
For patients able to tolerate and see results from hormone hair loss medications, using PRF treatments in conjunction has been shown to dramatically enhance hair growth.*