PRP and ACell® Injection Therapy
The latest non-surgical treatment for thinning hair and hair loss combines the proven regenerative properties of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and ACell® MatriStem® matrix. These activating components are combined to form a potent series of microinjections to stimulate, strengthen, and restore miniaturized hair follicles. Our hair restoration surgeon, James E. Vogel, MD, believes this effective injectable therapy has shown tremendous potential among well-qualified patients experiencing both genetic and non-hereditary types of hair loss. He is enthusiastic about offering this quick, minimally-invasive treatment to help male and female patients who want to prevent hair loss and regrow hair.
What is PRP and ACell® Injection Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and ACell® injection therapy provides the scalp with growth factors that have the potential to activate weakened and thinning hair follicles and encourage hair growth. To create the PRP, the patient’s own blood is drawn the day of the procedure and is separated using a special, computerized centrifuge. The highly concentrated PRP is then combined with ACell® MatriStem® matrix. This creates a potent blend of growth factors and proteins that promote cellular regeneration and hair growth. Together, PRP and ACell® work synergistically, providing a steady supply of essential growth factors to the hair follicles, which can essentially reverse the hair loss process in many patients.
What Are The Benefits of PRP and ACell® Injection Therapy?
While this application of PRP and ACell® is still relatively new, individually, these products are both FDA-approved for wound healing and restorative purposes. However, for hair restoration, the use of ACell® and PRP is considered “off label.” Off label use of medical treatments is common practice. Initial clinical results have revealed that PRP and ACell® treatment can often offer the following benefits:
- Prevention of further hair loss
- Strengthening of weak hair
- Stimulation of new hair growth
Ideal candidates for PRP and ACell® are men and women who are already utilizing another non-surgical hair loss method such as Propecia® (finasteride), Rogaine®, Formula 82M, or low level laser therapy (LLLT) with a laser comb or cap. The reason for this is to position the hair in the maximal growing phase when the ACell® and PRP are provided. Those in the early stages of hair loss may benefit most from this injectable therapy, along with patients who have undergone hair transplant surgery and need an effective method for retaining non-transplanted hairs. The procedure is especially helpful for women with general hair thinning. Ultimately, Dr. Vogel can evaluate your hair loss during a consultation and determine if PRP and ACell® injection therapy – or another type of hair restoration treatment – is best suited for your individual hair loss pattern.
How is PRP and ACell® Injection Therapy Performed?
Once you and Dr. Vogel have decided to move forward with PRP and ACell® injection therapy, you can schedule your session. On the day of your treatment, a sample of your blood will be collected and centrifuged to extract the PRP, which is then combined with powdered ACell®. During this time, injections of local anesthetic will be administered throughout your scalp. When the scalp is completely numb, Dr. Vogel will carefully inject the PRP and ACell® into designated areas of the scalp at a precise depth beneath the skin where it can be most beneficial to the follicles. Treatment typically takes about 90 minutes, and you can usually resume your workday or regular activities right after your session.
So the immediate benefits of this quick procedure are:
- Minimally-invasive and generally well-tolerated
- Recovery is usually swift and easily manageable
- Treatment lasts approximately 90 minutes
- Most patients can return to work or regular activities right after treatment
Preparation of PRP
The patient’s blood is placed in to a special cylinder and then centrifuged into plasma, platelet-white-blood cell, and packed red blood cell layers. The plasma and platelet-white-blood cell layers are removed and then centrifuged again.
A concentrated collection of the platelets and white blood cells are isolated at the bottom of the cylinder. The platelets are mixed into a small amount of plasma (looks cloudy when concentrated and mixed), and then transferred into a syringe for injection. The syringe depicted now contains the platelet rich plasma (PRP).
What Can I Expect After PRP and ACell® Injection Therapy?
Once the local anesthetic wears off after treatment, your scalp may feel mildly sore for about 48 hours. Recovery is usually swift, and within about four to eight months, patients typically start to see results. Commonly reported improvements include thicker, denser hair in the treated areas. Dr. Vogel will keep a close watch on your progress, and based on what he sees, he can formulate an appropriate treatment plan to help maintain or further improve your results. The positive effects of PRP and ACell® injection therapy can be evident for several months, or even years, depending on your unique hair loss pattern and responsiveness to treatment. The need for repeat treatments will be discussed with you.
Contact Dr. James E. Vogel
If you are interested in PRP and ACell® injection therapy to slow your hair loss and regrow hair, we recommend that you contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. VogelView More Before & After Photos