What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is derived directly from your own blood. PRP is a blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Contained within platelets are high concentrations of bioactive active proteins that aid in healing, including growth factors which are necessary to initiate connective tissue healing. With concentrated amounts of these proteins in an injured area, healing and tissue repair is accelerated. Healing can occur in various tissues including tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. Along with tissue repair the regeneration process also stimulates new blood vessel growth which also promotes the wound healing process.

Activated Platelets in PRP

Activated Platelets in PRP

Where Does PRP Come From?

A small amount of your blood (30-60 cc) is taken from your arm. The blood is then placed in a special kit and centrifuged. The centrifuge processes the blood, extracting the PRP, leaving the excessive plasma and red blood cells in the container. The PRP is a concentration of platelets and growth factors, concentrated up to 500%.

How Is PRP Administered?

The top of your scalp is cleaned and anesthesia is given in an area on the top of your head, about the size of your hand. PRP can then be injected into the anaesthetized area of the scalp. It is distributed, via multiple injections of small amounts of PRP, over the scalp. You do not feel anything because of the anesthetic. The PRP is then massaged into the scalp to better distribute the growth factors and further stimulate hair follicle stem cells.  This stimulates a mild degree of inflammation that triggers the hair growth process.  For the first day after the procedure, some patients may feel a mild soreness or irritation of the scalp. This is expected and clears quickly.   Chemical proteins in the PRP, known as cytokines, send out signals to recruit other cells to stimulate hair growth and thickening of existing growing hair. This process of growing new and thicker hair takes 6-8 weeks to start noticing the difference. Maximum hair thickness and growth is reached at 6 months…

How Many PRP Treatments Are Necessary?

The response to PRP therapy varies from patient to patient and also depends on the degree of hair loss.  Most patients respond well to anywhere from 1-3 treatments, given at 6-9 month intervals.  As opposed to cortisone injections, there is no actual limit on the number of PRP treatments that can be given, as tissue regeneration will occur with each treatment. The risks and side effects of PRP treatment are quite minimal and do not change with repeated treatment. The PRP actually has a bactericidal effect, so the risk of infection is minimized. As PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no risk of transmissible diseases. The effects of PRP will eventually lessen if treatments are not continued, over a year.

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About Dan Kassicieh, D.O.

Dr. Kassicieh is a Board-Certified Neurologist and is the medical director of the Florida Headache and Movement Disorder Center. He has been practicing in Sarasota for over 23 years. Dr. Kassicieh is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Neuro-psychiatrists. Both of these honors were awarded to him on the basis of his extensive research experience, medical publications and continued support of patients and their families who are affected with neurological disorders. Dr. Kassicieh is a sought-after public speaker and is frequently a presenter both within the medical community and in the public forum. He has appeared regularly on local television and is considered an expert in a number of areas within his specialty. Dr. Kassicieh’s primary medical interests are in the treatment of headache, neck and back pain. He specializes in non-surgical neuro-orthopedics. The goal in treatment of patients is to restore them to a pain free status without the use of narcotics or surgery. To this end, he has had training in Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. From his successes with this for neuro-orthopedic problems, it was only natural that he use platelet rich plasma to help patients with hair loss. Giving each patient the best quality of life is our goal at Sarasota Neurology.

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