PRP hair regeneration treatment is a quick, non-surgical approach to hair loss using a customized system which includes combining platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and ACell® MatriStem® matrix. The procedure appears to clinically reactivate hair that is not growing, strengthen existing hair and reduce hair loss. These activating components are combined to form a potent series of microinjections to stimulate, strengthen, and restore miniaturized hair follicles. Hair loss treatment is not a one size fits all approach. Dr. Schulz customizes a treatment plan based on specific aspects of your hair loss including the age of onset, rate and the degree of loss.
What Is ACell’s Extracellular Matrix (ECM)?
Extracellular matrix (ECM), produced by ACell, is an organic by-product that has proven regenerative properties. The product is also stripped of all cells to prevent allergic reactions when introduced to the patient.
While this application of PRP and ACell® is relatively new, individually, these products are both FDA-approved for wound healing and restorative purposes. 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
How does ACell’s Extracellular Matrix Work?
The way ACell’s ECM works in wound healing is by recruiting adult stem cells, along with an increased blood supply, to the sight of a wound. It then effectively changes these inactive adult stem cells back into progenitor cells (its active form) and facilitates direct healing by duplicating native tissue instead of scar tissue.
ACell’s ECM also provides growth factors and proteins necessary for tissue regeneration, and also sets up a temporary non-crosslinked scaffolding for the tissue reconstruction mimicking the surrounding healthy but damaged tissue. This scaffolding contains and slowly releases growth factors. The scaffold is metabolized allowing the healing and regeneration to be carried out by one’s own cells and tissue.
What to Expect:
It is common for patients to undergo more than one treatment session to achieve optimal results. Generally, the protocol for patients is three sessions over eight months, with biannual or annual maintenance as needed.