Hair Loss Treatment With ACell and PRP Therapy
A new solution to treat hair loss, ACell + PRP Injection Therapy works to preserve and thicken hair in patients who are genetically predisposed to hair loss. As a non-surgical solution, the ACell + PRP injection procedure is a short 90 minute visit with limited down time.
Unlike prescription medications or topical applications that must be used as part of an ongoing daily routine, ACell + PRP Therapy does not require daily maintenance. This is a natural hair restoration for thinning hair, which employs growth factors in your own blood, a non surgical option for both men and women.
What Is PRP for Hair Loss?
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a concentration of growth factors derived from your own blood. These growth factors that stimulate the affected hair follicles when injected into the scalp.
what is Acell?
ACell’s MatriStem technology (an FDA approved medical device) works at the cellular level to repair and remodel damaged tissues. ACell technology has been used in a vast range of surgical procedures. It is a naturally occurring matrix of proteins’ found in tissue layers.
Placing an ACell into a surgical site or wound, it is stimulating the adult stem cells in the damaged tissues. This process will regenerate dormant follicular tissues. Thus this is stimulating improved quality in hair growth.
what are stem cells?
Stem cells are present in all the tissues of our body. Adult stem cells are not programed to develop new tissue, unless activated by an acellular device, such as ACell Matristem. When activated, stem cells recruit other cell types to the area and tissue regeneration begins.
Prior to the introduction of ACell to the area, adult stems cells do not regenerate tissue. Stem cell activation with ACell is beneficial for many other clinical applications and wound healing and regeneration.
ACell+PRP the Procedures
The process of an ACell + PRP procedure commences with acquiring a blood sample from the patient. Then topical anesthetic is applied to the scalp. The injections are administered once the patient is completely numb.
The process takes about 90 minutes and recovery is fairly natural and fast. The common side effect is a sore scalp for 48 hours.
ACell+PRP Hair Loss Treatment Results
In conjunction with the typical hair growth cycle, results begin to develop about 4 to 8 months after the procedure. Hair will feel and appear thicker and more dense depending upon the area treated. Results in the hair line are typically being more noticeable to patients.
Follow up visits are an important part of the Comprehensive Plan to protect and renew hair with ACell + PRP. Results will be assessed every four months post-procedure. Progress will be tracked annually to determine when a follow up procedure may be advised to keep hair growth thriving. Positive effects last for months or even years after the procedure, before needing an update or booster injection series.
A series of A-Cell + PRP procedures may be recommended to optimize hair growth, depending on your expectations for results, the nature of your hair loss progression, and your overall response to the treatment. Significant improvement can be seen with just a single treatment. You should notice increased density and thickness.
Early Hair Loss Intervention With ACell+PRP.
ACell + PRP Injections help prevent hair loss. This procedure helps to slow and even stop hair thinning before needing more aggressive treatments.
The goal with treating genetic hair loss early is to maintain hair for as long as possible, improve density, and keep the results for months and years to come, preventing the need for more aggressive solutions until further down the road. A consultation with our medical staff will help clarify and assess if ACell + PRP Therapy is the right solution for your hair maintenance goals.
How Does ACell+PRP injection Therapy Work?
Patients who are good candidates for ACell + PRP Injection Therapy indicate they are looking for a non surgical hair restoration. They want to prevent more hair loss, and are currently experiencing a lot of thinning hair.
They are in search for a natural hair restoration option instead. PRP, non surgical hair restoration reviews have been buzzing and Good Morning America aired a segment on the topic featuring the astounding results.
PRP Step By Step
This hair loss treatment, combines ACell with PRP (platelet rich plasma) and injected into the scalp. The application of ACell + PRP causes thinning hair follicles to become healthier and more robust, producing healtier hair growth. ACell activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis cell regeneration. Effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, ACell + PRP has also proven to regrow hair in alopecia areata, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.
This treatment ACell+PRP treatment takes about 90 minutes to complete. To begin a blood sample is obtained which is specially processed to isolate PRP. A local anesthetic is then administered to completely numb the scalp. If desired, a sedative can be administered (if the patient is not driving). The ACell and PRP are combined and then administered via a series of injections over the full scalp or in a localized treatment area such as the eyebrows or beard, resulting in a natural hair restoration.
The recovery from ACell+PRP therapy is typically simple. Pain is easily managed in most cases with over the counter analgesic medication such as Ibuprofen. In some cases mild swelling of the forehead is occasionally seen 1-2 days after ACell+PRP injections. This is normal and will resolve in 48 hours. Avoiding vigorous activity is best, until the swelling is gone. There is no other downtime or noticeable effects of the procedure. Patients can wash their hair normally immediately after the procedure.
As early as 2 months, new hair growth can be seen but is generally more noticeable between 4-8 months and will continue to increase up to a year after treatment. To date, results have been maintained without additional injections for up 2 years in many patients, but no long term data is yet available to conclude that ACell induced hair loss treatment is permanent, and the most natural hair restoration to date.
How Is The Therapy Applied?
ACell is available in a micronized particulate that the doctor mixes with a PRP concentration. An initial blood draw provides the PRP that is separated and mixed with the ACell so it is suspended in the patient’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP).
After the scalp is completely numbed, the mixture is injected with a very fine gauge needle following a matrix pattern across the scalp, focused on areas where thinning hair predominates.
ACell+PRP Hair Loss Treatment Can Work In Hair Loss And thinning Hair
causes of hair loss
Hair loss seems to be primarily a problem for men, however, women are nearly as likely to loose or have thinning hair. Most women notice hair loss signs in their 50’s and 60’s. Hair loss in women can stat at any age. To understand hair loss, it is important to be aware of growth cycles.
Any disruption in hair growth cycles may cause hair loss in both men and women alike. Hair grows in three cycles: the anagen, also known as the growth cycle, and this cycle takes between 2 to 8 years. The second phase is the catagen or transition period lasting 2 to 3 week, time during which the hair follicle shrinks or thins. The telogen cycle is when the hair rests and it lasts about 2 to 4 months.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, each person looses 50 to 100 hair strands per day. When hair is washed that number increases to 250 follicles.
Preliminary blood work is key in determining the presence of thyroid dysfunction and autoimmune disease.
Hair Loss... Is Thinning Hair in Your Genes?
Determining if hair loss is in you genes, is as simple as looking at your parents and family, aunts and uncles. Using magnification on the scalp, can show if the follicles vary in size. These are two ways to determine if alopecia is indeed present. This is a hereditary condition affecting millions of men and women.
Medical Conditions affecting hair loss
Hair Loss can be a cause of numerous medical conditions, such as: pregnancy, thyroid disease, anemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and skin conditions, such as: psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Hair Loss can occur at any age.
Hair loss can also occur in tandem with menopause.
Other reasons for hair loss can be extreme stress, physical trauma, such as surgery, extreme weight loss over a short period of time. Too much vitamin A can cause hair loss as well. Hair loss can take place within within two weeks to six months from any of the above mentioned causes.
Traction and Chemical Hair Loss Causes
Some hair loss causes can be self inflicted. Tight braids for instance can add additional traction and cause breakage, resulting in permanent hair loss. Brushing too hard, too much, can also be damaging to the hair follicle.
Chemical dies and bleaching can be damaging to the hair follicle when done excessively. Neurotoxins are also known to cause such issues with thinning hair
Hair Loss In Men
Male pattern baldness is an inherited condition from either the mother or father’s side of the family. There is a common myth that male hair loss is only inherited from the mother’s side, but this is not the case.
It is estimated that 35 million men in the United States are affected by male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. “Andro” refers to the androgens (testosterone, dihydrotestosterone) necessary to produce male-pattern baldness (MPB). “Genetic” refers to the inherited gene necessary for MPB to occur. In men who develop male pattern baldness the hair loss may begin any time after puberty.
Hair loss on men be delayed until the late 30’s or 40’s. It is generally found that men in their 20’s have a 20% incidence of male pattern baldness, a 30% incidence in their 30’s, a 40% incidence in their 40’s, etc.
The hair growth cycle is affected by the the percentage of hairs in the growth phase (anagen) and the duration of this growth phase, which equates to the length of hair. The longer hairs are in the resting state (telogen) they are more subject to loss with the daily trauma of combing and washing. The hair shafts in male pattern baldness become progressively thinner..
Hair Loss In Women
Unlike hair loss in men, female hair loss on the scalp may commonly begin at any age through 50 or later and may not have any obvious hereditary association. Women also tend to have less obvious patterns of hair loss compared to male pattern baldness.
Diagnosis of female hair loss should be made by an experienced physician because there may be other medical factors to take into account related to the hair loss. If not other medical factors exist, the most likely cause of scalp hair loss is androgenetic alopecia— an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones) on scalp hair follicles. Generally women with hair loss due to this cause, usually do not develop true baldness in the same patterns that occur in men. Patterns of female androgenetic alopecia can vary considerably in appearance.
Causes of Female Hair Loss
Patterns That May Occur Include:
- Diffuse thinning hair over the entire scalp, often with more noticeable thinning toward the back of the scalp.
- Diffuse thinning hair over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp but not involving the frontal hairline.
- Diffuse thinning hair over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp, involving and
- sometimes breaching the frontal hairline.
Women with androgenetic alopecia tend to have thinning hairs of variable diameter over all affected areas of the scalp. While thinning hairs are a feature of androgenetic alopecia, miniaturization may also be associated with other causes and is not in itself a diagnostic feature of androgenetic alopecia. In post-menopausal women, for example, hair may begin to thin and become difficult to style. The precise diagnosis should be made by a medical doctor or hair restoration specialist.
Hair loss in women can begin as early as the late teens to early 20s in women who have experienced early puberty. This hair loss associated with early puberty can progress to more advanced hair loss if it is left untreate.