What is it?
Many of us suffer from thinning hair and hair loss. Hair loss is typically hereditary which means that the genes whose role is to keep hair follicles going tend to gradually shut down resulting in less hair, as well as shorter and finer hairs in the affected areas of the scalp. For decades hair restoration options have been limited to surgical hair transplants and medical therapy such as Rogaine and Propecia.
Advanced non-surgical hair restoration therapies using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Healeon Amnio show great promise in stopping hair loss and increasing hair growth by stimulating inactive hair follicles stem cells
What is PRP?
PRP is an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a concentration of platelets derived from your own blood. Platelets are proven to be a rich source of proteins called growth factors which stimulate stem cell activity in dormant (sleeping) hair follicles for up to 3-4 months. To obtain the PRP, we will draw a small amount of the patient's blood and place it in a centrifuge to isolate natural growth factors.
Can PRP alone be used for Hair Restoration?
While PRP injections alone (with or without microneedling) have been shown to stimulate hair growth, the success and duration of hair stimulation is not nearly as great as when PRP is combined with Amniotic Fluid Cells.
What is Amniotic Fluid Cells?
Amniotic Fluid (AF) contains various proteins that support cell proliferation, movement & differentiation. AF also includes collagen substrates, growth factors, amino acids, polyamines, lipids, carbohydrates, cytokines, extracellular matrix molecules like hyaluronic acid and fibronectin cells and other chemical compounds that are needed for tissue protection and repair.
Where do the Amniotic Fluid Cells come from?
Amniotic fluid is collected from screened donors during a planned C-Section and is classified and qualified as a human tissue allograft (HCT/P) as outlined in 21CRF 1271 under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. Healeon Amnio is sterile filtered and tested under USP <71> Guidelines.
The sterile filtered Healeon Amnio has no live cells, cell debris, hair, vernix or other contaminants. The sterile filtered Healeon Amnio contains human proteins, hyaluronic acid, cytokines and chemokines, which are known to promote healing and protect human cells and tissues.
What can Amniotic Fluid Cells do?
These components of AF have been shown to activate the body’s own healing response, which is characterized by minimal inflammatory activity and regenerative rather than scar-mediated healing.
AF is a protein-rich fluid with proven regenerative potential. Its components regulate and maintain regenerative tissue processes. This fluid has a complex array of inherent growth factors and cytokines that provide protection to the fetus during pregnancy. Because of its inherent anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties, AF has been successfully used clinically as an additive for surgical applications associated with soft tissue procedures. To ensure that these inherent properties are maintained during processing and preparation for clinical implantation, testing must be performed.
How is the procedure carried out?
The Healeon Amnio + PRP procedure starts with obtaining a small blood sample from the patient, identical to a routine blood draw for lab tests. PRP is then isolated from your blood and mixed Healeon Amnio. Local anesthetic (numbing medication) is used to numb the scalp and the Healeon Amnio + PRP injections are performed once the scalp is numb. The procedure takes around 1.5 - 2 hours and the recovery is quick, without any open wounds, sutures, staples, or dressings. A variable amount of scalp discomfort may be present for 1-2 days.
What are the benefits of combining PRP with Microneedling?
Microneedling is the controlled destruction of certain cells deep within the skin. PRP represents a way to stimulate hair growth. The two therapies work in synergy to create a treatment that delivers accelerated results capable of bringing better results than each part could alone.
How soon can I see the results?
Growth of new hair is seen as early as a month but typically within 4-6 months after the Amnio + PRP procedure and the hair continues to become thicker over a period of 12-18 months. Typically a series of Amnio + PRP procedures are recommended to maximize hair growth although significant improvement can be seen with just a single Amnio + PRP treatment. Men typically see results after a few months, with full benefit manifesting in about a year to 18 months. Results often take longer to appear in women since their longer hair may hide the new shorter hairs which have regrown.
Who can benefit from Amnio + PRP?
Amnio + PRP treatments restore hair quality and quantity for men and women with thinning hair and can help prevent hair from additional shedding. PRP + Amnio treatment is also an option for patients who’ve had surgical hair restoration previously and wish to increase hair density without more surgeries PRP + ACell treatment can also be used in patients who wish to maintain their hair without using medication like Propecia or Rogaine.
What are the results like and how many treatments will I need?
The goal of PRP skin rejuvenation therapy is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, soften lines and pores. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.
When are Amnio + PRP not likely to be effective?
Amnio + PRP treatments are more effective on patients experiencing hair loss and hair thinning, as opposed to those with severe hair loss who have a completely smoothed scalp (i.e. not even thin hairs). Amnio + PRP treatments can only work on existing (but miniaturized) hair follicles that are still alive and present on the head but they cannot bring back dead hair follicles. Whether or not a specific patient will respond to Amnio + PRP is not predictable.