PRP (platelet rich plasma) refers to a substance that promotes natural healing and cellular rejuvenation when injected into a specific treatment area. PRP is made from plasma, a component of your own blood that contains important healing compounds known as ‘growth factors’ or proteins that help induce clotting of the blood, tissue regeneration, and cell division or cellular growth. At Nova Dermatology, in place of traditional Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, we use a highly effective variation known as PRFM – by the experts at Selphyl.
While PRP Therapy is quite popular, at Nova Dermatology, in place of traditional PRP, we use an innovative new variation known as PRFM, designed by Selphyl.
How Does PRFM Therapy Work?
PRFM, or Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix, is an advanced and proprietary technology that enhances the effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. During a PRFM procedure, a small sample of the patient’s blood is drawn and processed to create a concentrated gel enriched with platelets and growth factors. The unique aspect of PRFM lies in its fibrin matrix, which acts as a scaffold to gradually release growth factors over an extended period. This sustained release contributes to potentially longer-lasting and more consistent results compared to traditional PRP, making PRFM a solid option for PRP Microneedling, general skin rejuvenation, as well as hair restoration, and other regenerative treatments.
How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?
PRP injections work to trigger growth of your own natural hair, using your own plasma– a process that is 100% natural. PRP or the PRFM triggers natural hair growth by increasing the blood supply to each hair follicle and helps stimulate growth with stem cell growth factors.
These compounds found within the platelet rich plasma solution include:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor – PDGF, helps promote the growth of blood vessels, cell regeneration and in-turn the formation of new skin tissue.
- Transforming Growth Factor-Beta – TGF-b, promotes the growth of the cellular matrix between our cells and aids in wound repair.
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor – VEGF, promotes the formation of blood vessels.
- Epidermal Growth Factor – EGF, promotes cellular growth and cellular differentiation; as well as blood vessel formation, and collagen production.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 – FGF-2, promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation.
- Insulin Growth Factor – Affects follicular proliferation and tissue remodeling.
PRP or PRFM Hair Restoration Process
When performed with traditional PRP, the process begins by drawing your blood and placing it into a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the blood. However, during a PRFM procedure, a small sample of the patient’s blood is drawn and processed to create a concentrated gel enriched with platelets and growth factors. The unique aspect of PRFM lies in its fibrin matrix, which acts as a scaffold to gradually release growth factors over an extended period.
- Once the platelet-rich plasma is separated it is injected into the desired treatment area, or ‘bald spots’ along the scalp. The entire process will generally take under a half-hour to complete.
- Depending on your specific needs and the level of hair loss, we will recommend 3-4 different PRP treatment sessions – likely 1-2 months apart. For sustained results, maintenance treatments are done every 6 months.
Depending on your specific case, you should start seeing some results within a few months. Some patients use PRP therapy after hair transplantation to enhance their results. At Nova Dermatology, the use of PRFM has been shown to improve patient results, and in some cases allowed patients to experience more dramatic, longer-lasting results, with more time in between touch-ups or follow-up appointments.
For more information on PRP for Hair Loss and other treatments using PRFM, be sure to contact Nova Dermatology today.