Dermatology & Laser Institute of Colorado
9695 S Yosemite Street, Suite 175
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
720-344-5252

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Castle Rock, Denver is an exciting new way to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate hair growth. The process involves taking a sample of blood, spinning the blood to concentrate the platelets, and injecting them back into the body. The spinning process separates out unwanted red and white blood cells, leaving pure platelet-rich plasma (We like to call it “liquid gold!”) Platelets release a variety of growth factors which stimulate wound healing and reduce inflammation. These growth factors include platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).

Q:    Where does PRP come from?
A:    The best part about PRP is that it comes from your own blood, so it is natural and there is minimal risk of allergic reaction.

Q:    Which PRP system do you use?
A:    We use Eclipse PRP® which is the most widely used system by dermatologists. Compared to other systems, Eclipse requires less blood and uses only a single spin. This results in lower concentrations of undesirable white and red blood cells. Eclipse also offers a larger tube with higher platelet concentration for treating hair loss.

Q:    How does PRP work for skin renewal?
A:    PRP is a restorative, regenerative treatment that improves living tissue with growth factors. PRP is often combined with microneedling or fractional lasers to stimulate fibroblasts (the cells which produce collagen) and accelerate wound healing. Some people call this a “vampire facial.” PRP can also be injected under the skin with a cannula (like a liquid filler) to stimulate collagen formation and cell renewal. Dr. Ort likes to inject PRP under the eyes to rejuvenate this delicate area.

Q:    How does PRP work for alopecia (hair loss)?
A:    PRP is injected directly into the scalp to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss. Studies show that PRP can lead to an increase in hair counts and hair density. PRP can also thicken the hair caliber or hair shaft. The growth factors within PRP stimulate telogen-to-anagen transition (convert hair follicles from resting to growing phase), prolong the anagen (growth) phase, and promote neoangiogenesis (increase blood vessel proliferation). PRP is anti-inflammatory and decreases inflammation around the hair follicle.

Q:    Which patients benefit most from PRP injections for hair loss?
A:    Those patients with pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia respond best to treatment. Most people develop some degree of pattern hair loss as they age. Both men and women can benefit from PRP treatment. Other types of hair loss such as alopecia areata may also respond to PRP. Those patients with hair loss of less than 5 to 6 years duration tend to respond better. The longer the hair has been dormant, the less likely it is to respond. Like any procedure, results can vary between individuals.

Q:    Is injection technique important?
A:    Yes! We use the PRP injection technique pioneered by PRP expert Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport. For hair loss, the best technique is to inject slightly deeper in the scalp into the subdermal plane, which allows PRP to diffuse further and give better results. This method utilizes fewer injection points and causes less patient discomfort. We utilize cold air to make the injections more comfortable. All PRP injections done at our office are performed by board-certified dermatologist Richard J. Ort, M.D.

Q:    How many treatment sessions will I need?
A:    For skin rejuvenation using microneedling combined with PRP, we recommend a series of three to five sessions spaced about one month apart. For hair loss, the best studies support injection of PRP once a month for the first three months, followed by booster injections every three to six months. Because hair loss tends to be a chronic, progressive condition, follow-up injections done over time will help to maintain results.

Q:    What else is PRP being used for?
A:    PRP is being widely used in orthopedics to treat tendon, ligament, and joint injuries. Common conditions that are being successfully treated include tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, knee osteoarthritis, and rotator cuff tears. Additionally, PRP has been used for back pain caused by a torn disc. PRP is also widely used in veterinary medicine.

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