Hair loss is a common problem that most people face at one point in their life. While some hair loss problems are temporary and recover over a period of time, others lead to alopecia. If you are wondering what alopecia is, it is just a fancy word used for baldness caused by hair loss. If you are losing hair that is resulting in a receding hairline, thinning on the crown, or thinning through the parting, then it is time you visit Dr. John Laura. Excessive hair loss from the scalp leads to alopecia in both men and women. Unless it is treated, it can lead to complete baldness.
PRP for Hair
What Causes Hair Loss?
A hair loss treatment that works for your friend may not work for you. Everyone is born differently and your reason for baldness may be different from others. Several reasons cause baldness such as:
- Medications and supplements, including drugs used for cancer, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, and such.
- Radiation therapy to the head
- Hormonal changes and medical conditions such as scalp infections and trichotillomania
- Family history of baldness which usually occurs with aging and in predictable patterns
- A stressful incident such as a physical or emotional shock. Hair loss caused by stress is temporary.
- Excessive hair styling and hair treatments can cause inflammation of the hair follicles and lead to hair loss.
Apart from the causes mentioned above, your age, family history, your present health condition, and treatments taken can pose a threat and increase your risk of losing hair. Your treatment differs based on your general health, the health of your scalp, and the extent of hair loss.
Have You Heard of PRP Rejuvenation?
Your blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The plasma carries blood cells and nutrients throughout the body. When you bleed, the platelets in your blood plug and form a clot. Platelets are the tiny cells that rush to the site of injury to repair the damage. Platelets are rich in a growth factor that plays the role of a messenger, signaling your skin cells to function. They stimulate tissue recovery by increasing blood flow and cytokines.
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is processed blood plasma from which the red blood cells and white blood cells are removed and only a concentration of plasma with platelets remains. The blood drawn from you is transferred into a tube that is placed in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine used by scientists to isolate the solids from the liquids in any solution. The centrifuge spins rapidly, causing the heaviest particles in the blood to fall to the bottom of the tube. The red blood cells are forced to the bottom, followed by the platelet-rich plasma which also consists of white blood cells. The top layer is the platelet poor plasma. Once the platelet poor plasma is removed, the tube is placed in the centrifuge again to separate the white blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma, which is then extracted into a syringe.
The PRP rejuvenation treatment uses your own blood platelets to stimulate cell growth and collagen production. PRP therapy is used for facial rejuvenation, hair rejuvenation, hand rejuvenation and facelift among others.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
Dr. John Laura has expertise in cosmetic dermatology and regenerative medicine. Before suggesting the PRP hair rejuvenation treatment, he will look through your medical history, present medical condition, medications, family medical history to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate. You are eligible for the PRP hair rejuvenation treatment if:
- You are not completely bald and have some hair
- You do not take blood thinners or have medical conditions such as chronic skin disease, metabolic disorders, cancer, liver disease, platelet dysfunction syndrome among others
- You do not consume alcohol regularly
- You are a non-smoker and you do not take drugs.
Dr. John Laura may also recommend a scalp biopsy and blood tests to determine your eligibility for the treatment. He may advise against the treatment if he feels your present medical condition may cause any risk or side effects on your health. If you are a heavy smoker, drinker and you take drugs, you are advised against this treatment or to stop these practices several months before the treatment.
PRP for Hair Rejuvenation
Are you a victim of baldness? Are you tired of home remedies to treat hair loss? Have other treatments failed you? The PRP hair rejuvenation treatment is for you. Your PRP hair rejuvenation treatment will start with a consultation with Dr. John Laura who will determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this procedure or not. You will be advised against the use of vitamins, blood thinners, and certain medications for at least two weeks prior to the treatment. Dr. John Laura also advises against smoking or the consumption of alcohol at least three days before the procedure. These are precautionary measures to avoid possible side effects from the procedure.
The PRP hair rejuvenation treatment begins with some blood drawn from you, transferred to a tube, and placed in a centrifuge. Dr. John Laura will mark the area on your scalp where hair needs to be restored. The marked area on your head is cleaned using a disinfectant and numbed using local anesthesia. The plasma, which is rich in platelet is drawn into a syringe and injected into your scalp and the site is cleaned thoroughly again.
After the treatment, you will be advised to stop taking vitamins, blood thinners and other contraindicated medicines for three to seven days. The PRP hair rejuvenation treatment is a non-surgical treatment that takes just a few minutes of your time. You may experience some tenderness, a feeling of tightness and minimal pain in the area of the injection, but the result of this treatment is worth the applaud as it helps regrow and thicken existing hair follicles with no downtime and minimal discomfort.
PRP FOR JOINTS
If you are looking for PRP treatment to relieve yourself of joint pain, contact Dr. John Laura.
PRP for Joints
Every person experiences pain in the joints caused by an injury or by bone degeneration. While in some cases, the pain subsides, in other cases, it gets worse. The wear and tear of the joints lead to severe pain and problems such as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is very common with aging. But at some point, you may experience it at a very early stage in life. The excruciating pain makes it impossible to do the day to day activities. Several patients like you are turning to PRP injections to treat joint pain. They are taking advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair the damaged tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscle, or even bone.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Our blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Plasma is the liquid component of blood that includes proteins, nutrients, glucose, and antibodies, among other components. It provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, on the other hand, are the major clotting tool in your blood and are also called thrombocytes. They secrete substances called growth factors and proteins that regulate cell division, stimulate tissue regeneration, and promote healing.
A certain amount of blood is drawn from you for the treatment. This blood is transferred into a vial and placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge rotates rapidly, causing the massive particles in the blood to fall to the bottom of the vial. The red blood cell is separated from the platelet and it is pushed to the bottom of the vial. The platelet poor plasma occupies the top layer in the vial, followed by the platelet-rich plasma which contains the white blood cells as well, also called the buffy coat. The platelet poor plasma is removed, and the vial is placed in the centrifuge again for the second time. The centrifuge separates the white blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma, which is then extracted into a syringe for treatment.
Every PRP is different from the other, depending on your blood, your immune system, and the clinical preparation methods. Additives such as thrombin and calcium chloride may be added to the PRP to artificially stimulate clotting, activate the platelets and enhance the platelet-rich plasma’s regenerative properties. The PRP preparation differs depending on the treatment it is used for.
PRP Treatment for Joints
The platelet-rich plasma injection treatment for joints is an outpatient procedure that takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Your treatment procedure begins with a consultation with Dr. John Laura, who will start with a physical examination. He will then review your medical history, your present medical condition, medications, allergies, and family medical history to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. He may also suggest changing some medicines and a blood test.
If you are a suitable candidate, a treatment plan is created based on the physical condition of your joint. The number of treatments required is also decided. Blood is drawn from your body to prepare the PRP injection. If several numbers of treatments are recommended, a single blood draw may be recommended during the first visit. Fresh PRP is used in the first injection, and the remaining PRP is frozen for future use. Some experts believe that freezing and thawing PRP negatively affects its usefulness. Dr. John Laura recommends using fresh blood for each treatment.
Once the PRP is ready, the affected joint area is cleaned with a disinfectant. A gel is applied to the skin in the area to be injected. An ultrasound probe, when pressed against the gel-covered skin, projects a live image of the joint on the screen. Using this as a guidance tool, Dr. John Laura will inject a small amount of PRP into the joint capsule using a syringe needle. The ultrasound is used to ensure precise injection. Once the PRP is inserted, the injected area is cleaned and bandaged. You may feel tightness and swell at the injected area. You may also feel some pain for two to three days after the treatment. These side effects are very common as the PRP stimulates a series of biological responses.
Are You a Suitable Candidate for the PRP Injection?
There are no universally adopted criteria that dictate who is the right candidate for the PRP joint treatment procedure. Most professional physicians believe that the below guidelines help determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure or not:
- Osteoarthritis or your joint pain affects your daily activities
- More conservative treatments listed below are eliminated due to medical reasons or have failed you.
- – Physiotherapy to strengthen the joint muscles
- – Joint aspirations do not provide adequate relief or are not appropriate
- – Steroid injections have not helped you in relieving the pain, or you have been asked to avoid steroid injections
- – You are sensitive to anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, or they do not give you adequate relief
You are not a suitable candidate for this treatment if:
- You are an active or passive smoker
- You are an alcoholic and a drug user
- You use blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder
- You have cancer, blood pressure, thyroid problems or any medical condition that may worsen or spread with injections
- Your joint pain/osteoarthritis is severe
- You have any infections or skin disease
- You are anemic
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
You are advised to consult Dr. John Laura regarding your health condition and allergies as it will help determine if you are suitable for this procedure. Failing to tell him about any of the problems listed above may lead to side effects or the treatment not being fruitful. Precision is of utmost importance during the PRP joint treatment, therefore we recommended to visit an experienced doctor such as Dr. John Laura.