What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is the layer of blood that contains high levels of platelets, growth factors, dormant VSELs and stem cell activating factors. During a PRP procedure a small amount of blood is removed with a needle, the blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP layer is concentrated. The PRP is then extracted with a syringe and can be used for a whole variety of purposes. Any place you want to stimulate or heal the PRP will do its magic.
What are VSELs?
VSELs stand for Very Small Embryonic-Like Stem Cells. They are very small cells that lie dormant in the PRP fraction of the blood. We expose the VSELs to a conjugated laser which activates them or “turns them on”. They begin to express surface protein that studies have shown resembles the surface proteins on embryonic stem cells. These cells then have the potential to turn into any cell in the body. When we inject them into the scalp we are encouraging new follicle growth and supporting new blood vessel growth to the follicle. In combination with the growth factors already in the PRP layer, the activated VSELs use for hair follicle regeneration is a new potentially game changing procedure that we at CLEAR are at the forefront of.
What is the PRP-VSEL Hair Restoration procedure?
One treatment includes the following:
Once monthly scalp injections of PRP and activated VSELs. At that same visit a portion of activated VSELs are pushed back into the blood via angiocatheter.
Once monthly (2 weeks following scalp injections) injections with PRP and activated VSELs.
Using blood-derived growth factors (Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), laser activated VSELs (Very Small Embryonic-Like Stem Cells) and microneedling, the PRP-VSEL Hair Restoration procedure is safe for stimulating natural hair regrowth in the scalp. PRP by itself has concentrated growth factors that alone have shown to increase hair growth when injected into the scalp. We at CLEAR are the only clinic in the world combining all three (1. PRP, 2. Activated VSEL infusions, and 3. Activated VSEL injections) for the use in hair restoration.
Who are good candidates?
Men and women experiencing androgenic alopecia (thinning, receding hair lines that occurs with age). Alopecia areata which is an autoimmune hair loss will also benefit. Other forms or hair loss due to systemic autoimmune disease, severe hormone imbalances, trauma and severe hair loss may not respond as well. All patients coming in for the procedure should have current labs done and be an existing patient of CLEAR’s. You’ll need to schedule a half hour visit with Dr. Iwanicki before starting the procedure.
How long before I see results and how long do results last?
Many patients will likely see results after one month of treatment. We recommend a monthly course over 4 months for best results. After that a once per year treatment may be enough to maintain results long term.
Does it hurt?
No. We use a cold air spray with a Cryo cooling devise for injections. We can also adjust the depth of the needles to account for different pain thresholds.
What conditions are contraindicated?
Certain autoimmune conditions (ex: Vitiligo, Lupus, Scleroderma, Alopecia Totalis), people on steroid medications and long term NSAID use (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc). These medications can affect the functioning of healthy platelets and interfere with effectiveness of treatments.
Can I have my hair colored or dyed before or after the procedure?
You should avoid hair dying or coloring one week before and after procedure. It is ok if you have extensions in your hair during time of procedure.