The Cole hair transplant group now offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to his patients. Platelet rich plasma, (PRP) is derived from the patient’s own blood and is rich in growth factors. Because it is derived from the blood, it is termed autologous and is safe. It is a cell based therapy using the patients own growth factors. The growth factors are concentrated however. The concentration of platelets is increased often over 5 times their natural concentration. This results in a super concentration of beneficial growth factors. The benefits of this therapy have been understood for years in many disciplines of medicine, but only recently have they been applied to hair restoration surgery and hair restoration in general. There are numerous reports that PRP promotes faster healing, but it is still to early to say that it increases hair coverage or a higher yield of graft growth.
Dr. Cole plan to treat the CIT extraction sites with PRP to improve dermal healing. Dr. Cole also interested in reports that injection of PRP into the grafted area may improve hair yield. For example, Ubel found that PRP improved graft growth by 15%. Greco has reported that up to 75% of patients respond to when he combines his patented matrix complex. Therefore, they are considering its use in the recipient area. There are some that feel it may be useful in the treatment of miniaturizing hair associated with Androgenic Alopecia. Dr. Cole feel it is too early to make any claims with regard to improved yield or improved coverage, but is very interested in the possibilities. Current recommendations on the treatment of native hair with PRP suggests that the treatments should be repeat
ed every 10 to 11 months.
Dr. Cole and the Cole hair transplant group are also offering microneedling to our patients to improve natural collagen induction in dermal layers.