Provenly effective, PRP ACell treatments have helped numerous patients sport thicker hair with better coverage. Hair loss for women is different than men though. Where the latter typically have thinning hair in select areas the former typically contends with diffuse loss. This means most hair transplant options are less effective. Today’s procedures are great for covering bald or thinning spots through donor hair. If thinning permeates throughout the entire head, though, transplants are far less viable. Hair restoration treatments, therefore, are today’s best course of action for handling diffuse thinning.
The Best PRP ACell Atlanta has to Offer
A forty-four-year-old female patient approached Cole Hair Transplant last October looking for a solution to her hair loss. After the consultation, she decided on cytokine rich plasma (CRP) and ACell. CRP is Forhair’s unique variant of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a serum derived from the patient’s own blood, with five times the concentration of growth factors and platelets. ACell, meanwhile, is an extracellular matrix typically used for tissue recuperation that also enhances the effects of PRP.
Recently, the patient returned to the office in September to have measured the success of her treatment via cross-section trichometry. This exam revealed increased hair growth in multiple. She also received her second treatment of PRP and ACell during her visit, as the combination of treatments must be administered every year to a half a year to maintain effectiveness. She is happy to know this treatment is producing visible hair growth.
Before Photo (Provided by the patient)
After Photo (Shot with the office camera)
PRP + ACell Success Rate
The cross-section trichometer (CST) is a device that was developed to measure hair mass. Such is related to both the density and diameter of hair and is important when determining the degree of hair loss as well as hair growth from alopecia treatments. The device works by directly measuring the mass of a hair bundle’s cross-sectional area in designated locations of the scalp. HairCheck is a commercial CST device Dr. Cole uses to clinically evaluate changes in hair mass in response to thinning, shedding, breakage, and hair growth in men and women treated for alopecia. The chart below shows increases in hair mass at 7 of the 8 locations measured with CST, leading us to conclude the initial PRP and ACell treatment in fact caused an increase in hair growth.
PRP With or Without ACell
PRP has long been touted as a hair loss remedy. Effectiveness depends on how it is produced, as we will detail below, but overall many patients find it beneficial. Hair strands become thicker and faster growing. Many patients also enjoy reactivation of follicles, though studies indicate those inactive for five years or later are less likely to renew growth.
Effective as a treatment unto itself, PRP’s longevity is a hurdle. Patients must undergo monthly treatments to maintain its effects. Otherwise, the hair growth and thickness reverts back to how it was initially. This is where ACell comes in.
As mentioned, ACell is an extracellular matrix typically meant for surgical recuperation. This makes it useful for hair transplant procedures, yes, and many patients enjoy less scarring and faster recuperation with its addition. However, certain properties also make an compliment ideal for PRP. Of primary note is that PRP treatments last far longer with ACell. Patients go from needing treatments every one or two months to every half-year or year. Ultimately, the combination of the two makes PRP both more effective and more affordable.
CRP Vs. PRP
Studies used to vary until it became obvious that differences in how the PRP is created have a major impact. There are plenty of intricacies involving the serum, mostly the catalyst, and how the platelets are condensed. Inconsistency has been a major hurdle for patients, especially those visiting a different clinic for each treatment as each either creates its own or uses a nearby service.
One of the world’s leading hair restoration experts, Dr. Cole has personally researched how to best produce the serum. CRP, which uses sonication instead of centrifugation, is the result and as mentioned has five to six times the amount of growth factors. This brings numerous benefits, including:
- Thicker hair strands
- Faster growth
- Greater chance of follicular renewal
- Hair growth in less than half a year for transplant patients (vs. a year without)
Similar serums are in the works. Most notable are stem cell treatments. Like PRP and CRP, this new option is produced from the patient’s own body. Instead of a blood sample, though, the clinic performs a small biopsy of the scalp, separates stem cell yielding tissue, centrifuges it, and then injects the serum into the scalp. Learn more by visiting this page.