ACell + PRP Injection Therapy
ACell + PRP Injection Therapy works to preserve and thicken hair in patients who are genetically predisposed to hair loss. As a non-surgical solution, the ACell + PRP injection procedure is a short 90 minute visit with limited down time. Unlike prescription medications or topical applications that must be used as part of an ongoing daily routine, ACell + PRP Therapy does not require daily maintenance.
Non-Surgical Hair Restoration
Most hair loss is hereditary. Genetic signals cause hair follicle stem cells to gradually slow down resulting in shorter, finer hairs in the affected areas of the scalp. Non-surgical hair restoration therapies can stop hair loss and improve hair growth by stimulating dormant hair follicles stem cells with target specific proteins called Growth Factors. Sources include PRP, Extra-Cellular Matrix (ACell) and Adipose Derived Stem Cells.
What is PRP?
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a concentration derived from your own blood – a rich source of specialized proteins called Growth Factors that stimulate stem cell activity in dormant hair follicles for up to 3-4 months.
What is ACell?
ACell’s MatriStem technology (an FDA approved medical device) works at the cellular level to repair and remodel damaged tissues. ACell has a broad range of medical and surgical applications, and is a naturally occurring protein complex found in skin and other tissues. When injected into the scalp, ACell activates dormant follicular stem cells for up to 18-24 months. Note: ACell is not an FDA approved treatment for hair loss.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are present in all body tissues and are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of those parts. Specifically, these are referred to as Adult Stem Cells because they are specific to their tissue location (unlike Embryonic Stem Cells which have the ability to form any kind of tissue). When tissue is damaged, adult stem cells become activated and recruit GF other cell types to the area and tissue regeneration begins. In the case of genetic hair loss, there is not tissue damage, only a gradual de-activation of follicular stem cells. This process causes a steady decline in hair quantity and quality.
ACell + PRP Procedures
The process of an ACell + PRP procedure starts with acquiring a blood sample from the patient. Then local anesthetic is applied to the scalp and the injections are administered once the patient is completely numb. The process takes about 90 minutes and recovery is quick, with a sore scalp lasting about 48 hours.
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Why ACell + PRP?
Early intervention is best. Men and women over the age of 18 who are early in the progression of their hair loss benefit the most from ACell + PRP therapy. Regular treatments with ACell + PRP keeps more hair on your head by protecting targeted hair follicles from starting the miniaturization process and renewing those that have already started to decline.
Early Intervention with ACell + PRP
ACell + PRP Injections help combat the physical trait of hair loss. This procedure offers an opportunity to do something to slow and even stop hair thinning before needing to repeat the process or take further steps toward restoration.
The goal with treating genetic hair loss early is to maintain hair for as long as possible, improve density, and keep the results for months and years to come, pushing back against the need for more aggressive solutions until further down the road.
A consultation with Dr. Niedbalski will help clarify and assess if ACell + PRP Therapy is the right solution for your hair maintenance goals.
ACell + PRP with Hair Transplant Surgery
Individuals with more advanced hair loss considering surgical hair restoration will benefit from combining ACell + PRP with surgery. ACell + PRP technology improves the outcome of a hair transplant procedure, yielding increased graft survival, improved donor scar healing, and faster recovery. ACell + PRP is indicated for all surgical restorations as the optimal solution for healing.
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Who Would Benefit from ACell + PRP?
ACell + PRP Therapy protects hair from additional shedding, renews miniaturizing hairs for improved growth, and restores hair quality and quantity for patients with thinning hair. ACell+PRP is applicable for:
- Male and Female hereditary hair loss
- Alopecia Areata
- Hypotrichosis (Decreased hair growth) of the eyebrows
An ACell treatment is an option for patients who’ve had surgical hair restoration previously:
- Want to increase hair density without more surgery
- Want to maintain their hair without using medication like Propecia or Rogaine
ACell + PRP Results
New hair growth becomes visible in most cases within 4-6 months after ACell + PRP Injection procedure. Hair continues to thicken over a period of 12-15 months. Hair will feel and appear thicker and more dense depending upon the area treated, with results in the hair line typically being more noticeable to patients. These results last for months, and even years, before regression may begin to occur.
Maintaining an active follow-up relationship with Dr. Niedbalski will ensure an up-to-date Comprehensive Plan to know when it is ideal for another procedure to keep hair growth thriving. Results will be assessed every four months post-procedure, and progress will be tracked annually to determine when a follow on procedure may be advised to keep hair growth thriving.
A series of ACell + PRP procedures may be recommended to optimize hair growth, depending on your expectations for results, the nature of your hair loss progression, and your overall response to the treatment. Significant improvement can be seen with just a single treatment.
The number and frequency of treatments is determined by the rate and extent of your hair loss. Dr. Niedbalski will create a treatment plan that is specifically tailored for you. ACell+PRP injections range from $3,500 to $5,500 and are typically repeated every couple of years. PRP injections as a single treatment or a package ranges from $1,000 to $2,800 and are typically repeated every 2 to 6 months.