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Samson Hair Restoration Advances in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)-Based Hair Transplant

Hair transplant procedures have gained wide popularity over the past few years, thanks to the advancements in the technology, which have made the procedure more effective and affordable not just to celebrities, but to common men.

Recent advancements in hair transplant include the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP). Platelets contain growth factors that play a significant role in healing wounds. According to BernsteinMedical.com, PRP can actually stimulate the stem cells (dermal papilla) of the newly transplanted hair follicles. Some practitioners also claim that PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenic alopecia and even preventing hair loss.

In addition some studies also indicate PRP can reduce or eliminate the shock loss that some patients experience following a hair transplant procedure.

Platelet rich plasma hair transplant procedures involve drawing blood from the patient, separating and concentrating the platelets through the use of a centrifuge, and then reintroducing the platelets to the patient in both the donor and recipient areas. Recently Samson Hair Restoration announced it is conducting a study of the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in hair transplant procedures. The study will be conducted in Samson's Los Angeles and San Diego offices in conjunction with Cytomedix, of Gaithersburg, MD, a leader in the field of regenerative medicine. The study will investigate the specific benefits for hair transplant patients.

Cytomedix will help the study by supplying equipment and supplies while Samson will perform the procedures and follow the patients for several months afterwards to record the results. The study will be conducted by Samson's Senior Surgeon, Dr. Carl Powell.

"PRP has been used for a number of years in cosmetic surgery to reduce swelling, redness and speed healing. We're hoping to see those benefits and others," explained Dr. Powell. "With hair transplant procedures, the hair typically begins to grow around three months after the procedure. Hopefully, PRP will reduce that interval and get the hair growing much sooner, perhaps even right away," Powell added.

Recently Biostem US Corporation, a regenerative medicine company, announced the results of a two-year study on stem cell hair loss treatment for Alopecia Areata. The study involved 700 patients, with results showing renewed hair growth in 80 percent of the participants.

The stem cell treatment, developed by Biostem, is known as "The Biostem Method." Biostem Method uses the patients' own blood which is processed to become Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). In addition to using patients' blood, the treatment involves utilization of growth factors, laser treatments for bio-photo stimulation, and a nutraceutical designed to stimulate hair follicle growth.

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