Pattern hair loss affects about 50% of men and 25% of women by the age of 50.1 Pattern hair loss also typically presents as a receding hairline in men and thinning hair in women. Regardless of gender or presentation of the condition, hair loss can affect one’s sense of body image. Two types of treatment have traditionally been known to fight hair loss. These include drugs such as minoxidil and hair transplant surgery. Today, PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatments present an exciting alternative option. Onto Orthopedics now offers PRP treatments to help combat hair loss.
During this regenerative procedure, a small amount of blood is typically drawn from your arm. Then, the blood is “spun down” with a centrifuge to increase the concentration of plasma in the solution. Once the serum has been prepared, it is then strategically injected into the areas of thinning hair. Within a couple months, patients often experience a regrowth or increase in the thickness of their hair. Only 2-3 quick injection procedures may be necessary.2
Unlike hair transplants, PRP procedures can more often be performed in an out patient setting. Additionally, PRP solutions often take far less time and cost less. Unlike some medications, PRP procedures target the area of hair loss.
According to the National Institute of Health, "Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects."1 Although regenerative medicine used to be largely limited to organ transplants, the field is now a burgeoning sector of medicine. Until recently, orthopedic solutions to degenerative joint conditions typically involved temporary pain relief or surgery. Straightforward regenerative injections now offer an exciting new potential longer-term minimally invasive solution to aches and pains caused by degenerative orthopedic conditions such as arthritis and cartilage damage.
Thanks to recent advances in orthopedic technology, Dr. Hayden can perform several of these regenerative treatments in the comfort of our office. In one regenerative treatment, Dr. Hayden can extract stem cells from a patient's blood and inject them into his or her damaged or arthritic joint. Another potential option involves extracting and injecting a patient's fat cells into the offending joint.2 Finally, Dr. Hayden can provide a platelet rich plasma treatment utilizing a platelet rich solution extracted from your blood. Onto Orthopedics also offers a variety of solutions to orthopedic injuries, ranging from minimally invasive steroid shots to surgical care.
When using the Lipogems system, fat is essentially resized so that it can be injected into a damaged area. The innate healing properties of fat are then utilized in an effort to help reduce pain and promote a quicker recovery. One common application area is the knee.
PRP treatments have been featured in the news recently as a regenerative medicine and a potential solution to help repair many chronic injuries. Some professional atheletes claim that PRP has helped them get back in the game sooner. What is PRP though and how can a PRP treatment help with your orthopedic injury? Platelet Rich Plasma injections are a relatively new solution for many injuries and afflictions. The minimally-invasive process is relatively simple and can typically be performed in-office. Within a few weeks of the procedure, patients often see improvement to their injury.1
While blood contains white and red blood cells, a small percentage of your blood is comprised of platelets. Platelets are known for their clotting abilities, however they also appear to assist with the healing process. The exact mechanism of action is unknown however in higher concentrations, platelets appear to "jump start" healing. First some of the patient's blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to increase the concrentration of platelets. The concrentration of platelets in a PRP solution may become 5-10x greater than in normal blood. The solution is then carefully injected into the injured area. Pain in the area may increase temporarily, however patients often begin to feel a beneficial effect within a few weeks.
Platelet Rich Plasma solutions show great promise for the treatment of various conditions in the field of aesthetics.