What is Plasma Rich Protein (PRP)?

We at Arizona Dermatology have been specializing in the treatment of hair loss for 45 years and have gone through all the different processes that have evolved and disappeared over these 45 years.

Plasma rich protein. People ask me all the time what is plasma rich protein? What is it? Where does it come from? And what does it do? Well, it comes from your blood. It’s plasma, which is part of your blood, and it’s rich with protein.

But the plasma protein is different. It has a lot of little teeny cells. And within these cells there are certain types of cells called stem cells. And these stem cells have different stages of life. But the early stem cells or what we call precursor stem cells, are very plentiful. Maybe there’s a million in a small amount of your plasma or blood.

You draw blood just like going and getting a blood test and take out all of the material except the serum with the plasma cells and the stem cells. So these stem cells are taken and out of 40 or 50 ccs of blood drawn you’ll get 10 cc of healthy, precursor stem cells. So these stem cells can be injected in different areas of the body for different purposes. Our subject is really for hair loss. So to describe 10 cc it is like one shot. In multiple areas maybe an inch apart a little shot will be put in with a drop of this material across the scalp where the hair loss is noticed. This treatment of PRP for hair loss is done approximately three times the first year and then annually.

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