Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Continue 2nd part...PRP for Hair Loss – What many do not know…

4. One Centrifuge is not adequate for all for all circumstances
Anyone that is familiar with PRP knows that a centrifuge is used to spin the tubes of blood at high speed to separate the components. This is what makes it possible to extract only the plasma that contains the platelets.
What many people are not aware of is that a centrifuge system along with its specialized collection tubes may be perfect for facial rejuvenation PRP, however, it is unlikely to the best to use for PRPin the scalp for hair loss. The centrifuge that best suits the person that requires a large volume of blood will be different to the one receives a small test patch. Different centrifuges work in different ways and different intensities. Some separate blood components better; Some leave a portion of red blood cells within the PRP while others remove all of them; Certain centrifuges can efficiently isolate platelet rich plasma from platelet poor plasma and some contain variable spinning speed cycles and others set speed cycles. So the question of which centrifuge is best comes down to the specificity of what the patient is having done.
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PRP clinics often have a one size fits all mentality. They use one basic centrifuge for every single PRP patient. This may be satisfactory for some of their patients, but it will reduce the overall effectiveness of the PRP treatment in others. A Doctor that is specialized in PRP will be able to explain this further.
Newin Institute has 3 Medical Grade Centrifuges and uses the one specific to your exact PRP treatment and thes total amount of extracted blood volume. Every person responds differently to PRP. We want to know that you are achieving 100% of your personal PRP potential. Not 60% or 70%!

5. Anaesthetic and PRP do not mix!
Research has indicated that anaesthetic can reduce the effectiveness of the injected PRP if applied to the same spot. Whether the application is a local anaesthetic (injected) or topical (a cream which is absorbed) the effect is the same. The anaesthetic makes its way into the dermis layer of the skin and results in the platelets not delivering their full effect.
At Newin Institute we use a local anaesthetic but administer it to the scalp in a “ring block” formation.  This means through the forehead, side donor and bottom of the vertex. Therefore absolutely no anaesthetic is injected directly into the frontal, mid-scalp or crown regions that receive the PRP injections.  Doing it this way results in the bare minimum amount of local anaesthetic reaching these areas which in turn keeps the PRP environment optimized for maximum effect. So you will never see Newin Institute use topical anaesthetic cream or inject local anaesthetic directly into the recipient sites.

   6. One to Two PRP sessions per year are sufficient IF PERFORMED PROPERLY…
If PRP treatment is performed properly as per the below points YOU DON’T NEED MORE THAN 1 to 2 TREATMENTS PER YEAR TO TREAT HAIR LOSS!
-          A sufficient amount of blood is extracted (60-120mls) to treat the large surface area
-          The most suitable centrifuge is selected for the specific needs of the patient
-          The dormant platelets are light activated before being injected
-          Topical anaesthetic cream or local anaesthetic is NOT applied directly onto the recipient areas.
-          Treatment is performed by a Doctor who is specialized in PRP.

At Newin Institute we perform the PRP procedure in the way that is 100% tailored specifically for hair loss treatment. Our patients commonly report that it takes about 11-12 months before the PRP benefits began to diminish. In some rare cases it is slightly quicker than this. For this very reason we recommend 1 PRP treatment per year to maintain or potentially further improve our patient’s results. For the minority it is once every 6-8 months.

Let’s look at the opposite scenario…If small amounts of blood are used, with a basic centrifuge, without activating the dormant platelets and having them injected into sites that have had topical anaesthetic cream or local anaesthetic administered directly onto the same spot, and the PRP is performed by a person that is not a Doctor specialized in PRP treatment then you cannot possibly expect to achieve a perfect outcome.
Some clinics out there may recommend that you have as many as 5-6 PRP sessions within a 12 month period, which in my experience as a Doctor and leading PRP expert is excessive. Who wants to have needles injected into their scalp 5-6 times per year?! I certainly wouldn’t. Furthermore when done properly, it usually takes a year to notice results begin to diminish. So why would you be asked to do it every 2-3 months?
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On a final note, my clinic receives many new enquiries each week from hair loss sufferers that undertook PRP treatment at other clinics in the past with no results. Rather than accepting the possibility that the PRP may not be for them, my staff would ask questions and often notice the same pattern… The clinic extracted only 10-20mls; the platelets were not light activated; Topical anaesthetic was used within the recipient area or the treatment was not performed by a Doctor.

These hair loss sufferers were understandably hesitant to explore PRP for their hair again. However when we explained the differences between how Newin Institute performs PRP to the rest of the competition, they started to become curious. Long story short, most of these men and women decided to take the gamble and put faith in us. After having PRP done “the newin way” and coming in for their 6 month check, 3 out of every 4 patients were very happy to notice hair shedding significantly reduce and density within thin areas thicken.  This represents a 75% success rate on patients that previously failed achieve any results via PRP at another clinic! It is because of these patients that reinforces to me that the PRP treatment offered at Newin Institute is optimized for treating hair loss.

One male PRP Client from Sydney, who noticed a dramatic improvement in density within his mid-scalp and crown regions, was amazed that this was even possible for him. The reason is because he previously had 5 PRP sessions at another clinic within a 10 month period. The photos of his scalp reflected no change and he was told by their representative to accept that he is one of the unlucky few that PRP simply does not work for. However in this example, we can appreciate that the lack of results was not because of the Client…

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