PRP Hair Restoration
For many people, thinning hair is an effect of aging that can’t be ignored. Fortunately, today’s advances in technology offer up a range of hair restoration systems that naturally regenerate a fuller, healthier head of hair. The Selphyl platelet-rich fibrin matrix system makes the most of today’s technological advancements. The Selphyl system is the next generation in platelet-rich plasma or PRP injection treatments, stimulating hair growth without the need for hair restoration. Dr. Leslie Smith of Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics is proud to offer this state-of-the-art new treatment system for her patients. There are compelling reasons why the Selphyl system is poised to become a top choice in non-surgical hair restoration today.
What Causes Thinning Hair?
Before any PRP treatments
6 weeks after 1 PRP treatment at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics
A healthy scalp sheds anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day. While this sounds like a significant number, an ongoing hair growth cycle maintains a full head of hair in spite of this daily hair loss. As the body ages, the processes that support cycles of hair growth start to slow down much like other systems in the body begin to decline.
One of the components involved in the hair growth cycle is a network of blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the scalp. With age, these blood vessels weaken, and blood flow is not as robust as it was during the younger years. When this happens, hair may begin to thin out.
The variety of hair restoration treatments on the market attempt to stimulate hair growth in different ways. Unless a hair treatment helps the scalp receive the nutrients it needs to flourish, you will likely see limited results at best. Selphyl System’s Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix treatment supports hair growth where it’s needed most.
Selphyl® System’s Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix Treatment vs. Traditional Hair Restoration Methods
Selphyl offers numerous advantages over other types of hair restoration techniques:
- Improves upon traditional platelet-rich plasma therapy systems
- Incorporates stem cells within the plasma formula
- Contains an internal chemical structure that distributes platelets evenly across treated areas
- Provides a sustained release of growth factors
- Produces pure concentrations of platelet-rich plasma
- Offers a self-correcting system that eliminates the risk of operator error
- Features a safe and effective therapy for hair loss
Drawbacks of Traditional Hair Restoration Methods
FUE Hair Transplants
Dr. Smith has seen multiple patients who have gone through FUE hair transplants and not seen the results they were expecting. This is very common, as this expensive treatment does not address the root of the problem. Hair transplant procedures involve moving hair grafts from the back of the head to thinning areas along the scalp. If hair loss is considerable, multiple grafts will be needed to create a natural hair density in the affected area. Since the scalp can only handle so many hair grafts per centimeter, exceeding this limit increases the risk that the grafts will be lost.
Furthermore, inadequate blood supply to the thinning area is not addressed in this method, and this underlying condition can prove to be problematic during the hair transplant procedure. If the blood vessels are weak or dying off, the hair grafts won’t receive the oxygen and nutrients needed to thrive, exactly the same reason why hair growth has tapered off. Comparatively, using the Selphyl platelet-rich fibrin system is an economical and effective alternative that actually results in increased hair growth.
Other methods of hair restoration have some drawbacks not seen with the Selphyl system:
Traditional Platelet-Rich Plasma Systems
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP systems make use of the blood platelets contained in human blood. Blood platelets feature a wealth of restorative and healing agents, including growth factors and anti-inflammatory materials. Growth factors, in particular, promote healing, cell regeneration and blood vessel formation which is what is needed to restore hair that starts to thin.
For hair restoration purposes, the plasma used has twice the concentration of platelets as whole blood. The problem with traditional platelet-rich plasma systems lies in the high likelihood of contamination as far as the plasma mix goes. It’s not uncommon for the white and red blood cells to be mixed in with a plasma treatment. In effect, these unwanted ingredients can cause inflammation and even kill off cells in the treatment area. The Selphyl system picks up where traditional systems leave off, producing pure, uncontaminated plasma.
Selphyl System’s Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix Treatment (PRFM) – The Next Generation PRP Therapy
Like traditional PRP therapies, the Selphyl system uses platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s blood. However, the Selphyl system improves upon PRP in ways that produce much better results. In addition to high concentrations of platelets, the Selphyl system mixes in stem cells to enhance the effects of the platelets. Stem cells act as the building blocks for all the tissues in the body, including those that make up the scalp and blood vessels. Incorporating stem cells into the plasma mix reinforces the platelets’ effectiveness.
The Selphyl system also includes a fibrin matrix structure which strengthens the system’s effects. The fibrin matrix acts as a type of three-dimensional scaffold structure that holds the platelets in place once injected. This enables the platelets and growth factors to bind to the treated sites. This binding effect not only increases the concentration of platelets per treated area but also allows growth factors to be released into the scalp for up to seven days after treatment. These combined effects stimulate the hair growth cycle while promoting healthy blood circulation.
Another added benefit of the Selphyl system has to do with the contents of the platelet-rich plasma. Selphyl operates as a closed, self-contained system that’s designed to produce pure plasma formulations that are devoid of red and white blood cells. The closed system design also eliminates the risk of operator error. Overall, the Selphyl system’s platelet-rich fibrin matrix treatment takes PRP to a whole new level.
What’s the Selphyl System PRFM Procedure Like?
Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics Patient Before, After 1 PRP treatment, and After 3 PRP Treatments.
The procedure for a Selphyl treatment starts by drawing blood from the patient’s arm using a vacuum collection tube that contains a cell separator gel. The blood and gel are then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the plasma while the separator gel extracts red and white blood cells from the mix. Next, the platelets and plasma are placed in a second vacuum tube that contains minuscule amounts of calcium chloride solution. The calcium chloride solution is needed to create the fibrin-matrix structure that binds the platelets to the treated areas.
At this point, the formula is ready to be injected into the areas of the scalp being treated. Since the Selphyl system’s effectiveness relies on the sustained release of growth factors into the scalp, patients are advised to get three treatments to reap the full benefits. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, treatments can be purchased one at a time at $1,000 each or all three for $2,700. The cost includes a complimentary consultation with Dr. Smith.
PRFM Effects On Hair Growth Cycles
Selphyl’s effects stimulate the hair growth cycle at critical stages to promote new growth. The hair growth cycle consists of three phases: Anagen, catagen and telogen. Actual growth takes place during the anagen and catagen phases while the telogen phase is a resting period that precedes shedding. The anagen and catagen phases usually last for three to five years. The telogen stage lasts anywhere from three to four months. Since Selphyl PRFM effects promote cell growth and blood vessel formation, it’s able to prolong the anagen or growth phase and shorten the telogen or resting phase. With longer growth phases and shorter resting phases, Selphyl revitalizes the hair growth cycle.
Call Us to Schedule a Consultation
Selphyl’s platelet-rich fibrin matrix system is a new and improved hair restoration treatment. If you’ve tried traditional plasma-rich platelet therapies and seen unsatisfactory results, the Selphyl system may be a solution that will work for you. Dr. Smith of Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics provides personalized care for each patient and will take the time to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 952-460-1970 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith today.