Platelet Rich Plasma / PRP in Las Vegas
We specialize in using Platelet Rich Plasma PRP to help men and women to restore thicker, fuller hair. Thinning hair plagues many people, and until recently, there was not a wide selection of therapies available for the treatment of this condition. Common therapies for alopecia included hair implants, medications, and lifestyle changes. While alopecia can occur for several reasons, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Las Vegas can be used to treat this condition in both men and women, and it can be used in conjunction with other therapies. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a new and exciting option that does not require surgery or downtime, and it has helped many people achieve thicker hair.
PRP For Hair Loss in Las Vegas
In men, male pattern baldness can rear its head as early as the age of 19 years old, while some men may not notice hair loss until their 40’s or 50’s. Often, men experience hair loss due to genetic factors or because they have higher levels of dihydrotestosterone, which is a form of testosterone that kills hair follicles. Alopecia may start with a receding hairline, or spots of hair may start to go missing. Some of the other reasons that alopecia can occur in men include:
- Testosterone imbalances
- Over exertion
- Genetic factors
Despite the reason for hair loss, using Platelet Rich Plasma can stimulate hair regrowth, or it can slow down the rate of hair loss. This therapy works by injecting stem cells from the patient’s blood into the scalp to stimulate the healing of tissues, such as hair follicles. When hair follicles are restored men may experience the regrowth of their hair. A specialist can guide men through the process of hair restoration with Platelet Rich Plasma or a combination of PRP and other therapies.
PRP Frequently Asked Questions
What is recovery like?
Since it is a non-surgical procedure, the healing and recovery are virtually non-existent. Most patients are able to return to work the next day if they want to and only have a tiny bit of discomfort at the site where blood is drawn or the injection takes place. The process is no more painful than a shot.
What exactly is PRP?
“PRP” stands for platelet-rich plasma – a component of your own blood with a higher concentration of platelets. Platelets play a critical role in healing by releasing growth factors, which repair tissue. When used for hair restoration, the growth factors released by the platelets stimulate hair follicle growth.
How soon will I see results?
We find that most of our patients will see results in 3-6 months, with most patients seeing results at 4 months. It will vary for each patient.
How effective is the procedure?
The expected results vary from patient to patient. When patients are good candidates and follow the therapy procedure as instructed, they can often expect excellent results.
How is the procedure performed?
Blood will be drawn from your body and spun, separating the rich, plasma cells. These cells are then injected directly into the scalp. In an ideal situation, you will experience renewed hair growth.
Can both men and women use this treatment?
Before & After Gallery
New Treatment Provides Lasting Joint and Tendon Pain Relief!
There’s been quite a buzz in the news as of late about Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, with a high success rate, as its been used successfully in celebrity professional athletes to alleviate pain.
PRP therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP therapy has been used by many professional athletes to improve their rate of healing and return to peak performance. PRP therapy is utilized in pain, orthopedic, and sports medicine practices in the U.S. and many other countries.
The treatment takes less than an hour and has been most beneficial in relieving pain often caused by sports injuries, but has also been successful in treating general pain in orthopedic problems, as well. The revolutionary new treatment relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions and has been used in both the U.S. and many other countries. PRP therapy has been used by many professional athletes and shown significant results, improving their rate of healing and returning them to peak performance.
The image below summarizes the procedure:
It’s your own body healing itself!
Because the therapy utilizes plasma from your own body, the treatment is usually well- tolerated and easily assimilated. It’s a simple technique, really. Blood is drawn from the patient and then loaded into a centrifuge. After 15 minutes of spinning at 3500 rpm, the blood separates into: red blood cells at bottom, platelet-poor plasma at top, and in the middle, your platelet-rich plasma, which can be extracted and then used as your body’s own panacea serum for relieving pain.
On what joints/tendons can PRP be used?
PRP can be used on any tendon or ligament that is damaged. This commonly includes either of the following diagnoses:
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Biceps Tendonitis, both distal and proximal
Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee)
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
“OCD Lesions” or Osteochondral Lesion
Osteoarthritis of major Joints including the knee
Watch as our very own Melissa Hutchinson undergoes a treatment of a combination of PRP and Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for a better area of distribution.
Melissa was a real trooper with this injection as her injury being acute was still very tender. Because we used Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), lidocaine could not be used due to a negative effect on the MSC in the literature.
Other complicated cases including post-operative pain and slow healing conditions after surgery or an injury can be considered. For example, Hines Ward and Tiger Woods have had this procedure performed for their slow healing injuries, which were preventing them from performing at their top levels. Individual cases vary and can be considered with a consultation with Dr. Pierce.
Another consideration for high level athletes looking for decreased down time and faster healing rates is having PRP performed immediately after your injury. Mixed Martial Artists and other Professional and Amateur athletes have had PRP performed on their acute injuries to improve healing time and outcomes.
How does PRP therapy work?
PRP is a concentrated blend of growth factors, cytokines and platelets that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery and healing through the body’s own mechanisms. The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets (up to 9X’s normal) to the injured area. PRP’s supra-physiologic concentration of growth factors stimulates healing of chronic injuries. There is minimal down time with PRP and healing takes place over 1-6 weeks. Elite athletes can return to training almost immediately since no foreign chemicals, medication or hardware was introduced to the body.
How is PRP obtained and injected?
Platelet rich plasma is obtained by drawing a small amount of whole blood from the patient and placed in a centrifuge for 15 minutes at 3500 revolutions per minute. This layers out specific portions of blood, specifically, one small layer rich in growth factors and platelets. The growth factor rich plasma (“PRP”), is then directly placed into the damaged tissue, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
What are the potential benefits?
Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function.
How frequently is this procedure done?
What are the expected results?
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
What are the significant side effects?
Although uncommon, the risks include those signs/symptoms associated with an injection including: pain, infection, no relief of symptoms, worsening of symptoms, blood clot, nerve injury, skin discoloration, calcification, scarring, loss of fat to the affected area, and allergic reaction.
Is PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. There will be an initial evaluation Dr. Pierce to see if PRP therapy is right for you. Dr. Pierce performs an initial evaluation to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O. • Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic located at 6020 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89118. 702-838-1994 • AgelessForever.net