Male and Female Pattern Baldness, also known as “Androgenic Alopecia”, is the most common cause of hair loss and will affect up to 70% of men and 40% of women at some point in their lifetime. Men typically present with hairline recession at the temples and hair-loss on the upper surface of the head, also known as vertex balding. Women typically present diffuse, or scattered, thinning of the hair over the top of their scalps. People who suffer from this type of hair-loss have an underlying sensitivity to “hair follicle miniaturization” due to androgenic hormones.
Common Causes of Hair Loss There are many causes of hair loss. Causes include certain diseases, chemical exposure, or drug use. The most common causes are:
Androgenic Alopecia (AGA) - More than 95% of hair-loss in men is due to this condition. Women can also be affected by this common type of hair loss.
Poor Nutrition - Usually complete baldness is not seen in people with nutritional deficiencies, thinning of the hair is more common. Studies show that limited food intake and deficiencies in certain nutrients can cause thinning. These include deficiencies of biotin, amino-acids (protein), zinc, and iron. Consuming a diet high in animal fat, such in fast food, can also have a negative effect on hair loss.
Stress - Stress has been shown to restrict the blood supply to capillaries which prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the hair follicle which can prevent hair growth. This effect is similar to having poor circulation.
Medications - Some medications can cause hair loss, especially medications which affect hormone levels. These medications include contraceptive pills, some forms of hormone replacement therapy, anabolic steroids, and acne medication. Other medications which can have an effect on hair loss include those for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cholesterol.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP is natural. It is taken from the patients own blood to regenerate skin, nerves, blood vessels, and accelerate tissue repair. The treatment begins, by drawing blood from the patient which is then spun in a specialized centrifuge. This process separates the blood from the plasma and platelets. The plasma that is concentrated with platelets is injected back into the tissues. Once injected, the platelets release growth factors which stimulate stems cells in the tissue to create new tissue which is more youthful. All the old and damaged tissue is renewed again. There is not much downtime with the procedure, and typically not much discomfort with the use of anesthesia. There is no risk for reaction or rejection since the procedure utilizes your own blood. PRP has many uses and may be combined with other treatments to maximize efficacy and results.
What are the benefits of PRP Treatments?
Because PRP is composed of your own blood cells, there is no chance for an allergic reaction or for rejection by your immune system
Hair regrowth takes place at a natural pace over 3 to 4 months, for a more subtle improvement in appearance
Beneficial for both men and women
Procedure takes less than an hour as an in-office procedure
Use of small gauge needles and local anesthetic eliminates pain
No downtime; normal activities may be resume immediately
Who is a good candidate for PRP Hair Restoration treatments? Hair loss occurs for many reasons. Genetics, stress, medications, even vitamin deficiencies can cause hair loss or thinning. Anyone who is noticing a receding hairline, a widening part, or excessive shedding is a good candidate for PRP Hair Restoration. However, people who are completely bald are not good candidates for PRP Hair Restoration. The therapy is most effective during the early stages of hair loss, when you start noticing less volume in your hair and more volume on your brush. What can I expect? A few lab tests will be required prior to your first treatment. The purpose is to detect common hormonal causes of pattern baldness in both men and women allowing for the customization of hair restorative treatments. We want you to get the best results by discovering the root cause of why you have hair loss in the first place is always going to be an important step in helping our patients reach optimal results.
Who is not a good candidate for PRP? Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use. Medical diagnosis such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders. Also, if the hair follicles are entirely lost, the treatment will not work. Patients who have lost their hair follicles require hair transplant surgery.
What is the Treatment Schedule? After the initial treatment, 3 follow up treatments are recommended, scheduled 1 month apart.
When will I see results? After 3-4 treatments have been completed at monthly intervals you will begin to see new hair growth. PRP Stimulates hair growth but the results take time. You should not expect visible results before you have completed this treatment cycle. Thereafter the hair growth will continue. Maintenance treatments are highly recommended 1-2 times per year depending on your response.
Prices are subject to change and personalized prices will be provided upon consultation. **All fees are paid on the day of your appointment at the time of service (ANESTHESIA included in all procedure prices)