A: Female pattern hair loss can be strongly influenced by age, nutrition, stress, surgery, medications, illness, social/lifestyle factors, hair care, heredity and more.
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Organic Hair Loss Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a new highly effective non-invasive treatment modality for hair loss in men and women with minimal downtime and no major side effects.
Our hair is considered to be an important feature of our self-image. Therefore, the progressive hair loss, affecting both sexes (it affects up to 80% men and 40% women) significantly impairs quality of life, self-esteem, personal attractiveness and may even lead to depression and other negative effects of life, especially in women.
A number of non-invasive hair loss therapies such as Minoxidil and Finasteride have been proposed as hair loss therapies. Low patient compliance and satisfaction rate, as well as numerous systematic adverse effects, has led to a search for new treatment options for alopecia. PRP injections appear to be effective in the treatment of hair loss in both males and females, without remarkable adverse effects, along with high patient satisfaction rate.
PRP is defined as the plasma derived from autologous (your own) blood rich in the essential growth factors – “growth factors cocktail”! The regenerative potential of plasma depends on interactions between PRP growth factors (PDGF, TGF-b, and VΕGF) and stem cells of the follicles to activate the proliferative phase of the hair, giving rise to the future follicular unit. Therefore, PRP serves as a potential treatment of hair loss.
To obtain the best results possible, our comprehensive multistep model includes the following steps:
Diagnosis of alopecia is made in all patients based on a detailed medical history (any drugs causing hair loss), clinical examination and laboratory tests in order to exclude other hair loss causes, such as anemia, poor nutrition, thyroid dysfunction, syphilis or polycystic ovary syndrome.
Patients start taking supplements and green tea extract 4 weeks before PRP Hair Treatment to stimulate the growth of healthy hair by strengthening hair follicles and promoting elongation of the hair follicles.
For the preparation of PRP, RegenKit (Regenlab®) is used. The blood is collected into 2 tubes (RegenBCT) and centrifuged for 5-10 min to separate and concentrate the platelet rich plasma about 6-10 ml of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma).
PRP with ACells(Stem Cells) and Vitamins (Vitamin B complex and Vitamin D) is injected into the problematic areas using a small needle.
Microneedling is performed over the treated areas with topical PRP Treatment.
Red light laser therapy – a highly specific wavelength of red light (approximately 655 nanometers) – has achieved excellent results in male and female patients of all ages, particularly in conjunction with PRP Treatment and Mesotherapy to the scalp by stimulating follicular cells from dormancy into an active growth phase.
Most patients can return to work immediately after the treatment. Minimal discomfort may occur after a few hours. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, redness and/or possible scabbing in the treatment area. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.
PRP has a positive therapeutic effect on male and female pattern hair loss without major side effects*. Based on our experience, patients demonstrate clinical improvement in the number of hairs-hair regrowth (up to 20% increase) and hair thickness (30 – 40% increase).
*results may vary from person to person
The cost for SD PRP Hair Treatment starts from $2,800 and includes 2 sessions and vitamin injections. Also, price depends on the severity of the condition and the amount of treatments performed
Q&A / QUESTIONS AND SD ANSWERS
Q: What are major causes of hair loss in women?
Q: What are the most common causes of hair loss in men?
A: In men we know that hair loss follows a very specific, progressive pattern that is passed on through heredity and is triggered by a hormone–specifically dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
Q: How is a hair loss diagnosis obtained?
A: A hair loss “work up” starts with a detailed medical history, including family history, history of medical illness, poor nutrition, current medications, hair care regimen, recent surgeries and a detailed history of the hair loss situation. A Physical exam would include evaluation of the scalp for signs and symptoms of hair loss and any concurrent problems, such as inflammation. Blood work or other testing (like a HairDX genetic test) may be performed if indicated by the history and physical symptoms.
Q: What are PRP hair regrowth treatments and how do they work?
A: PRP contains growth factors and cytokines that have been shown to be responsible for stimulating and enhancing hair follicle function. The PRP may be combined with ECM or Extracellular Matrix (like ACell or BioD) and Mesotherapy (Vitamin Cocktail) for a stronger and longer hair growth result.
Q: Who is the ideal candidate for PRP treatments for hair loss?
A: Patients with areas of “weak quality” hair growth on the scalp with still functioning hair follicles appear to have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
Q: How does combining ACell and Mesotherapy help with the overall results of treatment?
A: It has been reported that when Extracellular Matrix or ECM products like ACell (porcine bladder-derived) and Mesotherapy (Vitamin Cocktail) are added to PRP in appropriate quantities, a stronger and longer duration of hair growth improvement has been observed.
Q: When can you expect results from PRP?
A: Hair growth improvements can typically be measured in about three months, but it takes six to twelve months to visually “see” the difference in photos and in the mirror.
Q: How long do the benefits of PRP treatments last?
A: On average, the benefits of PRP Treatments last forever; however, most patients will need to repeat PRP treatment after an average of one year in order to maintain the hair growth effects.
Q: What are the risks of PRP treatments?
A: PRP is a comfortable, in-office, non-surgical procedure that takes about an hour start-to-finish. Most patients notice a brief period of inflammation during which their scalp remains somewhat pink and numb for a few hours. Swelling is rare (about 15% of the time) and if it occurs, it is noticeable in the forehead or around the eye area on the next day. Any swelling takes about a day or two to resolve.
Q: Is there a recovery period or downtime after PRP treatments?
A: There is no activity restriction after a PRP treatment. Patients may shower/shampoo/condition their hair normally just 12 hours after the treatment and resume normal daily and athletic activities. As mentioned previously, some brief mild inflammation noticeable as redness/pinkness and numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours. No harsh chemical coloring or perming treatments should be performed for at least 72 hours. Use of topical hair growth treatments like Minoxidil 82M or similar can resume the next day. Laser therapy treatments can also be resumed the next day.
Q: Are there any contraindications or other factors that would make someone ineligible for PRP?
A: The vast majority of healthy individuals can easily undergo PRP treatments. Certain conditions like blood and platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or hemodynamic instability and/or the presence of anti-coagulation therapy (e.g. warfarin) would make PRP contraindicated. Recent steroid treatments and smoking are relative contraindications and should be discussed with your Hair Restoration Physician.
Q: What qualifications should a person look for in a hair restoration specialist before booking a PRP Hair Growth appointment?
A: - Seek out a physician with extensive experience specifically with PRP for the scalp, because techniques are different for the scalp compared to other areas of the body.
- Find a PRP expert who utilizes PRP with ECM Extracellular Matrix, like ACell or BioD-Restore, so you can get the strongest and longest results from the treatment and reduce the hassle and expense of frequent, repeat treatments.
- Ask if low level laser therapy will be applied pre and post-treatment to enhance the procedure.
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