About alopecia and hair loss
Androgenetic alopecia, commonly called “male pattern baldness” is the cause of more than 95% of hair loss in men. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of thirty-five, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of noticeable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. Men are not the only ones who suffer from pattern baldness, females experience hair loss at a surprisingly high rate, too. Female pattern hair loss occurs in approximately 50% of women by the time they reach fifty.
Other causes of hair loss for men and women include: extreme stress or illness, chemotherapy, and traction alopecia (caused by trauma to hair follicles from hairstyles that pull the hair tight). In addition, women may experience hair loss due to hormonal changes, such as those that occur postpartum. Alopecia areata is a rare form of hair loss, affecting only 2% of the population. Researchers believe that this form of hair loss is an autoimmune disease. Although it is not clear why, the immune system is inappropriately activated and attacks the hair follicles. Severity of the disease varies from small patches of hair loss to loss of all hair on the body.
No matter the cause of your hair loss, we understand how unsettling and emotional it can be to lose you hair. Luckily our team of Board Certified dermatologists at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology have several options to help address your hair loss concerns.
ABOUT PRP THERAPY
First used to quickly heal pro athletes, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy has found many applications in the medical community. PRP therapy uses the growth factors in a patient's blood to stimulate the healing process. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco, our team of board-certified dermatologists and skin care professionals use PRP therapy to help patients with thinning hair and those in the early stages of balding. By injecting the PRP serum into the scalp, dormant hair follicles can be stimulated to thicken and re-grow areas of hair. PRP injections for hair restoration can be a great option for anyone who has not had success with over-the-counter treatments but also isn't ready for hair transplant surgery.
"I have been seeing Dr. Welsh (who was initially recommended to me by my primary care physician) since 2007 for fillers, and more recently, Botox, between once and twice a year. Additionally, two years ago I had an intensive peel and spots on the backs of my hands treated, and last year, a light peel. Although it seems counter-intuitive, I am now paying less per visit than I did ten years ago; I don't need as much! I also am not trying to look decades younger, only slow the external manifestations of aging. This goal is exactly what Dr. Welsh continues to achieve. The work is subtle, yet I am always met with disbelief when I tell people I am fifty-eight. (I should add that I have been using Retin-A since I was thirty, and Dr. Welsh says this makes a huge difference.)Since Dr. Hui has come on board I have seen her once for fillers, with the same excellent results. I wanted to get another intensive peel this year, which Dr. Hui administered eight days ago. The product Dr. Hui currently uses has a much quicker turn-around than the previous two-week period. The treatment is, as Dr. Hui characterized it, "spicy." But the three chili peppers level lasts only for a minute, and my face felt completely normal an hour later. I've been slathering my face with Aquafor (and sunscreen when I am outside) and the peeling has ended. I was a bit concerned as my face peeled much more rapidly than with the previous treatment, but when I saw Dr. Hui for a check-in yesterday she reassured me that this was normal for the new product. I currently have patches of redness in varying size and shade over about a third of my face that will fade over the next three to four days. The skin is beautiful, and I won't feel the need to wear make-up. I am very pleased with the results--at a much lower cost than Fraxel laser treatments.Drs. Welsh and Hui have stellar educations and credentials, yet are down-to-earth. They love their work and it shows. Over ten years I have had only warm, professional interactions with staff, and never once felt pressure to buy products. I have watched my skin and appearance improve under Dr. Welsh's thoughtful care, and am happy that the equally attentive Dr. Hui has joined her. I am looking forward to the next ten years!"- H.A. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
"Dr. Andrea Hui is a very well trained surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist. She provides excellent care and is very committed to her patients. I would recommend her to all my friends and family."- M.L. / Yelp / Oct 24, 2017
"This review is about Dr Hui- the only person I trust with my face. She is kind and generous with her time, and has an eye for detail. She patiently listened to all my concerns before the procedure and I always leave her office not just looking my best but feeling my best too! Thank you Dr Hui. Cheers, Hillel-"- H.S. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2017
"Dr Hui is not only an amazing dermatologist but an amazing person as well! I trust her completely and know I'm in good hands whether she's helping me clear up some eczema or filling my lips!"- K.K. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2017
"For more than a decade, I've been suffering severe acne and its scarring. I tried multiple over-the-counter medication and department-store skincare, but none of them are working. Finally, end of 2016, I decided to ask for professional help. I carefully searched ALL dermatologists across Bay Area. I've read customer reviews and looked for recommendations. Finally, I decided to choose Dr. Hui, based on positive reviews, current skin-technology, and personalized treatments-tailored to patients' skin. If I have to summarize it in a sentence: I am VERY GLAD choosing Dr. Hui and her staff. 9 months after seeing her, my skin is clearer, brighter and smoother. I usually shy away from group pictures or wefie (I am barely do selfie), but lately I am happy with my friends' wefie pictures- my skin looks much better. My friends start complementing my skin, and of course my confidence is up. If I can leave few tips, here they are: 1) Skincare takes time. Wrt to skin, it is not instant. It is like going to gym or diet, it takes time to gain muscle/lose weight. Of course, we can go to extreme gym activities or diet, the result might be instant, but the full circle might come sooner too. 2). Be honest and bring your expectation with dermatologist (in this case, Dr. Hui). She will work with you and for you. That includes fees, timeline, expected/unexpected results, upcoming work/personal trips, etc. 3). Be patience & follow Dr Hui's instructions and suggestions. If I haven't follow them, and fast-forward it to the following 3 months treatment, most likely my skin would not great and get worse."- E.L. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2017
PRP is drawn from the patient‘s blood, so it is extremely protein and platelet-rich, containing helpful growth factors that help stimulate natural hair growth. PRP injections are best for patients with visibly thinning hair or patients in the early stages of hair loss. PRP can stimulate dormant hair follicles and hair growth, but it cannot create new hair follicles.
What to Expect
A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then spun in a special centrifuge until the stem cells, platelets, and growth factors are concentrated, which turns it into platelet-rich plasma (PRP) serum. Since the treatment substance is taken from the patient’s own blood, the possibility of negative side effects or harmful reactions is significantly less. Once the PRP serum is prepared, it can be carefully injected into areas of the scalp with visible thinning or bald spots.
For the first one to three days after the procedure, patients may have some mild swelling, redness, and bruising in the treated area. Patients typically see improvements to their hair growth about three to four months after their treatment, with final results appearing six to eighteen months after their last treatment. For better results, patients can have multiple treatments, scheduled every one to two months.
OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS
A patient with patches of hair loss may be a candidate for injections of corticosteroid solution into the scalp. This procedure involves close monitoring of hair loss and regular follow-up appointments with our board-certified dermatologists, but can be very effective.
Our dermatologists at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology often recommend a combination of PRP treatments with corticosteroid injections, as well as our prescription Topical Alopecia Solution and over-the-counter supplements such as Nutrafol. Our Topical Alopecia Solution is available in specialized formulas for women and men. Both formulas contain 7% Minoxidil (compared with 5% available in Rogaine). However, women’s formula also contains progesterone and tretinoin while the men’s contains finasteride (the active ingredient in prescription Propecia). When combined with taking Nutrafol supplements daily, our patients see stellar results!
Plan Your Procedure
Natural Hair Restoration
If you have noticed that your hair is thinning, now is the time to act. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are safe and noninvasive way to rejuvenate the length and thickness of your hair. Schedule a consultation to learn more and find out if you are a candidate for hair restoration with PRP injections.