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Alopecia and Hair Loss Treatment (Hair Restoration using PRP Injections) - San Francisco, CA

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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. 

Best Candidates

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.

Other Considerations

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!

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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.

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