Hair loss is a common concern for both men and women. There are over 100 different hair loss conditions.
More common conditions are androgenetic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male pattern balding and female pattern hair loss, which affect 30% to 50 % of the population, increasing with age. Less common conditions such as Alopecia areata and some types of scarring hair loss conditions affect 0.01 to 2.0% of the population.
Book an initial consultation for hair loss with one of our physicians to verify a correct diagnosis of your hair loss condition. A personalized treatment plan will be developed with you that outlines a medical step-wise approach to treating hair loss. Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following options:
- platelet rich plasma
- hair transplantation
PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatments have been used by physicians since the 1990′s in various areas of medicine, and is now accepted as a clinically proven treatment for some types of hair loss. PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatments are indicated for treatment of male pattern balding, female pattern hair loss, and sometimes alopecia areata and scarring alopecias. Studies show about 50% of patients will experience some degree of improvement with PRP injections.
The PRP is taken from a patient’s blood sample, topical numbing is applied to the scalp and then the PRP is injected back into the patient’s scalp to help initiate hair growth. PRP contains platelets which release growth factors, small molecules that act as messengers to start the process of cellular regeneration. Growth factors stimulate regeneration of hair follicles, increase blood supply and enhance hair follicle cell proliferation, resulting in stronger, healthier hair follicles. Each PRP treatment takes about an hour and our clinic provides pre and post care instructions. Three treatments done 3-4 weeks apart is a common starting point for PRP treatments. Results are noted 3 – 6 months after the PRP treatments. Maintenance treatments may be recommended as well.
Who is not a candidate for PRP therapy?
The following individuals are not candidates:
- Patients with current infections
- Skin diseases such as lupus or porphyria
- Patients with current cancer
- Current chemotherapy treatments
- Severe metabolic or systemic disorders
- Liver disease
- Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders)
- Those using anticoagulation therapy
- Current use of corticosteroids
- Steroid injections in the scalp in the last month
More information about Male Pattern Balding
More information about Female Pattern Hair Loss