Hair loss is often as a result of a variety of factors, aging, hormonal changes, systemic illnesses, genetics, etc. Often times the hair loss can result in feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness. There are numerous hair restoration treatments on the market, from shampoos, medications, laser treatments, supplements, etc., etc. The problem is most are not very effective, if at all. Hair follicular loss for whatever reason is the issue. Most treatments indicate that they can produce new follicles. This is simple not the case.

Once you have hair loss of more than 5-6 years, there are no follicles to reactivate. The only way to get new hair growth is by have a follicular hair transplant. This is a microsurgical procedure. If however, your hair is thinning or having progressive hair loss, you have some good options available to try and restore, slow down or preserve your existing hair. A great option is to use your body’s own growth factors in the form of PRP (platelet rich plasma) to help restore or reverse hair loss by reactivating the hair follicle before the follicle is permanently lost.

How is it done, what should I expect?

The use of growth factors is an in office procedure, which typically takes about 60min, the time may vary depending on how much hair loss you maybe wanting to address. A scalp block is done to minimize the pain from the treatment. The treatment typically consists of carefully placing these growth factors into the scalp using a very small needle. The areas of hair loss will typically see growth within 1-2 months. (NOTE: long term hair loss will NOT be responsive to this type of treatment, it will require a surgical follicular transplant).

Post treatment care:

After your hair restoration treatment, you will want to not wash your hair for 24 hours, and then use very gentle shampoo (ie: baby shampoo) for the a few days following the treatment. Typically the treatment may be repeated at 30-60 days or as needed to maximize hair restoration.

Is hair restoration right for you?

As with any cosmetic dermatologic treatment, a consultation with an experienced physician who can answer all of your questions and give you information about this treatment and your other medical options is a must.