Hair loss affects a significant proportion of the population, both male and female. The most common cause of hair loss is a condition called androgenetic alopecia. This is an inherited condition where exposure to androgens (male sex hormones) causes hair follicles to permanently stop producing hair. In men, this condition is often referred to as “male pattern baldness” because of the characteristic pattern of a receding hair line; it affects around 40% of men age 35 and 80% of men over 50, and may begin as early as age 20. In women, the condition usually results in general overall thinning of the hair on the scalp after menopause. Although balding and hair thinning is not life-threatening, it can result in significant reductions in quality of life, as well as self-esteem issues. This is why so many people in San Diego are turning to us for PRP hair restoration.
A Note About Other Hair Restoration Treatments
There are a few treatments available in San Diego for hair loss. For men, medications that block the production of male sex hormones may slow the progression of the condition, but they can have many sexual side effects, such as impotence and reduced sex drive. There are no medications available for women. Hair transplants and wigs are the only other available options, but they have obvious downsides.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is prepared from a patient’s own blood. A typical blood sample is collected, and in a quick, in-office procedure, the platelets are concentrated. Platelets are small, formed elements in the blood that are essentially tiny packages of healing factors. When an injury occurs, the platelets burst and release factors that induce blood clotting, and they also release a potent cocktail of growth factors that trigger healing. PRP has been used for many years by surgeons to help heal surgical wounds. It has also been found to be useful in healing chronic conditions such as tendonitis and to have rejuvenating effects on conditions related to aging.
How Does PRP Restore Hair?
Studies have shown that when injected into the scalp for hair restoration, PRP induces a regrowth of hair. Practically all patients in San Diego experience a cessation of hair loss and growth of thicker, longer hair. Some patients require multiple treatments at regular intervals before observing increased hair growth. Since the PRP is prepared from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of infection transmission or allergic reactions.