Biological Hair Rejuvenation and Restoration

Your hair is a statement of your individuality and losing it can be devastating to your self-esteem. Not only is it functional, helping to insulate and protect you, but it also sends visible social and sexual cues about you that are interpreted by others according to societal norms and fashion trends. Today, about fifty-four million men and thirty-two million women in the U.S. have some degree of hair loss. There are multiple non-surgical restoration treatments available to help rejuvenate your hair and get your life back!

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment we use to accelerate and restore hair growth in appropriate patients. PRP is taken from the patient’s own blood and contains a high concentration of platelets. When PRP is injected into the scalp, the platelets are stimulated to release several growth factors that promote hair growth. These growth factors include:

  • Epidermal growth factor

  • Transforming growth factor

  • Vascular endothelial growth factor

  • Thickened, cracked, scaly skin

  • Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching

This treatment may be effective in patients diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia, also known as male and female pattern hair loss, in which the hair follicles shrink in size. PRP may boost follicular thickness.

The Procedure

  1. Blood is drawn from the vein by a medical professional
  2. The tube of blood is then placed into a centrifuge, which spins the blood and separates the components.
  3. A medical professional extracts the PRP using a syringe.
  4. The PRP is then injected into appropriate areas of the scalp.

Treatment Schedule

This treatment requires several spaced appointments. The treatment intervals should include:

  • Monthly sessions for the first three months
  • Six months after the last treatment

  • Nine months after that for maintenance

Maintenance routines will vary between individuals. It is important to know that PRP is not a cure for male and female pattern hair loss.

The Results

The results of PRP will vary from individual to individual, and PRP does not work for everyone. Typically, patients still need to continue their medical therapy to maximize their results. It is important to understand that hair growth will take time.

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.”

Reno Tahoe Dermatology serves Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs, Sun Valley, Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada & East California.

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