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FAQ

Hair Loss FAQ

FAQ For Hair Loss
And Hair Restoration without Surgery

  • Androgenic and Diffuse Alopecia (click link to learn more) – While the patterns of baldness for men and women differ, they are both a result scalp inflammation, oxidative stress and vitamins metabolism deficiencies. In men a defined pattern of hair loss is most common. In women diffuse hair loss is more common and usually doesn’t develop into a defined pattern. The onset of hair thinning varies among hair loss patients and there is a number of contributing factors that lead to epigenetic changes altering genes expression responsible for the health of hair follicles.
  • Metabolic disorders are known to increase risks of androgenic alopecia in both males and females.
  • Poor, low calorie and various unhealthy diets can lead to metabolic problems and excess androgen production and hair follicles damage.
  • Illness or Health Condition – Stress, diabetes, low thyroid activity, nutritional deficiency, cancer, or even the flu and COVID-19 can cause temporary hair loss. In many cases, if the health condition is addressed or managed, the hair will regrow.
  • Trauma – Scar tissue caused by physical injury, burns, or cosmetic surgery can interfere with hair growth, damaging the hair follicles and potentially causing permanent hair loss.
  • Alopecia Areata – An autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own hair follicles, resulting in sudden hair loss on the scalp, face, and body. It can be triggered by genetics, stress, or other immune system deficiencies.
  • Traction Alopecia – Trauma to the hair follicles by wearing tight hairstyles, such as ponytails, braids, or dreadlock extensions can cause the hair to stop growing. Traction alopecia is very common in African American community due to hairstyle choices and can progress very quickly.
  • Telogen effluvium — a condition in which hair falls out after a surgery, stressful experience or illness including the novel COVID-19.
  • Multifactorial hair loss — a combination of of any of the above causes, such as traction alopecia and androgenic alopecia.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a proactive therapeutic treatment option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss and thinning.

Male and Female patients experiencing hair loss and thinning hair.

Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use. Medical diagnosis such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders. Patients that have a very shiny scalp and no hair is present are not candidates as well.

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is your very own blood that is drawn in office and spun down to separate out the platelets and plasma. Within this serum, is your very own growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing – helping to stop hair loss and promote new growth. The growth factors that are most beneficial in regards to PRP Hair Loss Treatment include:

  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)—promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation.
  • Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b)—promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolis.
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)—promotes blood vessel formation.
  • Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)—promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation.
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)—promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation.
  • Insulin Like Growth Factor – (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body.

The platelets and growth factors in PRP can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to slow/stop hair loss and promote new follicles into an active growth phase.

  • Increase your intake of fluid (water preferably). Aim for 10-12 glasses per day. If you exercise, you are likely to require high levels of hydration. 10-12 glasses of water are recommended, substitutions like coffee, milk, juice, soft drinks, sports drinks and alcohol do not count towards the 10-12 glasses daily.
  • Where possible, try to eat nutrient rich meals. Attempt to consume plenty of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean proteins (meat, chicken + fish) and complex carbohydrates (For example: whole grains are preferred to white bread and sweet potatoes over white, starchy potatoes, etc.).
  • We recommend ensuring your diet has adequate levels of vitamins B, C & D. If you do not, you can consider consuming a vitamin B Complex (slow release preferred) and vitamin C tablets.
  • When shampooing your hair, please massage your scalp firmly to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Topical aerosol foam or liquid solution Minoxidil has also been shown to be very effective in conjunction with PRP hair loss injections in increase overall new hair growth potential. You may use a 5% formula for male patients and 2% formula for female patients. This is to be used 2x/day and may be started as early as 1 month prior to your injections.
  • It is fine to color your hair up to 3 days before the procedure.
  • Avoid alcohol for three days before your PRP session.
  • If possible, stop smoking or limit smoking for three days prior to your procedure. The more the better as we find it really impacts on the healing process!
  • Avoid Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days before your procedure (if possible, please avoid for 7 days). We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRP works! You may take Tylenol for any pains, discomforts or joint pains you may have.

  • Our trained nurses harvest your very own PRP through a simple blood draw through a vein in your arm.
  • The blood is spun down in a centrifuge for 5 to 10 minutes using one or more PRP kits, where we are then able to separate out just the platelets and plasma – the PRP aka “liquid gold.”
  • PRP is then manually concentrated to the desired platelet count level.
  • The PRP is then injected into areas of the scalp showing signs of hair loss or thinning.
  • Pro-Nox and topical pain reduction is used as well to help provide comfort.
  • The actual injection takes only 5-10 minutes depending on the area being treated.
  • Immediately afterwards you may go right back to your daily routine.

  • Continue following the recommendations mentioned in the previous section.
  • Consume 500mls of fluid within 1 hour prior to your treatment.
  • Do not use blood-thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Gingko biloba, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, or Essential Fatty Acids at least one week after your treatment.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine for the next three days.
  • Avoid smoking for three days (if possible) – we find it makes a big difference to healing. (Preferably no smoking period – it’s simply not healthy!)
  • Congratulations on completing your PRP Procedure!
  • It is not necessary to make many changes in your plans today – do whatever you wish with the exception of avoiding aspirin, Advil, caffeine and alcohol. It is quite normal to experience some mild soreness and rarely swelling, not all individuals experience this, but it can occur. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • For general post-treatment discomfort, you may take Extra Strength Tylenol, however please AVOID aspirin products like Ibuprofen.
  • Avoid Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days after your procedure (if possible, try for 7 days). We want inflammation to occur!

TIPS & TRICKS:

Please wash your hair within 24 hours of your treatment.
It is fine to color your hair three days after the procedure.
Wearing a hat today is fine if you wish to. In fact, please limit sun on the area for 2 days.

WARNING:

AVOID caffeine within 24 hours of your treatment. Remember caffeine is present in many of the things you consume including; coffee, tea, energy drinks & gym supplements.
Avoid strenuous exercise – any sweating – 4 hours prior to your treatment.

WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR TREATMENT:

PRP works through responding to your own body’s growth factors, so being healthy as possible is key. Immediately afterwards you may go right back to your daily routine with the exception of avoiding aspirin, Advil, caffeine and alcohol.

Most patients can expect to receive a total of 4 tp 6 treatments in the first year.

Results may vary from patient to patient as the success of this treatment depends solely on your body responding well to your own PRP (platelet rich plasma).

PRP has been used as a medial adjunct therapy for over three decades for skin and wound healing. PRP therapy has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last twenty years with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, clinical evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth and rejuvenation.

Conclusion

Before receiving PRP treatment for hair loss, it is important to conduct careful research and to consult with an experienced PRP hair restoration practitioner regarding your choice. Overall, this procedure is a very safe and natural option for many individuals. The main benefit of PRP therapy is that it’s not a surgery and, therefore, doesn’t involve the risks of hair transplants and associated costs.

If you prefer a non-invasive treatment for your hair loss, then PRP Therapy for Hair Loss with Hair Vista is an excellent option. Call us at (561) 220-0463 to request your evaluation for PRP.

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