There are many ways in which to deal with hair loss. The worst? Ignoring it and hoping that it will get better on its’ own. It won’t. Fortunately, today there are a lot of options for hair restoration including medication, PRP, and a hair transplant. Let us consider PRP.
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma and is concentrated plasma created from your own blood, and which contains up to five times as many platelets as there are to be found in normal blood circulating in the body. It also contains other proteins that help with the healing of wounds and hair growth.
If you have thinning hair in the Bay Area you would do well to visit Silicon Valley Hair Institute which is based in Foster City, with a branch in Palo Alto. Here you will find Dr. Miguel Canales who is a world-class expert when it comes to hair loss. Among other things, without going into too much detail, Dr. Canales was for ten years Medical Director of Restoration Robotics and led the team which invented the ARTAS robot for hair transplants and which is now in use worldwide.
A Fairly Recent Development
PRP treatment for hair restoration is a fairly recent development, and Dr. Canales is one of the first to use it, recent studies have shown that it may be a safe and effective way to treat male and female pattern baldness. Patients have been coming to see him from all over the Bay Area from cities such as San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, Mountain View, and more.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is created by taking a sample of your own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. This separates the solids from the liquids and then platelet activators such as calcium chloride and thrombin are added to it. The separated solid part of the blood is PRP, and in PRP treatment for hair restoration, this is then injected into the scalp in balding areas.
Several treatments are required when using PRP, and some improvement in hair growth can be expected anywhere between two and six months. The treatment only takes about an hour and Dr. Canales will administer the next two sessions at four-week intervals after the first session.
It has to be said that PRP treatment for hair restoration is not suitable for all patients and is best suited to those with thinning, but not completely bald, areas. However, Dr. Canales is happy to provide all patients with a completely free consult when he can assess the condition of your hair and advise whether PRP would be suitable. Just click on the Free Consult link at the top of the page to book an appointment.