If you are suffering from thinning hair in San Francisco, it may be some small consolation to learn that you are not alone. While hair loss and balding is often thought of as a male problem, in fact, in the US, around 40% of people suffering hair loss are women. Female hair loss can be caused by a number of issues, but unfortunately has a tendency to lead to a loss of self-confidence. This affects some women to a greater degree than others but is always to some extent depressing.
We all lose hair every day, and the average healthy woman loses 140 hairs each day. Each hair follicle has a cycle of growth and at a certain point it ejects the hair and goes into a resting phase. Then later on it will grow a new hair.
The most common form of hair loss in women is androgenic alopecia which is also called female pattern hair loss and is hereditary. In men it tends to produce a receding hairline and bald spots, but in women it usually appears as thinning on the sides and top of the head, with the actual hairline remaining the same and the hair loss beginning a couple of centimetres behind it. This often coincides with the onset of the menopause.
There are, of course, other causes such as hormonal changes in pregnancy, certain medical conditions, some medications – the best known of which is chemotherapy, certain infections, trauma, weight gain, and emotional stress.
PRP For Hair Loss (Not Just Men But Women)
One of the latest answers for dealing with thinning hair in women is PRP for hair loss in San Francisco. If you have not heard of this before it is because it is a new treatment but is certainly gaining some ground. At Silicon Valley Hair Institute in Foster City, we are using PRP for hair loss in San Francisco with good effect.
PRP stand for Platelet-Rich Plasma and the process involves taking a sample of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. This has the effect of separating the solid and liquid parts of the blood. The solid part which is PRP has between three and five times the number of platelets as the blood circulating in the body.
This PRP has platelet activators added to it and the resultant product is placed into a syringe and injected into the areas of thinning hair. This seems to have the effect of stimulating the hair follicles and promoting new hair growth.
If you think PRP for hair loss in San Francisco might be for you, our Dr. Miguel Canales is a specialist and is happy to offer you a free consultation when he can assess the condition of your hair and advise you if it is a suitable treatment for you.