People who live in the Bay Area are always excited at whatever is the “latest and greatest” and keen to be among the first to experiment with new ideas and procedures. Indeed, very often people in the Bay Area are the inventors of a new procedure or process: look at all the innovation in Silicon Valley.
However, it is not just computers and the internet which have new ideas and processes. There are things that may, to some extent, seem more mundane such as losing your hair. Many people suffer from hair loss as they grow older, and you don’t have to be old either, as it can happen in your 30’s with some people. While some people simply accept hair loss for what it is, for others it can be a cause of serious distress. Bay Area residents are also known for a desire to dress well and look sharp, and hair loss is something that they feel has a detrimental effect on that.
One answer for many years now has been a hair transplant, and these began in the late 1950’s when New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich experimented with free donor grafts to balding areas in patients with male pattern baldness. Hair transplants have come on in leaps and bounds since those days, and today you can actually have a hair transplant carried out by a robot!
There Are Alternatives to Surgical Hair Transplantation
However, there are other alternatives, and one of the latest for hair loss is PRP in the Bay Area.
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, and it involves the use of a sample of the patient’s own blood. Platelets are what begin the process of blood coagulation when you suffer from a wound. PRP has been used for a number of years for the treatment of osteoarthritis, the healing of tendon injuries, and also in some jaw reconstruction work, but it has now been found that PRP in the Bay Area can have a stimulating effect on the growth of hair follicles.
PRP is produced by taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge which has the effect of separating out the solid parts of the blood from the liquid. The solid parts contain between three and five times the number of platelets in the normal blood circulating in the body, and the way that we use PRP in the Bay Area at Silicon Valley Hair Institute is by injecting this into the areas of thinning hair on the scalp. This has the effect of promoting the growth of thin, miniaturized hairs into thicker terminal hairs, thus restoring thinning areas to their full natural beauty.