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Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration in Oakland, California

You're losing your hair. Maybe not everyone noticed it yet, but you are well aware. This is the time to act... before the hair loss becomes obvious. A natural, safe way to stimulate hair growth is hair restoration via platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

Perhaps you're familiar with PRP. It's commonly used to speed healing in sports and other injuries. When injected into the scalp, PRP stimulates hair follicles, encouraging hair growth. Stop feeling self-conscious about balding. PRP is among the least invasive and safest hair restoration methods available today.

Learn more about hair restoration and PRP at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery serving Oakland, California

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Blood consists of three primary components. These are white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. The latter cells are responsible for responding to bodily wounds. Platelets evolved to stop bleeding.

Doctors have used PRP for years to encourage the healing of soft tissue injuries. Now, there is increasing evidence that PRP can boost hair growth. PRP contains growth factors that increase blood flow to the hair follicles. The growth factors keep hair in its growing phase for a longer period.

How do I know if PRP is right for me?

Speak with your doctor about whether PRP is the right hair restoration treatment for your hair loss issues. Hair loss occurs for many reasons, and PRP is not the best choice for all types of balding.

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Benefits of PRP Hair Restoration

Benefits from PRP hair restoration are many, but here are just a few:

  • Low Risk: PRP hair restoration is a low-risk, straightforward procedure for stimulating hair growth. It involves no surgery or chemicals. There are virtually no side effects with this natural procedure. There’s no need to take time off from work for recovery.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: It slows the progression of male and female pattern baldness. With PRP, dying hair follicles again become functional.
  • Natural-looking Results: Perhaps the greatest benefit of PRP hair restoration is that your hair appears natural and normal. Nothing about the hair growth looks like you had work done. The hair grows from its own follicles.

Am I a Good Candidate for PRP?

The best candidates for PRP are those with mild to moderate hair loss.

Because PRP treatments are derived from the patient's blood, most people are good PRP candidates. However, some should not undergo PRP therapy. That includes pregnant women, patients with certain bleeding disorders, or those with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Patients with cardiovascular or chronic liver diseases are not PRP candidates. Tell your doctor about any health issues as well as any medications or supplements you are currently taking. Patients taking blood-thinning drugs are not suitable for PRP. Aesthetic issues PRP hair restoration can address include:

  • Reduced hair shedding
  • Increased hair length
  • Hair appears natural

Causes of Hair Lossand Why PRP Helps

Although genetic factors play a huge role in hair loss, they are not the only source of shedding. For men, bald fathers and other close male relatives are a good indicator that they will eventually fall prey to male pattern baldness.

However, many people have the dubious distinction of losing hair even though it does not run in their families.The aging process weakens hair follicles along with so much else. Stress can cause hair loss, as can poor diet and nutrition. PRP may or may not prove beneficial with these hair loss causes. However, it is an effective therapy for hair loss due to genetics or aging.

Most people have heard of male pattern baldness, but women are affected by hair loss more often than you would think. While approximately 50 million American men experience male pattern baldness (formally known as androgenic alopecia) past the age of 50, the same holds true for about 30 million women. Female hair loss differs from that of males because it involves thinning rather than total balding. PRP is a suitable therapy for men and women battling hair loss.

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PRP Hair Restoration Procedure

Blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge. As the blood spins down in the centrifuge, its different components are separated and the PRP harvested. This is the longest part of the procedure, lasting about 45 minutes. Our Oakland hair restoration patients can relax while the PRP is prepared.

The PRP is placed in a syringe, and the doctor injects it into the appropriate areas on the scalp. PRP requires several treatment sessions. These sessions are based on the hair’s growth cycle. Generally, the series of sessions are scheduled one month apart.

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Hair Restoration Recovery

Expect some mild side effects after PRP treatment. These may include:

  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Tender scalp

The patient may experience some mild, temporary pain at the injection site. Avoid rigorous exercise for two days after PRP therapy.

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Hair Restoration Results

It can take up to six months to see the results from hair restoration using PRP, in improved hair thickness and health. If lifestyle factors rather than genetics contribute to hair loss, changing those habits can result in long-term results. At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery we strive to provide the best hair restoration Oakland has to offer, but keep in mind that PRP is not a hair loss cure. Patients will need regular injections to maintain results. The schedule varies according to the individual but is usually every three to six months.

Why Choose Tri Valley for Hair Restoration?

Tri Valley Plastic Surgery is a leading provider of cosmetic and hair restoration services in the San Francisco Bay area. Our surgeons are board-certified and experts in the field of hair restoration and pull from a wealth of experience and training to deliver the results you want.

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Schedule your PRP Hair Restoration Consultation with Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Today

If you would like to know more about hair restoration using PRP and whether you are a candidate, schedule a consultation with a team member at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Oakland.

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PRP Hair Restoration FAQs

Patients may experience mild discomfort at the injection sites. The doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to minimize pain. Patients may request a mild sedative.

Because the patient's own blood is used, risks of negative reactions are minimal.

PRP hair restoration does grow hair in most patients. However, those with more recent hair loss may have better results. For some patients, PRP can reverse about five years of hair loss. For example, if you start losing hair at 35, treatment may restore your hair to where it was at 30.

Keep in mind that PRP is a hair loss treatment, not a cure. Patients must undergo injections regularly to keep hair follicles functioning as well as possible.

PRP hair restoration has a good track record. More than 70 percent of patients report hair growth after completing treatments.

While some people may want to undergo hair restoration at the first sign of hair loss, that’s not the best idea. Hair loss is progressive. Undergoing treatment too soon may mean odd patterns could result. For younger people, over-the-counter products such as minoxidil may keep hair loss at bay a while longer.

Most people should wait until they are in their 30s before undergoing hair restoration.

Hair restoration costs depend on the size of the treatment area and the number of sessions required.

Because PRP for hair restoration is a cosmetic procedure, insurance will not cover it.

Patients may experience some minor soreness after PRP. The scalp may feel tender, and swelling may result.

Most patients are satisfied with the results of their PRP hair restoration treatment. They like the natural results. PRP works best for mild to moderate hair loss, not for long-term, complete baldness.

PRP hair restoration is a non-invasive treatment. FUT is a more complicated hair extraction and grafting procedure.

PRP hair restoration results can last a considerable time if patients keep up with the necessary maintenance. That usually involves undergoing injections every three to six months.

There is no downtime with PRP hair restoration. Just don’t overdo your exercise regimen for a couple of days afterward. Do not drive yourself home if opting for a mild sedative before the injections.

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Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin provides expert plastic surgery with great results and minimal downtime. We are leaders in breast enhancement, body sculpting, and facial cosmetic surgery, serving the entire San Francisco Bay area. Whether you live in the Bay Area or are coming in from out of town, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have on your path to your new self. Schedule a consultation with us today to take the first step towards realizing the look you’ve always wanted for yourself.

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