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Hair Restoration In Oakland & The San Francisco Bay Area

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 in 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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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