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PRP Hair Restoration

Hair loss can be more than a physical change. For men and women alike, thinning or receding hair can sometimes give one the feeling of fading youth and attractiveness, a loss of perceived masculinity or femininity, and difficulty remaining relevant in a hyper-competitive professional field. It’s understandable that hair loss can be a distressing challenge to face.

At The Maas ClinicTM, we offer a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical hair restoration treatments that give patients in San Francisco and beyond fuller, healthier heads of hair. PRP therapy is a cutting-edge outpatient procedure that can reverse the cosmetic impact of hair loss and dramatically improve your confidence. To learn more about PRP for hair growth, we invite you to visit The Maas ClinicTM for a consultation with Dr. Maas.

What Is PRP Hair Restoration?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, a fundamental building block of the blood that plays a role in numerous functions throughout the body. One of its many purposes is tissue regeneration. PRP contains high concentrations of platelets and their associated growth factors, proteins and cytokines, which have remarkable healing capabilities. When used for hair restoration, PRP is injected into thinning or receding areas to stimulate the follicles to produce thicker, healthier hair and trigger new hair growth. PRP therapy is essentially a natural solution for hair loss that harnesses the regenerative capabilities of your own body to improve hair growth.

Who Should Consider PRP Hair Restoration?

PRP therapy can be an effective option for both men and women who are experiencing signs of hair loss. In the early stages, hair follicles are still active and can benefit more from the regenerative growth factors found in PRP. For individuals in later stages of hair loss, it may be more beneficial to combine PRP injections with other hair restoration treatments. The ideal candidate for PRP hair restoration is in good overall health with no underlying skin conditions and has reasonable expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Because PRP is derived from a patient’s own blood, there is no risk of allergy or rejection, and treatment is safe for all skin types.

The PRP Hair Restoration Procedure

PRP injections for hair loss are administered in-office and require no significant preparation before your appointment. The procedure involves three steps. First, a small amount of blood is drawn. Then, the blood is processed in a centrifuge that separates the red and white blood cells from the plasma. Finally, when the platelet-rich plasma has been isolated, it is injected into the area impacted by hair loss. The treatment itself is the quickest part of the process and typically with the use of compressed cold air is well tolerated. Most patients report feeling little to no discomfort.

What to Expect After PRP Hair Restoration?

One of the primary advantages of PRP hair restoration is that there is no downtime. It is common for patients to experience redness, swelling or tightness of the scalp, but these reactions usually resolve on their own within a day or two. Normal hair washing can be resumed right away. Recovery after this nonsurgical treatment is significantly shorter and more comfortable than recovery after hair surgery.

PRP Hair Restoration Results

PRP can achieve a noticeable increase in new hair growth as well as an increase in the size (diameter) of the hair. The results of this therapy are not immediate or permanent. Patients must complete an initial series of treatments and return for maintenance treatments as directed by Dr. Maas. Dr. Maas typically recommends starting with four treatments over four consecutive months, followed by quarterly treatments for the first year and quarterly treatments, at a minimum, for each year going forward. A consistent treatment schedule that reflects your hair’s natural growth cycles will yield the most favorable outcome.

Combining Hair Restoration Treatments for Enhanced Results

Some patients achieve satisfying results using only plasma injections for hair loss. However, many patients benefit from a combination of hair restoration therapies that work synergistically to maximize results. Dr. Maas often recommends PRP injections in combination with medications and/or hair transplant surgery. Patients of The Maas ClinicTM and The Appearance Care have the following options:

Topical Medications

Topical medications are applied directly to the area where hair is thinning. Dr. Maas prescribes minoxidil (Restore) sold at The Maas ClinicTM to treat androgenetic alopecia or male and female pattern baldness. Minoxidil works by stimulating the follicles and extending the growth phase of the hair cycle.

Oral Medications

For men, finasteride (sold under the brand name Propecia) can limit hair loss by blocking the androgen DHT. Dr. Maas typically prescribes his own proprietary formula of finasteride, Hair Restore™, in place of Propecia. For women, Dr. Maas may recommend a diuretic medication called spironolactone that also works by reducing androgens.

Hair Surgery

Today’s advanced hair transplantation techniques are safer, less invasive and don’t result in an unsightly “pluggy” look. Dr. Maas can perform hair transplant surgery by removing and transferring healthy follicles individually (FUE or follicular unit extraction) or in a group (FUT or follicular unit transplantation). Both techniques can deliver permanent, natural-looking results with minimal scarring.

The right combination of hair restoration treatments can dramatically enhance the benefits of each individual treatment. Because a multifaceted approach is so often recommended, it’s essential to choose a practice like The Maas ClinicTM that offers a full complement of hair restoration procedures. Dr. Maas will determine whether PRP alone is sufficient for you or if you might benefit from including other therapies in your treatment plan.

Why Choose Corey S. Maas MDTM for Your Hair Restoration Procedure

Hair restoration is both a science and an art. For the best possible outcome, you must choose a doctor who has a thorough understanding of hair loss and extensive experience performing these procedures, as well as a keen eye for aesthetics and a commitment to personalizing each patient’s treatment. A board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Maas will customize your hair restoration to suit your specific needs and design a comprehensive treatment plan that combines approaches to maximize your results. This attention to detail is what achieves seamless, natural-looking hair growth that your barber or stylist might never know has been enhanced.

Visit The Maas ClinicTM to Learn More About PRP Hair Restoration in San Francisco

You may be losing hair, but you don’t have to lose your confidence or your youthful appearance. At The Maas ClinicTM in San Francisco, we offer a range of state-of-the-art procedures that can restore fullness to a receding hairline, a balding crown or a thinning scalp. Corey S. Maas MDTM is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and one of the most highly regarded hair restoration specialists in San Francisco. To find out if PRP hair restoration could help you achieve the full head of hair you’re looking for, call The Maas ClinicTM today at (415) 567-7000 or fill out our online contact form.

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