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What causes hair loss?

For some, hair loss starts very early, adding years to your appearance. It’s annoying and embarrassing, but a fact of life. Balding or thinning hair affects nearly all adults at some point, but what causes it?

Genetic Hair Loss

Genetics is the most common reason for thinning or balding. Hair loss patterns are passed down through the generations, with about two out of every three men with some level of balding by age 60. The hair producing follicles on the scalp stop functioning as nature intended, either producing baby-fine hair, or the hair follicles, while still present on the scalp, simply stop producing hair. Female pattern hair loss affects about 55 percent of women, with a reduction in hair density over the crown and front of the scalp. Increased shedding can occur, with regrowth of baby-fine hair rather than thick, healthy strands.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors such as diet, stress, and medical conditions can also trigger extensive hair loss. Thankfully there is a hair loss treatment available to our Scottsdale patients. This treatment stimulates new hair growth and helps you restore a fuller, thicker head of hair by triggering the body’s natural regenerative process.

Best Candidates for Hair Restoration

Even men and women in their 20s can be candidates for this advanced regenerative treatment. For more invasive hair restoration treatments such as implants or hair transplants, the man or woman must be in good general health, as it is a surgical procedure. PRP hair restoration treatments are a different approach.

Hair Restoration for Men

Men frequently suffer from what is termed “male pattern baldness,” inherited from either parent, which determines where hair loss will occur. The most common areas for hair loss in men are near both temples or on the back or at the crown of the head. The hair loss pattern often results in unflattering sections hair growth only on the back and sides of the head, or thinner, patchy hair on top.

The thickness of facial hair in men is also determined by genetics. If your mustache or beard is thin or patchy, you may be unable to grow an attractive beard. Men who have patchy facial hair can also undergo our Phoenix hair restoration treatments to grow a fuller, thicker beard, goatee, or mustache. The treatment for uneven or patchy facial hair often involves implanting hair follicles into the thinner areas, but PRP treatments have also proven to be effective in stimulating natural hair growth.

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Hair Restoration for Women

Women typically lose hair more evenly, rather than concentrated in one area, with thinning on the top and back of the scalp. A once thick, full head of hair can begin to thin, with the remaining strands becoming finer and less healthy in appearance.

Full eyebrows are an attractive feature, but many women have thin, sparse brows due to waxing, plucking, or as the result of aging. Modern hair restoration techniques make it possible to restore thicker eyebrows through various hair restoration treatments, including transplanting hair follicles into the area.

Methods of Hair Restoration

There are both surgical and non-surgical methods of hair restoration available. Dr. Repta focuses his work on non-surgical hair restoration treatments. PRP for hair loss is his preferred hair restoration procedure, as PRP treatments are non-invasive, natural, and work to stimulate natural hair growth by reactivating your existing hair follicles so they once again start to produce healthy, thicker strands of hair.

What is PRP?

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is created from a small quantity of your own blood. The natural growth factors are then separated, creating a concentration of cell-generating serum. The PRP is then injected into the scalp to stimulate your existing follicles to produce new hair. Follicles that were once inactive are jump-started into an active growth phase. This treatment is highly effective and does not involve a long recovery or downtime.

FUT and FUE Hair Transplants

There are also surgical hair transplant options. One is called FUT, or follicular unit transplantation, and involves harvesting a strip of hair follicles from a healthy donor site. The strip is then put under a microscope to isolate hair follicles, which are transplanted in the thinning area.

FUE, or follicular unit extraction, uses a tiny device to “micro-punch” hair follicles one at a time without cutting a strip of the scalp. This type of our Phoenix hair transplant involves a shorter recovery time as no incisions are needed.

Dr. Repta strongly believes in the natural healing power of PRP and the countless benefits for patients, so let us help you determine if PRP hair restoration is the right method for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of PRP hair restoration, we can help.

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Dr. Repta is well-respected for his contributions to the field of plastic surgery. He is a published author, international speaker, and award-winning surgeon. Our Phoenix-area practice provides exceptional service and treatment to each patient. If you experience thinning hair or bald spots, let us help you boost your self-confidence with a non-surgical procedure resulting in thicker, fuller hair.

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Expected Results After Hair Restoration

Both surgical and non-surgical methods of hair restoration will require some time for the growth cycle to become visible. 

As your natural hair follicles are below the scalp surface, it typically will require a few weeks for the new growth to reach the surface of your scalp. As the weeks pass you will soon see and feel new hair growth, and new hair will continue to grow in over the following months. Dr. Repta’s precise techniques creates flattering, natural results as dormant your hair follicles are triggered to produce new hair.


Am I a good candidate for hair restoration?

Almost any man or woman who is experiencing hair loss could be a good candidate for hair restoration. Good candidates are living with mild to moderate thinning or patchy hair on their scalp or their facial hair (beard, mustache, or eyebrows). Dr. Repta’s non-surgical method uses your body’s own growth factors, eliminating the risk of infection and making it one of the most innovative and effective hair restoration treatments available today.

Am I a candidate for hair restoration?

Young men and women who are experiencing hair loss may not be advised to undergo one of the standard hair transplant procedures. For these more invasive treatments, it is often advised that you wait until your hair thinning has stabilized a surgical hair restoration. PRP hair restoration stimulates dormant hair follicles to once again produce hair, and is one of the most exciting advances in hair restoration technology, appropriate for most patients, other than a few rare medical conditions, all of which will be checked for prior to treatment.

What hair restoration methods are available?

There are three different forms of hair restoration:

  • Medications like minoxidil can slow the progress of hair loss by applying a foam or cream to the thinning or balding areas. There are also prescription medications like Propecia (taken orally) that work to help you retain hair. These medications may be prescribed for patients who are experiencing a mild degree of hair loss, or can be used as a preventative measure to the slow progression of thinning and balding.
  • PRP hair restoration is the method performed by Dr. Repta. It involves taking a sample of your blood and isolating the blood’s growth factors, which are then injected into the targeted zones on your scalp or face. The concentrated growth factors naturally present in your blood stimulate inactive hair follicles to start the growth phase once again.
  • Hair transplants involve taking individual hair follicles from a donor site and placing them in the thinning or patchy areas of your skin. This can be repeated tens or hundreds of times in one treatment session depending on the size of the area and density of hair. These procedures are more invasive and may require harvesting a strip of healthy scalp from the back of the head, and limit the type of haircut you can have in the future.

What is PRP?

PRP is “platelet-rich plasma.” It is a concentrated serum created by separating a sample of your blood in a centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors, which work to stimulate natural regeneration and healing. PRP is now employed in a variety of cosmetic and medical procedures, and can produce dramatic improvements in hair growth by triggering dormant hair follicles grow new hair.

What are the advantages of non-surgical hair restoration?

You will not need incisions or sutures in this non-surgical hair restoration procedure, which drastically reduces recovery time. You can resume work or other activities right away, making the procedure easy to fit into your schedule. The procedure uses your own cells for treatment, making it an all-natural way to stimulate hair growth. It is safe, and eliminates the risk of rejection or other complications as the PRP is a perfect match – your own cells.

Is hair restoration painful?

PRP hair restoration is not painful. For some patients, a topical anesthetic can be used for your comfort during the injections, but most patients find the procedure tolerable even without anesthetic. We work with each patient to ensure safety and comfort throughout the procedure.

How long will I need to recover after hair restoration?

You will need very little time to recover. You may opt to take the rest of the day to relax and let any initial redness subside, but you can quickly resume work and other activities with no visible signs that you had a cosmetic procedure.

Will my results look natural?

As it is your own hair follicles, the results look completely natural. Whether you have hair restoration on your scalp or your facial hair, Dr. Repta can help you achieve natural-looking results.

Will I need multiple treatments?

Patients who have PRP hair restoration treatments may need to have annual treatments to maintain healthy hair. We can advise you about your individual case, and what to expect regarding the needed frequency of PRP hair restoration treatments.

How can Dr. Repta help me?

Dr. Repta has been practicing in Scottsdale for many years, performing thousands of cosmetic procedures. He offers revolutionary PRP hair restoration treatments as an alternative to surgery. Whether you experience thinning hair on the scalp or a facial area, Dr. Repta can help you restore thicker, healthier hair with this regenerative treatment.

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As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with a degree in biology and psychology, Dr. Repta is among the best plastic surgeons in Scottsdale, delivering transformative results to patients from around the country.

If you are considering facial plastic surgery and want beautiful, natural looking results, Dr. Repta is your doctor of choice. Additionally, his warm and caring staff make the entire experience safe and comfortable for each and every patient.

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