The condition of your hair impacts how you feel about yourself. A thick, healthy, head of hair is attractive and appealing, while thinning hair can make you look older and less vital. It can be depressing to experience thinning hair, a receding hairline, or see the beginning signs of baldness. It is now possible to use a regenerative treatment to restore a thicker, healthier head of hair with a PRP hair restoration in Scottsdale, performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Remus Repta.
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 such as diet, stress, and medical conditions can also trigger extensive hair loss. Thankfully there is a treatment available to stimulate new hair growth and help 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, the man or woman must be in good general health, as it is a surgical procedure. PRP 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.
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.
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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.
Scottsdale Hair Restoration
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.