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Can Stem Cells Cure Hair Loss?

By | Hair Restoration

Hair loss–while often a natural part of aging for some people–can cause a lot of insecurity and distress. For men and women who experience genetic hair loss, they often want to know if it can be stopped. There are many treatments for hair loss that can slow the loss and sometimes even restore hair. However, many of these are not permanent solutions. With many new options, patients wonder, “Can stem cells cure hair loss?”

Before answering this question, it is important to look at the different causes of hair loss and the available treatments. The most common cause of hair loss in the average person is genetic. Some people are predisposed to hair loss as they get older. While especially common in men, it can also occur in women. Some mild hair loss or thinning is normal during the aging process, but genetic hair loss happens quicker, in larger areas, and can lead to total baldness.

Genetic hair loss cannot be cured or reversed. Other forms of hair loss such as those related to medications, autoimmune diseases, and injuries can often be restored completely depending upon the situation. However, when baldness has an outside cause like this, even restoration treatments are unlikely to help.

So, the quickest answer is, no, stem cells do not cure hair loss. They do significantly slow it though and often contribute to having thicker hair longer. It may even fill in areas of thinning. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online using chat or contact form.

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What Is The Maximum Age For PRP Hair Restoration?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma hair restoration is a non-surgical hair restoration method that needs to begin before hair loss reaches a critical point. Typically, the best time to start PRP hair restoration is when hair is beginning to thin. Therefore, some providers may discuss age limits on the procedure, or not want to treat patients above a certain age. What is the maximum age for PRP hair restoration? 

In technicality, there is no “maximum” age that one reaches where they are no longer a candidate for PRP hair restoration in Seattle. However, it is especially unlikely and uncommon for patients above 35 to undergo the treatment. While not impossible, most patients have passed the threshold of hair loss by that age where PRP hair restoration would simply not provide the ideal results.

The providers at PRP In Seattle have treated patients as young as their early twenties to their forties and beyond. A good rule to follow is if you have large areas of no hair (more than just patches of thinning) or are completely (or almost) bald, PRP hair restoration is likely not the right treatment for you. 

Ultimate, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP hair restoration is to schedule a consultation at PRP In Seattle. Call us at 206-279-2112 or reach out online using our chat or contact form.

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What Is The Success Rate Of PRP Injections?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections have been used for decades in sports medicine, particularly to treat soft tissue injuries and pain. PRP injections have shown great success in slowing the rate of hair thinning and non-surgically restoring hair. Before undergoing PRP hair restoration, patients often want to know, “What is the success rate of PRP injections?”

Overall, the success rate of PRP injections depends on the patient, how extensive their hair loss, and biological factors. Usually, after two to three treatments, patients begin to see the rate of hair thinning slow and some hair regrowth. After the initial round of four to six treatments, PRP hair restoration requires at least one yearly touch-up treatment to maintain results. 

While there is no consensus on the exact success rate of PRP injections for hair restoration, it sits between 70-90% for the average patient. It tends to work better in younger patients beginning to experience the effects of genetic hair loss and thinning. However, your provider will discuss this with you. 

Factors that may reduce the effectiveness of PRP are if you smoke, if your hair loss is too far along, if you’re completely bald, or if the hair loss is due to another medical condition or medication. Success rates of other PRP injections are similar and tend to be in the 80 percentile.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out to us online via our contact form or chat.

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Does PRP For Hair Really Work?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

When considering hair restoration options, patients want to try the ones they can feel confident will provide results. Since reasons for hair loss differ and every individual person responds differently to every treatment, it can be difficult to find the right hair restoration technique for you. When patients come to us with concerns about hair restoration, a frequent question we hear is, “Does PRP for hair really work?”

PRP hair restoration is a great method for restoring thinning hair and reversing the early stages of genetic hair loss. It can slow the hair loss process. Therefore, PRP for hair usually does work well in these situations. Occasion touch up treatments every year or so can continue to hinder hair loss as you grow older. 

For patients who have seen more rapid hair loss or who are at the more advanced stages of hair loss, PRP hair restoration may not be the most effective option. Sometimes, in cases where hair was lost due to medications or disease, PRP may help hair growth once resolved. Though, the hair usually will return regardless. Otherwise, for older patients or those with more extensive loss, your provider may recommend hair transplant surgery or other similar procedure.

PRP hair restoration can work well with other hair restoration treatments such as minoxidil. Your provider can discuss these options with you. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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Is Platelet Rich Plasma The Same As Stem Cells?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

When it comes to non-surgical hair restoration, there many different options. Patients may often hear terms like “PRP”, “stem cells”, and “ACell” when it comes to some of these options. It can be confusing to tell the difference between what these regenerative technologies work and what they are. A common question we hear related to this is, “Is platelet rich plasma the same as stem cells?”

Platelet rich plasma and stem cells are different. First, let’s understand what platelet rich plasma is and how it works. Platelet rich plasma is a component of your blood–specifically plasma–that is especially rich in platelets which are small cell clusters that promote blood clotting. When used in hair restoration, platelet rich plasma instigates your body’s healing response to repair hair follicles and hair regrowth.

Stem cells are the rawest form of your body’s cells. This means that they have the potential to develop into a variety of different types of cells. When used for hair restoration, stem cells can work as a repair system and become cells that rejuvenate the scalp and build a healthy environment for new hair. 

At PRP In Seattle, we sometimes combine PRP and stem cells together during hair restoration treatments for improved results and to give you the best chance of seeing optimal results. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat or contact form.

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Is PRP Better Than Hair Transplant?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Two of the arguably most effective hair restoration methods are PRP hair restoration and hair transplant surgery. Generally, the effectiveness of each of these treatments depends on the degree of hair loss and age. For patients who have tried many hair restoration techniques, or those who want to avoid surgery, they often ask, “Is PRP better than hair transplant?”

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. First off, PRP hair restoration is not effective if a patient is in the more advanced stages of hair loss. Usually, PRP hair restoration is best for younger patients who are beginning to experience the initial hair thinning and loss that comes with genetic hair loss. For these patients, PRP is often a better fit than hair transplant surgery. 

However, for patients who have lost large amounts of hair, or who have little hair left, hair transplant surgery may better serve their needs. This is usually true for older patients with more significant loss or thinning. Hair transplants will typically provide the best results to these patients. 

While both treatments cannot treat completely bald patients, the best hair restoration technique for you depends on the extent and specifics of your hair loss. Our hair restoration experts can determine whether PRP is better than hair transplant surgery for you or vice versa.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat or contact form.

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How Fast Does Hair Grow After PRP?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Using platelet rich plasma injections for hair restoration is becoming one of the most popular and effective methods for restoring genetic hair loss. Men and women who experience hair loss often want to see the largest amount of hair regrowth in the shortest amount of time possible. During a PRP hair consultation in Seattle, one of the most frequent questions our providers hear is, “How fast does hair grow after PRP?”

The answer to this question will differ for every patient based on their biology, medical history, and treatment plan. Since PRP takes time to stimulate collagen and hair regrowth in the scalp, most patients will not see new hair until after their second or third session. Over the coming weeks and months, patients can expect to see more hair growth. 

For some patients who are also using hair growth medications in conjunction with their PRP treatments may see results faster. Some patients with certain medical conditions may also see that it takes longer for them to see the results they want. Usually, about nine months to one year after the initial treatment is when patients see a noticeable difference. 

During your consultation, your provider will explain what you can expect from PRP hair restoration in Seattle. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online using our contact form or chat.

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What You Should Avoid After PRP Hair Restoration

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Non-surgical hair restoration using platelet rich plasma does not require a full recovery like hair transplant surgery. However, patients do need to exercise some caution following PRP hair restoration injections to promote the best results. Here’s what you should avoid after PRP hair restoration.

First off, patients can usually return to work the same or the next day. You will want to limit your exercise and activity though because this can worsen swelling and bruising. Sweat getting into the injection sites can also cause infection. You should avoid these activities for at least two days post-treatment to keep yourself comfortable and prevent these side effects from occurring or worsening.

Secondly, immediately following treatment do not wet your hair or use any hair products. In most cases, it is safe to resume these activities after several hours, or the next morning. Your provider can discuss what is safe to use on your hair and scalp after PRP hair restoration in Seattle

Finally,  to promote the best results and healing, it is best to avoid alcohol and smoking in the days and weeks after treatment. Smoking, especially, hinders the healing process and it is best patients do not smoke during their entire PRP treatment regimen. Drinking is usually okay on occasion between treatments. 

To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also contact us online via chat or contact form.

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What Is The Best Hair Restoration Method?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

With countless hair restoration options and techniques, when looking for the best one, it can become an overwhelming task. Ultimately, the best hair restoration largely depends on the type and extent of hair loss you have experienced. The hair restoration experts at PRP In Seattle can determine the right hair restoration method for you. 

First off, oral and topical medications may slow down the early process of hair loss or thinning. These options do often result in some hair restoration, but often require taking them constantly or in frequent bouts to keep results. They can supplement other hair restoration efforts. 

Secondly, non-surgical methods such as PRP hair restoration, laser options, and other less invasive techniques can often treat mild to moderate hair loss in men and women with the early signs of pattern baldness. Some of these may require multiple treatments or occasional refreshment, but they do offer a great option to slow hair loss. 

Finally, for men and women with more extensive hair loss, may be good candidates for hair transplant surgery. This surgery takes donor hair–usually from the back of the head–and transplants in the areas of loss. The surgery is typically extremely effective and can recover a good amount of hair lost. 

With that said, it is important to note that regardless of any procedure, genetics will continue to cause hair loss. Utilizing multiple techniques and consulting with a professional can slow and minimize genetic hair loss. 

To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also connect with us online via our chat or contact form.

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What Does Placenta Do For The Hair?

By | Hair Restoration

Placenta cells contain a wealth of nutrients and proteins. In non-surgical hair restoration, donated placenta cells are harvested and mixed with platelet rich plasma to promote new hair growth. This is usually done to treat thinning hair or early genetic hair loss such as male pattern baldness. Wanting to understand the full scope of treatment, patients often ask, “What does placenta do for the hair?”

As mentioned, placenta cells contain many proteins and nutrients that can repair hair follicles, aid in hair growth, and can make hair look shinier and healthier. Placenta also contains a unique protein hormone known as human placental lactogen (hPL). hPL shares structural components with growth hormones and can help bind together with other growth hormones. 

This can interact with the growth hormones in PRP to create a stronger foundation for your hair to grow. Using this combination of PRP and placental cells has shown to be an effective non-surgical hair restoration method. It involves the same injections as PRP hair restoration with little downtime or recovery. 

Many topical placenta hair treatments exist to improve the quality and look of the hair. However, this can also apply to medical treatments such as hair restoration. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat and contact form.