Peter Panagotacos, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist & Hair Transplant Specialist located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA
Treating hair loss with natural methods is a priority for many individuals experiencing androgenetic alopecia. Board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Peter Panagotacos, MD, offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair loss at Hair Doc in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, California. PRP comes directly from your blood and is ready for injection after some simple processing. To find out if PRP for hair loss is the treatment for you, request an appointment over the phone or book online today.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss Q & A
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair loss?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance with tons of growth factors in it that comes from your blood. These growth factors stimulate cell regeneration in a number of contexts, including for your follicles if you get the injections in your scalp.
PRP contains two parts of your blood:
Plasma is a yellowish liquid that carries your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets through your veins and arteries.
Platelets are components in your blood that help with clotting and healing. They secrete growth factors that stimulate cell regeneration.
What should I expect with PRP for hair loss?
PRP for hair loss is a simple process, and you can expect to visit Hair Doc for three initial treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. After that, you only need to come in once every 4-6 months for maintenance injections with Dr. Panagotacos.
When you first come in, Dr. Panagotacos draws a sample of blood from a vein in your arm. He places the sample in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins rapidly for about 10 minutes. As it spins, the different components of your blood separate into layers.
Dr. Panagotacos isolates the layer containing a high concentration of platelets with no red or white blood cells. He then places the fluid in a syringe and prepares it for injection. He strategically places your injections in bald spots or areas where your hair is thinning.
Which types of hair loss does PRP treat?
Evidence suggests that platelet-rich plasma may be better at treating hair loss from some causes than others. Dr. Panagotacos examines you and notes your medical history to find out which type of hair loss you have and whether or not PRP for hair loss is a treatment you should consider.
So far, most research on PRP for hair loss is for androgenetic alopecia. That is hereditary baldness that occurs in both men and women, with different patterns. For men, baldness tends to be on the top of the head and in the front. Women with androgenetic alopecia tend to experience hair thinning around the crown or center part.
If Dr. Panagotacos suggests PRP for hair loss, he may combine the treatment with other hair loss therapies or medications to get the best possible outcome.
Platelet-rich plasma for hair loss is a great option for those who want to keep treatment as natural as possible. To schedule a consultation at Hair Doc, call the office or book online today.