Post Procedure Notes
Nurse Practitioner Erin Ellis of Flawless Aesthetics Vegas is excited to introduce this technologically advanced, non-surgical treatment to effectively address thinning hair. Read on to find out more about Hair Restoration
About 50 million American men and 30 million women have male or female-pattern baldness. It can begin early in life, but is much more common after the age of 50, when more than 50 percent of men will experience some kind of hair loss.
However, an emerging treatment — Hair Restoration — appears to help regrow lost hair. And, there are virtually no side effects from Hair Restoration.
How does Hair Restoration therapy work?
Physicians began using Hair Restoration therapy about a decade ago to speed up the healing process in damaged joints after injury or surgery. Practitioners then began using Hair Restoration therapy in aesthetics after researchers found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle.
During the treatment, Nurse Practitioner Erin draws a small amount of your blood and spins it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. She then injects the plasma, which helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and wound healing, and stimulate collagen production. Erin injects plasma into the scalp primarily where hair loss has occurred. Typically injections are done every eight weeks, and the injection schedule will depend on your genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age, and hormones. Flawless Aesthetics Vegas also offers LED Red Light Therapy, clinically shown to increase blood and nutrient flow, giving your treatment the best possible chance at dramatic results. You can read up on Light Therapy Treatments here.
How does Hair Restoration therapy compare with other options?
Other treatments for hair loss currently on the market are often more problematic for many patients. There are two FDA-approved medications for treating hair loss: Finasteride and Minoxidil. But you must take these drugs consistently over time and results can be inconsistent.
Each drug also sometimes has side effects:
- Minoxidil may cause dryness and itching on the scalp.
- Finasteride may cause sexual dysfunction in men.
- Hair transplant is another option, but it requires cuts in the scalp, long recovery and is very expensive.
Because it is a surgical procedure, doctors typically recommend hair transplantation only for those who have dramatic hair loss. A transplant is also more costly and leaves scars. Erin can perform Hair Restoration therapy prior to transplantation, which can provide better results with more dense hair growth.
What makes you a good candidate for Hair Restoration therapy therapy?
PRP is safe and effective for many people. However, you should not have Hair Restoration therapy if you fall into either of these groups:
- If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus, you aren’t likely to have good results because these conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time.
- If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as effectively and the procedure is not as effective.
Hair Restoration therapy works better if your hair loss is recent. It is more challenging to “wake up” hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time. To see if you may be a candidate, schedule a complimentary consultation with Erin.
Researchers See Promising Results
In a 2014 study, researchers in India looked at men with male-pattern baldness who used both approved medications but saw little change in their hair growth. After four Hair Restoration therapy, they had about 30 percent more growth in thinning areas.
A 2017 study out of Italy also found male patients had increased hair and density in areas where doctors used Hair Restoration therapy.
The Week Prior: Avoid ‘Blood Thinners’
To minimize the chances of bruising avoid the use of:
- Vitamin E Pills
- Turmeric Supplements
- Fish Oil Supplements
- Melatonin Sleep Aide
- Turmeric Supplements
- & Any over the counter supplements that thin the blood
- If in doubt regarding prescription medication, consult with your physician
- Tylenol may safely be used during this time
The Day Of Your Hair Restoration Treatment:
- It is best to wash hair and thoroughly cleanse the scalp before each treatment