Time to Ditch the Rogaine®: Hair Stimulation & Restoration With PRP

Author: Dr. Gordon Sasaki
Hair Restoration with PRP in Pasadena CA with Dr. Gordon Sasaki

When you experience hair loss, your self-esteem can suffer, affecting your entire disposition. Both men and women dealing with thinning hair often seek out treatment because this problem is so difficult to hide. There are 4 options most people will choose from: hair pieces, hair transplants, topical solutions, and hair restoration with platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

Hair Transplants

While a hair transplant guarantees results, it’s a serious surgical procedure that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Recovery time alone can take several weeks, and patients will have areas of shaved hair and many restrictions, like sleeping in an uncomfortable, propped-up position. Those who aren’t scared away from the surgery itself often decide to go with another option after they learn the cost of the procedure. Depending on the severity of baldness, hair transplants can cost anywhere between $4,000 and $15,000 per procedure, out-of-pocket. Continual hair loss may require additional surgical sessions.

Minoxidil (Rogaine®)

Those who are searching for a more affordable option will often choose a topical solution such as FDA-approved Rogaine which is available in oral and topical forms. Unfortunately, this product don’t always work, especially in areas that have gone completely bald. Some people who use topical solutions for hair loss experience less-than-appealing side effects such as acne and irritation around the treated area. Even though the upfront cost is relatively low compared to other options, payments can add up over time. Perhaps the biggest deterrent: topical solutions only work while they are being actively used.

Propecia (Finasteride)

Propecia, which uses the active ingredient finasteride, is also used to treat male pattern hair loss (in men only) through an oral medication that reduces DHT—a steroid hormone that can cause hair loss. Most users start to see results after at least 3 months of daily use, but results reverse within a year if use is stopped.

Hair Restoration With PRP

A happy medium between a hair transplant, topical solutions, and oral medication is hair restoration with PRP. This nonsurgical hair loss treatment requires no downtime and provides a natural solution to balding.

How Does PRP Therapy Work and Why Do I Recommend It?

PRP therapy works by injecting or massaging your own platelet-rich plasma into your scalp to stimulate new hair growth and a more robust hair shaft. As a clinical investigator for alternative methods of hair stimulation, I recommend it because it’s the only solution to baldness that will offer natural results without the risks or drawbacks that come with surgery.

What’s Involved With PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy is done by first drawing the patient’s blood. After the blood is placed into a centrifuge, it will separate from the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected or infused into the scalp. Treatments can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, and most patients require 4 sessions to achieve optimal results.

At Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center, we perform hair restoration for Los Angeles residents by using 1 of 2 methods. We either inject processed fat cells enriched with platelet-rich plasma into the scalp, or we perform microneedling on the scalp before massaging in the plasma.

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