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Androgenic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. Over 56 million men and women suffer from hair loss in the United States, or 1 out of 3 adults. While heredity is blamed for the majority of hair loss and thinning hair, the process is multifactorial since there are many processes that take place during hair growth, and a multifaceted approach is typically best to treat alopecia.

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The average person has about 100,000 hairs on their head and loses about 100 of them every day. What distinguishes people who experience visible hair loss is when hair doesn’t grow back at the same rate. And even though thinning hair is often associated with men, about 40% of women have visible hair loss by age 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 

There are multiple causes for hair loss, including vitamin deficiencies, chemotherapy, anemia, genetic susceptibility, hormonal imbalances, stress, medications, and other medical conditions. Regarding hormonal imbalances, major life events such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can all affect hair growth in some way. The number one cause, however, is androgenic alopecia (AGA), most commonly known as male and female pattern hair loss. Androgenic alopecia affects nearly 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. Androgenic alopecia is often attributed to genetic predisposition and family history.

Hereditary male- and female-pattern baldness causes certain predisposed hair follicles to shrink, which shortens the typical hair growth cycle. Hairs will progressively grow thinner and finer until the hairs stop growing altogether. By age 50, approximately 50% of men and 25% of women will experience some degree of hereditary hair loss.

Male-pattern baldness is most evident on the temples and the crown of the head; female-pattern baldness tends to be less obvious. Some women simply notice a general thinning, or they might feel like their ponytail isn’t as thick as it used to be. According to Medicine Net, more women have underlying causes of hair loss than men, such as thyroid disorders and polycystic ovary syndrome. At Solis Health and Beauty, we take a thorough health history regarding hair loss, medications, allergies, family history, diet, weight loss, menstrual cycle pattern, etc., to eliminate any medical factors before beginning a treatment regimen. Inspection of the scalp, as well as the hair on other parts of the body, is also important. Blood tests are ordered to get the necessary information required to determine if there are any underlying causes, and once underlying health issues have been ruled out and the cause of hair loss identified, then we can consider treatment options.

Over 60% of hair loss and thinning hair can be managed, controlled, or reversed without the need for surgical options. Hair growth in women has almost a 90% success rate. Men have almost a 65% success rate in hair re-growth as it relates to hormonal alopecia. Hair loss is progressive, so early diagnosis and treatment lead to better results. Combination therapies to correct the various processes that are influenced during hair loss work best, like prescription drugs (oral and/or topical), microneedling, PRP, exosomes, vitamins, and red light therapy.

Results can take 3-6 months to notice, Hair loss management is typically lifelong with androgenic alopecia, in order to maintain any benefits received.

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people are familiar with the benefits of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), but PRF remains less well known. Simply put, platelet-rich fibrin is a more potent form of PRP that has a higher concentration of platelets, white blood cells, and stem cells. Like PRP, platelet-rich fibrin is collected from the blood and contains growth factors that stimulate hair follicles in areas of hair loss.

Most adult women and men experiencing hair loss can benefit from PRF therapy, especially when treated during the early stages of hair loss.

During a PRF hair restoration treatment, a small amount of blood is collected from the arm, similar to when you need blood for a lab test. Once the blood is drawn, it is placed in a collection tube into an FDA-approved centrifuge. As the blood spins in the centrifuge, platelet-rich fibrin separates from the rest of the blood.  

After numbing the scalp with a local anesthetic, the prepared PRF is then injected into the thinning areas of the scalp using very fine needles. The treatment time typically ranges from 45 minutes to an hour. No downtime is needed, but you may need to take over-the-counter pain relief medication to relieve discomfort. 

This is a comfortable, outpatient procedure that takes less than one hour to perform. Patients may resume all activities, including workouts, shampooing, etc. immediately afterwards as there is no recovery phase. Mild soreness and redness of the scalp, if any, resolves in less than a day and improved hair growth can be measured in a matter of weeks.

This is where it can get confusing for patients and medical providers. It has been said that “All PRF is NOT created equal!”  The quality, strength and duration of the PRF hair regrowth treatments are directly related to the preparation protocols, centrifuge settings and preparation kits. At Solis Health and Beauty we only use the highest quality kits for optimal results.

It takes 4 to 5 sessions, approximately one month apart for maximum hair growth results.Unfortunately, the hair follicle-stimulating results of PRF treatment for hair regrowth is NOT permanent. Most patients who undergo PRF treatment require a repeat treatment in about 12-24 months. PRF may need to be repeated depending on the patient’s response to therapy, hair loss condition, adjunctive treatments and goals. The addition of other therapies like topical or oral medications, red light therapy and exosomes, can help maintain and extend the results.

As with any hair regrowth treatment, results initially can be subtle.  At Solis Health and Beauty, we know that our PRF protocols are providing significant stimulation of hair regrowth and hair follicle rejuvenation. We use photos to document hair growth, but patience is still the key because it takes a few weeks for results to show. Initially you will see tiny hairs and you will be able to feel a “fuzz” with your fingers. Those baby hairs will grow and are the beginning of your new head of hair.

Yes. PRF is immunologically neutral and poses no danger of allergic, hypersensitivity or foreign-body reactions. A closed, sterile technique is used in every stage to prevent infection. A brief period of inflammation/redness at the site of application is normal and expected, indicating the action of the PRF. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for PRF Hair Regrowth we always provide a consultation.

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