Too scared to under go surgery but you need to stop your hair loss? No worries, sometimes just the word surgery can be terrifying for some of us. That is why here at The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa and Dr. Mark A. Bishara give you options!
Sometimes we think laser? What are a couple lights going to do? Well let me tell you, you’d be quite surprised! Here at the Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we offer laser therapy for hair loss using the Capillus 272! The Capillus 272 is equipped with 272 laser diodes to help wake up those dormant hair follicles and give you a fuller look! The best thing about it is that all it takes is fast and easy 30 minutes and it is absolutely pain free! We offer the treatments in office or you can purchase one for in home use!
Growth Factors to get your hair growing!
We have heard many ways Platelet Rich Plasma has helped with. From injured joints, tendons and other musculoskeletal problems and now HAIR!! Did you know that our very own blood (PRP) contains growth factors? Yes! Here at The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we perform multiple PRP treatments on a daily basis. It is and hour process, as we draw your blood, spin it on our centrifuge for about 15 minutes, The PRP will then be injected on to the areas that will need to be treated. Don’t worry we use local anesthetic to numb the area and make sure you are nice and comfortable and of course pain free.
As just the word “surgery” can be quite frightening, people forget that there are different types of treatments for hair loss. The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa has them for you!
Capillus Laser Cap
The capillus laser cap is the first FDA cleared laser cap that helps prevent hair loss. Although we know hair that has been lost will not regrow why not save what is left. The Capillus 272 helps men and women that suffer from androgenetic alopecia. It is designed with low level laser lights that have been proven to promote hair regrowth in both men in women according to capillus.com The cap is recommended to be used 30 minutes every other day. The Capillus laser caps are powered with a battery pack which makes it easier to use for people on the go. The caps can be used while running errands, at home cooking, or picking up the kids as it looks just like a regular ball cap.
Minoxidil is a antihypertensive vasodilator medication used to slow down hair loss and in some cases help promote hair regrowth. Minoxidil is sold over the counter which makes it easier for people to access at their local store such as walmart, cvs, or walgreens. Minoxidil should be applied topically on the scalp. Both men and women suffering from androgenic alopecia can benefit from minoxidil. Minoxidil is the only topical product that is FDA approved to help with hair loss. The solution is formulated to include a 5% solution for men a 2% solution concentrated for women. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support and maintaining existing hair.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment
Our blood plasma is known to contain active growth factors that promote hair growth. So how is a PRP done? Our own blood is drawn and placed in to a centrifuge where it spins for about 10 to 15 minutes so that only the enriched platelets remain. Once separated into a different syringe using a thin needle the PRP is injected in to the scalp and all areas that will be treated for hair loss. Local anesthetic is used to help with any discomfort. The treatment takes about an hr to and hr and a half and the results are safe and reliable.
Propecia/Finasteride is a one a day pill used to treat male pattern baldness and hair loss on the vertex and mid scalp. Propecia is made only for the use on men. Women should not use propecia as it can cause birth defects in a fetus. Six months into treatment is when men typically see improvement.
In the last 4 years The International Hair Research Foundation carried out a scientific evaluation of the effectiveness and safeness of the PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) technique. Their study was performed on 568 men (56%) aged from 18 to 72. 465 women (44%) aged from 16 to 78. International Hair Research Foundation Study found a significant increase in the number of hairs after the treatment was obtained in 80% of cases (both in male and female subjects). In 93% of cases a therapeutic effect was obtained and a significant improvement of hair miniaturization, hair loss, itching or trichodynia (discomfort or pain in the scalp or hair) – if present – was observed. Please visit the International Hair Research Foundation for more information on this study.
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments are injections to the patients scalp and are used to stimulate the growth of hair follicles, thereby halting or reversing miniaturization (thinning hair) seen in androgenic alopecia (common baldness) cases.
Human Blood Flow & PRP Integration
Human blood is comprised primarily of red blood cells (RBC), as well as white blood cells (WBC), platelets, and plasma. By initiating the first step of coagulation, platelets are the key to the body’s ability to heal wounds. It is thought that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body’s healing to that area would be accelerated – explaining the use of PRP in wound healing. Its possible effects on promoting hair growth make it potentially useful as both used in addition to hair transplantation surgery and for the medical treatment of hair loss. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrated blood plasma which contains approximately three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition to the platelets, it contains growth factors and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and hair growth.
The human growth hormone (hGH), insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF or FGF-2), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB)- levels are significantly elevated after PRP injection, supporting a possible ergogenic effect of PRP.
How it Works
The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa uses a double centrifuge technique that allows the active biologic factors to be administered at the most effective concentration. The treatments are administered by one of our Nurses and take about a half hour. If Dr. Mark A. Bishara, M.D. P.A. decides that you are in fact a good candidate, we may be able to perform the PRP procedure at the time of the consult. If the procedure cannot be performed at the time of consultation, you can schedule one very soon after. In either case, the consult fee will be deducted from your first treatment.
Platelet rich plasma offers an additional way to stimulate hair growth, especially in people who cannot use other forms of treatment. For example, it may be useful for someone that is not a candidate for a hair transplant, or cannot use finasteride. It is also useful in the treatment of crown thinning where a hair transplant may not be appropriate. It works best where there is existing thinning hair not a completely bald area. We are only using Platelet Rich Plasma to treat hair loss on the scalp at this time.
The treatment is done during a simple office visit and takes about 30-45 minutes. The patient is able to go back to regular routine after the treatment. One may have some very temporary soreness and swelling, but many patients experience no side affects after the treatment.
Usually patients see results in 3 to 6 months. However, the response time may be variable. Research also agrees that about 70%-90% of patients will see a degree of improvement of hair mass/density. The latest data indicates 3 PRP therapy treatments has the greatest effectiveness for hair growth stimulation and many patients get PRP once every other year following the initial 3 treatments.