HAIR LOSS TREATMENT VANCOUVER: HAIR LOSS CLINIC

Hair restoration is a sought-after concern that we often address at our Vancouver clinic. It affects many of our patients as they progress through aging. At Sparrow MD, our physician-led team provides a comprehensive list of medically safe and effective therapeutic solutions to address hair loss. This entails medical prescriptions, physician advice, and injectable treatments.One of our most popular treatments at Sparrow MD is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair rejuvenation. Our board-certified doctors are qualified to investigate the causes of hair loss and discuss possible remedies. These methods, in general, aid in stimulating hair follicle activity to promote the growth of new, healthy strands free from breaking or thinning.

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HAIR LOSS TREATMENT VANCOUVER: WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS?

Gaining insight into the underlying reasons for hair loss is essential before moving on to the right treatments. Several causes lead to hair loss, these include male-patterned hair loss or androgenic alopecia, hormonal changes, age, autoimmune disorders, thyroid issues, emotional or physical stress, anemia, diet changes, and weight loss. Male-patterned hair loss is one of the most common causes of hair loss.

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WHAT IS PRP HAIR LOSS TREATMENT?

Blood-derived platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has been utilized for years to treat musculoskeletal disorders as well as skin conditions. PRP injections can stimulate the production of collagen and improve the appearance of the skin when applied with microneedling. Furthermore, PRP has recently emerged as one of the most important approaches to treat hair loss. The process involves taking your blood and centrifuging it into three layers, and then injecting the plasma layer rich in platelets and growth factors into your scalp. This layer contains a high concentration of specific proteins that promote healing and stimulate hair growth. Due to the increasing awareness of the efficacy of PRP for hair restoration, this non-surgical and minimally invasive method has become more and more popular.

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VANCOUVER PRP HAIR LOSS TREATMENT: HOW DOES IT WORK?

Many growth facotrs are found in PRP, such as platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor-b, vascular endothelial growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor. It has been demonstrated that PRP upregulates many growth factors, causing dermal papilla cells to proliferate. These growth factors secreted by platelets interact with the bulge region of hair follicles containing stem cells, inducing neovascularization and new follicle creation. Dormant hair follicles are stimulated to enter an active development phase by the growth factors present in platelets. Over time, the outcome is fuller, thicker hair. As a result, progression in hair growth is observed over time.

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PRP HAIR LOSS VANCOUVER: RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS

PRP therapy is considered to be very safe. There is minimal chance of a reaction to the PRP solution itself because it is made up of the patient's blood components.

  • The associated side effects are very minor and could include some minor bruises or edemawhere the injection was made.
  • Temporary bleeding and pain may be observed at the injection site. The bleeding is brought on by tiny punctures on PRP-treated hair skin, and the pain is brought on by the concentrated platelets entering your hair follicle.
  • There is a risk of infection at the injection site but this is minor provided our patients follow the post-treatment We recommend against applyingchemical hair products immediately after your PRP treatment.
  • Nerve damage is a possible side effect of PRP injections for hair loss. This is extremely unusual and rare.
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HAIR LOSS TREATMENT VANCOUVER: MEN VS WOMEN

Individualized treatment regimens are necessary since patients may experience hair loss in different ways. For male patterned hair loss, topical minoxidil, oral finasteride and PRP treatments are the first-line treatments. For female pattern hair loss, topical minoxidil and PRP are our first-line treatments. There are, nevertheless, a variety of options. Maintaining hair growth may be aided by identifying and treating comorbidities such as excess androgen and nutritional deficits.

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Any patient can use topical minoxidil. It works by enhancing the blood flow to the hair follicles leading to a prolonged anagen (growth) phase. Oral Finasteride is often used orally by men daily to prevent hair loss. It is not safe to use finasteride when pregnant, so patients who may experience pregnancy are not prescribed it. Spironolactone is another medication used to treat hair loss in many patients. It is a pill-shaped prescription medicine. It reduces the synthesis of androgens that are mainly responsible for hair loss. As a result, it increases hair growth.

PRP HAIR LOSS TREATMENT VANCOUVER: WHAT TO EXPECT AT SPARROW MD

At our clinic, our team goes through a thorough assessment of your medical history and hair loss triggers. Our doctor will make a plan with you based on your needs. Most of our patients pursue a combination of topical prescriptions, medicated shampoos, PRP treatments, and potentially oral medications.

If you choose to pursue PRP treatments with us, you may expect us to take a small amount of your blood at your visit. This is similar to a routine blood test. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge, a device that separates the different components of the blood based on their density. Then we may obtain PRP, which contains a high concentration of platelets. Our physician or nurse then can inject this carefully into your scalp.

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Post-procedure, it is normal to experience bruising, redness, itching, swelling and/or soreness that may last from 2-5 days following your procedure. You may take Tylenol or other acetaminophen-containing products as directed. You may have a bruise at the blood draw site. It is also possible that you may notice a tingling sensation while the cells are being activated. Our team generally asks our patients to avoid using hair products for at least 6 hours after treatment. Furthermore, we recommend avoiding vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure, saunas, steam rooms, and swimming for 2 days after your treatment. Our patients will return for PRP every 4-6 weeks to complete a treatment regimen of 3-6 sessions for the most optimal result.

HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS AT SPARROW MD

At Sparrow MD, we offer a range of comprehensive hair loss treatments to address the diverse needs of our patients. They are complimentary to one another to enhance hair growth. These include:

MICRONEEDLING

Microneedling can be used to treat hair loss. There is good evidence that in patients with alopecia areata, microneedling can stimulate the scalp and treat hair loss. This process works by promoting the regeneration of healthy hair follicles. The skin reacts to puncture wounds by increasing blood flow to the affected area and producing collagen to help the wounds heal. In addition to producing collagen in the skin, microneedling helps to stimulate stem cells in the hair follicles, which may result in the growth of new hair.

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TOPICAL MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS

At Sparrow MD, our doctors will decide to prescribe topical medications, such as minoxidil and medicated shampoos, which are essential components of the treatment strategy for hair loss. Vasodilators like minoxidil are frequently used to increase blood flow to hair follicles, which encourages the growth of new hair. It is immediately administered to the scalp and has been shown in clinical studies to promote hair growth in all genders. At our clinic, we also offer specially formulated medicinal shampoos. These shampoos frequently have active components that help to cleanse the scalp, clear excess sebum, and provide the best conditions possible for healthy hair development.

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EXOSOME THERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS VANCOUVER

Exosomes applied to the scalp are an excellent source for rejuvenating hair loss. Growth factors and messenger molecules found in exosomes can promote hair follicle growth. Angiogenesis, another mechanism exhibited by exosomes, improves the health of the scalp. It is a minimally intrusive method for treating hair loss. Exosome concentration can be changed for best effects, and the therapy can be strengthened by combining it with other hair restoration procedures like microneedling or PRP hair treatment.

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ORAL MEDICATIONS AND PHYSICIAN ADVICE

Oral medications such as finasteride may be a part of your personalized treatment plan. Oral drugs treat underlying causes of hair loss, such as hormone imbalances or nutritional deficiencies if they are correctly given based on each patient's needs. Finasteride works by preventing the body from producing a hormone (Dihydrotestosterone) that attacks the prone hair follicles. As a result, it slows down the rate of hair loss and promotes the creation of new hair. Finasteride can take about four months to start working, but it could take up to a year before you see any noticeable hair growth. It is often combined with PRP treatments for the best effect.

Our physicians at Sparrow MD, Dr. Zhai and Dr. Van Dewark can provide valuable advice on lifestyle changes, nutritional support, and treatment plans for best addressing hair loss. Combining oral medication with professional advice enables a comprehensive and customized approach to treating hair loss, focusing on both external therapies and internal aspects that support our patient's general health.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated form of plasma that contains a high amount of platelets, which are blood cells that play a crucial role in healing and regeneration. PRP is derived from your blood, making it a biocompatible and natural treatment option for hair loss.

PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors that stimulate the dormant hair follicles. As a result, they increase blood supply to hair follicles and increase the follicular length.

Yes. These treatments are safe. In most cases, a PRP injection is a low-risk therapy with minimal adverse effects.

Each person may require a different amount of sessions. It depends on things like general health and the degree of hair loss. To get the desired hair regrowth, we generally recommend 3-6 PRP therapy sessions.

Some claim that you can see results after even one platelet-rich plasma treatment session. Although some of our patients report their hair thickness has improved with just one treatment. However, for most patients, especially ones with more severe hair loss, results are usually seen after 3-4 treatment sessions.

At Sparrow MD, we offer the latest and most advanced treatments for hair loss. Our board certified aesthetic doctors can design a treatment regimen that best suit your needs.

Maintenance treatments are required as hair growth is a long-term process. The number of maintenance sessions depends on an individual’s needs. Patients are advised to attend one session every four to six months to sustain the therapeutic outcomes.

Medical physicians who specialize in aesthetic medicine and skin care like our physicians at Sparrow MD can treat hair loss the most effectively.  

The cost of hair loss treatment starts at $800-$1000 for PRP treatments. Topical and oral medications are variable depending on the individual pharmacies.

It is never too late to start hair loss treatments. As soon as you detect hair loss, you may begin to treat it preventatively to prevent thinning, hair line recession, and further hair loss.

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