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Platelet-Rich Plasma for Treating Hair Loss- By Charela Lee (Marketing Director for Arocha Hair Restoration)

At Arocha Hair Restoration we are here to help you conquer your hair loss concerns. One way we can help you achieve your hair loss goals is through a revolutionary procedure gaining popularity that utilizes a patient’s own blood to rejuvenate thinning hair. It applies the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to the scalp. Plasma contains platelets that are rich in growth factors that stimulate stem cells to promote a natural process of wound healing, resulting in repair and regeneration of cells. Often thinning can be reversed, yielding a restoration of the patient ‘s hair fullness.

In the past, treatment options for hair loss only included magical topical treatments, prescription medications and surgical procedures. With PRP, the patient’s blood is drawn directly into a special blood collection tube similar to that used for laboratory tests. The tube of blood is then placed into a centrifuge to allow separation of the red blood cells from the platelet rich plasma. A topical anesthetic is applied and multiple channels are created into the scalp during a process called micro-needling. Immediately after the micro-needling, the patient’s plasma is injected into the scalp. The created micro-channels allow the absorption of the PRP into the scalp.

PRP to the scalp for hair loss has show to be well tolerated in patients. A mild “sunburn” feel can be expected following the procedure. There may also be minor pinpoint bleeding during the procedure, prior to the PRP application. It is recommended that patients not take any Anti-inflammatory medication since they may interfere with the natural healing process stimulated by the PRP.

PRP can generate new hair growth and enhance hair transplant results for thicker, healthier hair growth. Unfortunately, for patients with absence of hair follicles, PRP will not likely stimulate new hair growth. Healthy hair follicles need to be present. Multiple treatments may be needed before results are seen.

There are various genetic and environmental factors that can cause hair loss. Environmental factors may include chemotherapy, diet, nutrition, stress, hormonal shifts, autoimmune disorders and various illnesses due to imbalances. The best way to determine what is causing your hair loss is to meet with a medical professional that specializes in hair loss evaluation and treatment.

Platelet Rich Plasma on Good Morning America

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The Facts About Shock Loss Following Hair Restoration Surgery- By Dan Keeney

We have posted a new video in which Dr. Bernard Arocha, founder of Arocha Hair Restoration, discusses the incidence of accelerated loss of existing hair immediately following hair transplant surgery. This is also known as “shock loss.” Although rare, post-surgical hair loss can arise from two etiologies:Accelerated hair loss; and Post-surgical effluvium.

This type of post-surgery hair loss can result after the procedure and arises from trauma to the miniaturized hair. It usually manifests about three months post procedure. This trauma to the weakened hair in the recipient area occurs when the angling of the sites is off. It is imperative that the angle and direction of hair growth be fallowed accurately.

Significant post-surgical hair loss in the post-surgical period is a rare event; in fact, Dr. Arocha says he has not seen it for the last several years. The reasons are related to advances in surgical techniques and pharmacologic therapies.

First and foremost is the creation of precise angles of the recipient sites, while fallowing the exact direction of hair growth.

Secondly, the use of very small needles and cut to size blades, that minimize the size of the sites created, hence the extent of tissue and possible follicular injury if there is native hair remaining.

Lastly, the use of finesteride diminishes the DHT by 70 percent hence protecting the native and transplanted hair from any post-surgical increase in circulating DHT. The use of minoxidil five percent acts synergistically to further protect the native miniaturized hair and possibly stimulate the growth of the transplanted hair.

Additionally, the growth of the transplanted hair with its increased caliber is of greater contribution to the hair mass and volume than the native thinner caliber miniaturized hairs. I do recall one patient about six years ago that had some shock loss post-surgically. He was managed with finesteride, minoxidil five percent, reassurance and time. He of course not only recovered but also had an outstanding hair restoration outcome. The patient got his smile back in about four months post-procedure as his hair transplant commenced to grow in.

Aside from shock loss, it is logical that attendant with surgery there may be an increased incidence of hair loss after surgery. After all, there is an increase in blood flow to the surgical site following a procedure. That is why the recipient area is red or erythematous after surgery. This bathes the area with DHT along with the necessary oxygen and nutrients required for healing and life of the tissue. Although it often is confused with shock loss, this is not post-surgical shock loss. It is simply accelerated hair loss — follicles that would have been lost eventually regardless of the surgery.

The risk of this occurring is dependent on the genetic predisposition of the hair in the recipient area and the extend of miniaturization of these hairs.

In this latest video, Dr. Arocha also offers tips for what patients can do to prevent shock loss and to help their surgeon on transplant day.

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Benefits of Tricomin Copper Peptide Spray – By Charela Lee (Marketing/PR Director at Arocha Hair Restoration)

Here at Arocha Hair Restoration we believe in using several different methods to fight the war against hair loss. One of the product lines we recommend for our patients and sell for purchase is a copper peptide product called Tricomin. Tricomin is a hair loss prevention line of products produced by ProCyte Corporation. The products in the line include: a Conditioning Shampoo, a Deep Conditioning Treatment, a Restructuring Conditioner, a Revitalizing Shampoo and Solution Follicle Therapy Spray.

Tricomin products are unique because they use the Copper Peptide technology as a hair growth stimulant. The copper peptide ingredient is believed to help stop or reverse hair loss. Copper peptides have been proven to inhibit the enzyme 5 alpha reductase (5AR), which is responsible for the creation of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) that causes hair loss.

At any given time, the hair follicles on the scalp are in one of two phases: Resting or Growth. During the Growth phase, substances at the base of the follicle such as collagen and various Proteins are actively in production; during the Resting phase, they are virtually inactive.

If hair remains the Resting phase for an extended period, it can result in the development of bald spots or thinning hair. It is believed that the copper peptides in Tricomin can help shorten the Resting phase in the hair cycle, therefore, aiding in the stimulation and the development of the hair follicles.

Scientific background for Copper Peptide and Amino Acids to treat hair growth

Copper is an important part of the biological makeup of our bodies and aids in melanin production, crosslinking of free radicals and hair is relatively rich in copper. Conversely, as we age the copper levels often decrease in our bodies when needed most.

For more information, contact Arocha Hair Restoration regarding Tricomin or other Hair Loss treatment options and more information on Tricomin Copper Peptide Spray.  For a free consultation call us at 713-526-4247.

We sale both Tricomin Follicle Spray and Tricomin Conditioning Shampoo in our office.

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AHR Dallas website launch

We are excited to announce the recent launch of our new Arocha Hair Restoration Dallas website. The new website features patient before and after photo galleries, links to all of our social media outlets, in-set video player on the homepage, and much more. Take a look at the newest addition to the AHR online presence.

http://www.dallashairloss.com

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