Hair loss is a common and frustrating problem that accompanies the aging process for many people. Dr. Pamela De Silva of De Silva Medical, in Palmdale, California, is a leading internist who offers the latest in hair restoration therapy, called platelet rich fibrin matrix.
Hair loss is extremely common, affection some 40 million women and 60 million men in this country. While hair loss occurs in men and women, it is usually more dramatic in men. There are numerous causes for hair loss, ranging from Various medications to illness and infections, to chemicals, pregnancy, and even stress. However, the biggest cause of hair loss in both genders is simply the result of predetermined genetic factors and the overall aging process. Many adults may experience the beginning of thinning of hair starting as early as their 30s and 40s.
Platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) therapy is the next generation of platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). PRP is a breakthrough procedure in which a patient’s own blood is processed into a substance that contains a 3 to 5 times higher than normal of healing platelets. The substance - PRP - is then injected back into a treatment area, to stimulate regeneration. PRFM utilizes a more advanced method of obtaining the concentrated formula, and in addition, processes your blood with a precise amount of calcium chloride. This enables the platelets to stay longer in the treatment area so the release of growth factors is sustained over a longer period of time for longer-lasting results.
The PRFM is injected into the thinning or bald area of the scalp, stimulating cell proliferation and hair regrowth. The entire procedure takes only 20 minutes, versus about an hour for traditional PRP. There is no downtime. Patients can shampoo and condition their hair and go about their normal daily activities immediately following treatment. Best results are typically observed with just 4 sessions. Individual results vary, but hair has been seen to double in thickness and density in a 6 month period.