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Hair Restoration

Hair loss is an unpleasant and embarrassing condition that both women and men experience over the course of their lives, some earlier than others. Wearing a hat or sporting certain hairstyles to cover thinning hair or a receding hairline only masks the condition. When people finally get around to addressing their hair loss situation, they tend to think the extreme and consider surgical hair transplantation. Hogue Clinics wants men and women to consider a less extreme, natural treatment option for hair loss called bio-cellular hair restoration.

The use of autologous platelet-rich plasma, which is routinely combined with ACell® extracellular matrix followed by scalp micro-needling, is a breakthrough bio-cellular hair restoration treatment for hair loss that improves the function of scalp hair follicles. Effective bio-cellular hair restoration is offered at Hogue Clinics to treat hair loss and thinning for both women and men. The down time is minimal to none following a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment. A customized treatment plan is made for each prospective patient by regenerative medicine specialists at Hogue Clinics based on their hair loss condition and treatment preferences.

How Does Hair Grow?

Whether we are born with a smooth, shiny head, or a head of hair like Elvis, we are born with approximately 100,000 hair follicles. As we age, we naturally shed about 60 hairs a day, but the hair follicles remain. While it is a common misconception that hair shedding is the cause of hair loss, the hair-shedding follicles still remain active, meaning that another hair has the potential to regrow.



Hair growth is an ongoing three-phase process including anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. The anagen phase is the growing phase of hair, lasting anywhere between 2-8 years. The catagen phase is the phase in which some unknown signal causes the hair bulb at the base of the follicle to detach from the scalp. The telogen phase is the final stage of the hair cycle. Once this final stage occurs, the regrowth process starts over.

Why Do We Lose Hair?

Over time, hair follicles can become less active or they can become inactive altogether, leading to visible thinning and baldness. Men and women are both prone to what is commonly referred to as genetic pattern baldness of which roughly 70% of men and 40% of women are affected. While there are a multitude of reasons overall for why hair loss occurs, some of the more common reasons for hair loss include:

  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Certain health conditions, such as hypothyroidism
  • Dihydrotestosterone
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Medications
  • Tight, pulled-back hairstyles

About PRP, ACell®, and Scalp Micro-needling

Bio-cellular hair restoration, a non-surgical alternative to hair transplantation, is offered at Hogue Clinics for women and men suffering from hair loss, hair thinning, hair miniaturization, and early balding. Treatment is performed on the scalp using ring block anesthesia to allow for a completely painless experience during injections and scalp micro-needling.

Dr. Hogue, a cosmetic surgeon and regenerative medicine specialist, uses a combination of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), ACell® (FDA-cleared porcine-derived extracellular matrix used Off-Label for hair restoration), and scalp micro-needling for bio-cellular hair restoration.

The level or degree of response to a single bio-cellular hair restoration treatment cannot be predicted or known in advance since each individual has unique regenerative capabilities. Results vary depending on hair loss causation and the individual’s regenerative capacity. At Hogue Clinics, a single hair restoration treatment is performed, then response to treatment is evaluated at six months. While visible results may be seen as early as several weeks, follow up photos are obtained at six months following a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment.

Benefits of Bio-cellular Hair Restoration at Hogue Clinics

SAFETY

Since platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is harvested from your own blood, there is no risk of tissue rejection. ACell® is a sterile non-cellular FDA-cleared biologic agent. The combination of PRP and ACell® is a way to naturally influence the cycling of hair follicles, to regenerate scalp vasculature, to improve the function of hair follicles, and to reverse the process of hair loss and hair thinning.

PAINLESS RING BLOCK ANESTHESIA (RBA)

A Coban elastic tourniquet is placed circumferentially around the scalp above the top of the ears. A ring block is performed by the physician using injected local anesthetic agent which provides complete anesthesia to allow for  painless injection of biologic agents and scalp micro-needling to be performed. The entire bio-cellular hair restoration treatment takes about 60-90 minutes to perform. The treatment is done in a private, office-based setting. No special wound care is needed.

NO DOWN TIME

Following a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment at Hogue Clinics, your scalp will be rinsed in our procedure room sink and you will go home looking essentially the same as you did prior to the procedure. There will be minimal to no bleeding or down time due to the rapid healing effects of the injected PRP. It is important and necessary to avoid taking any aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners for 10 days prior to a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment. Mild tissue swelling from the ring block anesthesia infrequently affects the forehead and upper face area, along with the potential for bruising. A Velcro cloth headband is recommended to be worn for 24-48 hours to minimize facial swelling and edema.

Good Candidates

Good candidates for a Bio-cellular Hair Restoration treatment includes the following:

  • Women and men who prefer a less invasive, more natural, non-surgical hair restoration treatment method to prevent ongoing and future hair loss, as well as to promote hair growth and thickening of miniaturized hairs and thinning hairs.
  • Women and men in the early stages of female or male genetic pattern baldness, or anytime there is an abundance of miniaturized or thinning hairs on the scalp.
  • Patients should be in overall good health and have no underlying blood conditions or autoimmune diseases that might negatively influence the treatment results.
  • Patients should be non-smokers and avoid the use of aspirin, NSAIDS, and blood thinners for at least 10 days prior to a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment.

Bio-Cellular Hair Restoration Treatment Options at Hogue Clinics

PRP WITH SCALP MICRO-NEEDLING USING RING BLOCK ANESTHESIA

The most basic, minimal bio-cellular hair restoration treatment at Hogue Clinics involves the use of PRP with scalp micro-needling. Ring block anesthesia is used for a painless injection and micro-needling experience. This treatment takes about 50-60 minutes to perform.


PRP PLUS ACELL® WITH SCALP MICRO-NEEDLING USING RING BLOCK ANESTHESIA

The most popular bio-cellular hair restoration treatment at Hogue Clinics involves the use of PRP plus ACell® (extracellular matrix) with scalp micro-needling. Ring block anesthesia is used for a painless injection and micro-needling experience. Extracellular matrix (ECM) in ACell® exists in the biologic makeup of all species. It serves as a nano-scaffold for tissue regeneration. ACell® is loaded with signals that instruct regenerative cells to do specific things such as heal the skin and stimulate hair follicle rejuvenation. ECM attracts adult stem cells and promotes an increased blood supply to the area. When used for treating hair loss, hair thinning, hair miniaturization, and early balding, ECM appears to restore the necessary cellular conditions responsible for healthy hair growth. This treatment takes about 60-80 minutes to perform.


Depending on an individual’s regenerative capacity, treatment results and down time will varyfrom person to person. Hair regeneration results following a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment are evaluated at 6 months, although maximal results may take up to two years. If a good response occurs after the initial treatment, then additional treatments may be considered to achieve the best additive results. If there is no progress or just minimal improvement after the initial treatment, our regenerative medicine specialists may not recommend additional bio-cellular hair restoration treatments in the patient’s best interest.

Schedule Your Consultation

A regenerative medicine specialist at Hogue Clinics will consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment. The Consultation is FREE, and includes a discussion about your concerns, hair loss and medical history, and a focused scalp examination. If it is determined that you are are a good candidate, then bio-cellular treatment options and pricing will be discussed with you. After the consultation, you can schedule an appointment for a bio-cellular hair restoration treatment. Contact Hogue Clinics online or call 763-447-2500 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you on your journey to a healthier scalp of growing hair.

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