Thinning hair and hair loss are extremely common concerns for patients of our practice. This problem does not discriminate – younger patients, older patients, male, female – all demographics are affected. The causes of hair loss vary, but the most common types we see in our practice are androgenic alopecia and telogen effluvium.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Androgenic alopecia is typical “male pattern baldness”. However, “male” is a bit of a misnomer, as this type of hair loss affects many women. Men typically note a receding hair line, while women may notice a gradual diffuse thinning.
Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair loss resulting from diverse causes, including medications, sickness, and pregnancy. Most patients experience loss of hair over the entire scalp and may notice significant hair loss when shampooing or brushing their hair. Recovery of hair is spontaneous and typically occurs within 6 months.
How Can We Treat It?
When treating hair loss, it is first important to elucidate the cause. While the most common causes of hair loss are outlined above, many other medical conditions can result in this symptom. These conditions often require medical intervention from a primary care physician.
If hair loss is determined to be a result of androgenic alopecia, or, in some cases, telogen effluvium, steps can be taken to help restore the hair or hasten hair regrowth. Treatment first begins at home. Our office recommends a system of vitamins and minoxidil shampoo to ensure the scalp and body are healthy.
In our office, a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cells can yield significant improvement. PRP uses your own blood to heal tissue and stimulate growth. The PRP is injected in to the scalp and microneedled in topically. This combination approach nourishes and stimulates hair follicles, amplifying the body’s natural abilities to produce healthy hair. The PRP can be combined with stem cells to further encourage hair restoration. Patients typically benefit from two treatments, spaced 6 weeks apart.
6 months after series of Two PRP with Stem Cell Treatments
Patients with more significant hair loss may benefit from Neograft hair restoration. Unlike outdated strip methods that result in a linear scar, Neograft utilizes follicular unit extraction (FUE). With FUE, donor hair follicles are removed and then implanted into areas of the scalp with hair loss. Neograft FUE improves the viability of the follicles, ensuring natural results and excellent graft-take with no scar.
Another treatment option to address hair loss is the non-invasive LaserCap®. The LaserCap® is an FDA-cleared low-level laser light therapy to produce better functioning hair follicles and healthier hair. LaserCap® can be worn under any type of hat 3 times a week for 30 minutes. The laser energy will encourage the hair growth cycle, supporting hair growth as a stand-alone treatment, but also potentiating the results of other hair restoration procedures.
With so many options and innovations for hair restoration, it is important to discuss specific concerns with a provider experienced in treating hair loss. Our office offers a variety of state-of-the-art technologies that can be easily customized to a patient’s unique concerns, downtime, and hair restoration goals.