The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is genetics. In fact, heredity accounts for 95% of all the cases of alopecia (baldness) in the United States. The remaining 5% of the cases can be due to a number of things, including diet, stress, illness, and medications.
Factors that can cause hair loss include:
For women, childbirth may cause temporary hair loss due to the changes that take place in the body. Thankfully, there are options to address the common issue of hair loss and thinning, and Seven offers a variety of hair restoration options.
The Alma TED is an innovative hair growth procedure that is completely non-invasive. TED is designed to effectively address hair shedding, hair loss, and hair thinning without trauma, discomfort, or downtime.
Alma TED is an ultrasound-based procedure that utilizes acoustic sound waves combined with air pressure to drive specifically formulated medications past the skin’s protective layer and deep into the dermis layer of the skin. The acoustic sound waves create gaseous bubbles within the stratum corneum that expand the lipid bilayer, allowing medications to absorb. The air pressure creates a push-and-pull effect that further drives the active compounds.
This perfectly calibrated skin depth nourishes the hair follicle and scalp, allowing your skin to absorb the highest amount of these medications for maximum effectiveness.
Pre and Post Procedure
Alma TED is a quick, 30-minute treatment. During your consultation, Dr. DeFatta will assess your scalp to personalize the best treatment for you.
During the procedure, your scalp may feel warm as you sense a mild buzzing sensation, and your hair will be slightly damp at the end of your treatment. TED is a completely pain-free procedure - many patients describe the treatment as soothing and enjoyable, which is a massive breakthrough in hair restoration treatments.
TED has no downtime so that you can resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure.
Dr. DeFatta and his team at Seven Spa are proud to bring this new, innovative hair restoration treatment to Altoona, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas. Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about TED and our hair restoration options.
Finasteride is an oral medication taken daily that can help to stabilize, and in some cases, reverse male-pattern baldness. During hair loss, the hair-growth cycle shortens and the hair-shaft size becomes smaller. Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT makes hairs susceptible to the hair-loss process, so by blocking DHT, finasteride helps more hairs stay in the growth phase and have an opportunity to grow thicker. Visible signs of hair growth will take several months to appear with Finasteride.
Minoxidil is a well-known product for topical use on the scalp and is beneficial when used in the early stages of hair loss. It can slow down hair loss and boost hair growth. Dr. DeFatta prefers to utilize the 5 percent formulation as long as it is well tolerated by the patient. The product comes as a liquid or a foam with equal efficacy - which formulation is used is a matter of preference and tolerance, as the liquid has been shown to carry a one in four chance of an allergic reaction or scalp sensitivity. Visible results can be seen as early as with three or four months of use.
Most of us have experienced situational hair loss or shedding surrounding various life factors such as stress or temporary diets. Healthy hair growth requires a set of essential nutrients to be available in our bodies, and a disruption of this process can cause hair to cycle more frequently and lead to temporary hair loss. Dr. DeFatta may recommend Professional Strength Viviscal in these cases, which is a supplement taken by mouth that uses a marine complex specifically patented to nourish thinning hair. Individuals with a shellfish allergy are not candidates to use this supplement, but others experiencing these types of temporary excessive hair shedding can benefit from Viviscal when taken for three to six months. If the results are insufficient or hair shedding becomes chronic, Dr. DeFatta can evaluate you for supplemental methods to treat your hair loss problem.
Laser therapy can be an effective hair restoration option in both men and women and has no real side effects to consider. If your hair is thinning or miniaturizing, laser therapy can work to restore your hair. Often, Dr. DeFatta will use LLLT in combination with and to complement other therapies, but it can also be an effective standalone method to treat hair loss.
Dr. DeFatta strives to offer the most effective technology available on the market and has partnered with LaserCap to offer every patient with thinning hair a practical option. The LaserCap must be prescribed by a qualified hair restoration specialist physician in order for this intense therapy to be used appropriately as a tool for hair loss treatment. Many over-the-counter laser models offer only 1/4 the dose of energy per treatment. Others do not offer true laser therapy but only light therapy, which has been shown to be far less effective.
The LaserCap home-unit device can provide an easy and cost-effective long-term solution for thinning hair. The device can be hidden under one of two hat types and should be worn approximately 20 minutes, three times a week to achieve noticeable hair-growth results. It is extremely convenient and can be worn during many of your normal daily activities such as driving, cooking, watching television, reading in bed or even walking. During a detailed consultation, Dr. DeFatta will discuss whether LLLT is an appropriate choice for your hair loss type and timing.
Numerous randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials have demonstrated it produces significant increases in hair density in both men and women suffering from androgenetic alopecia.
LLLT is one of only 3 treatments sanctioned by the FDA for male pattern hair loss, in addition to topical minoxidil and oral finasteride, and one of only 2 treatments sanctioned by the FDA for female pattern hair loss, in addition to topical minoxidil.
During the treatment, Dr. DeFatta will draw a sample of your blood and prepare it by spinning it in a centrifuge to separate out the PRP. Dr. DeFatta can then inject the PRP into the scalp where treatment is needed. Injections are typically recommended monthly for the first three months, and depending on the response seen, can later be spaced less frequently for up to two years. The injection efficacy and subsequent recommendations can vary based on your genetics, pattern and degree of hair loss, your age, and hormonal status.
Though the idea of blood draws and needles might sound a bit scary, rest assured knowing the procedure can be made very comfortable with our topical numbing techniques and pain reducers. It also carries little risk such as bruising at the blood draw and injection sites and minor-self-limiting swelling. Minimal downtime can be expected, other than avoiding your hair styling routine for a day or two while the area settles down.