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:
Medications, vitamins, or minerals. Drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, or gout; chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer patients; unusually high levels of vitamin A or low levels of iron or protein; for women, birth control pills can cause hair loss.
Illness.Thyroid disease, severe infection, or flu; fungus infections such as ringworm of the scalp.
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.
STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH
NO DOWN TIME
ORAL/TOPICAL MEDICATIONS FOR HAIR RESTORATION
Propecia (generic – finasteride)
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.
Rogaine (generic – minoxidil)
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.
Viviscal – Professional Strength
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 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.
LASERCAP HAIR RESTORATION
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.
PRP FOR HAIR RESTORATION
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the PRP hair restoration treatment work?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is used to stimulate and nourish follicles for hair growth. Highly concentrated plasma contains platelets that release growth factors; these growth factors have been shown to generate new hair and improve the density and health of your existing hair.
How long does a hair restoration treatment take?
The entire treatment including the preparation of your PRP in the office, cleansing the treatment area, performing SkinPen procedure and injecting PRP solution into the scalp takes less than an hour for most patients.
When will I see hair restoration results from SkinPen Microneedling with PRP?
Within 3 weeks you will notice improvement in hair texture, thickness in the hair shaft and regrowth of hair. It typically takes three to six months from your initial treatment to see measurable results.
How many hair restoration treatments will I need?
For people with thinning hair, we recommend a series of four treatments, performed one month apart for best results. You will need maintenance treatments every 6-12 months thereafter to maintain the results of your PRP hair regeneration treatment.
Does SkinPen Microneedling with PRP Hair Restoration hurt?
We use a cooling device to make the treatment very comfortable. There is minimal tenderness and mild swelling in the injection sites for 3-5 days following the treatment.
How long does it take to see PRP hair restoration results?
We recommend starting with 4 treatments, four weeks apart for best results for most people with thinning hair as an initial treatment. You will need maintenance treatments every one to two years thereafter to maintain the results of your PRP hair regeneration treatment.
How long is each LaserCap treatment?
Patients wear the LaserCap for 30 minutes every other day to regrow and restore your natural hair.
SkinPen® is a microneedling treatment that creates tiny micro-injuries in the skin, generating results from your skin’s natural healing processes.
CO2 SKIN RESURFACING
Tetra is a CO2 laser that offers fully customizable skin resurfacing treatments that eliminate signs of aging like wrinkles, sunspots, uneven texture and age spots