Hair Thickening Treatments
I'm a man and I will beat up anybody who tries to tell me I'm not a man just because my hair is thinning.— Actor Bruce Willis (who's handsome either way)
Has there ever been a time like now when a youthful appearance is so important? Losing your hair can lead to depression and low self-esteem, according to the American Hair Loss Association, and they note “it affects interpersonal relationships as well as the professional lives of those suffering. It is not uncommon for people to change their career paths because of their hair loss.”
Hair loss can be caused by genetics, medications, stress, aging, medical conditions, and hormones. Hereditary hair loss with aging, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of thinning hair or baldness in both men and women. Nearly 85% of men experience hair thinning by the age of 50 and about 40% of women by the age of 40.
Men tend to lose hair from the temples, in front of their forehead, and the top of their heads. Women usually experience thinning mostly across the top of their scalp, usually noticed first as a widening part. Ironically, women also tend to notice brow hairs becoming sparser as lower face hairs ("boar bristles") sprout more.
Each hair follicle seems to function as an individual, with its own growth cycle timing. For unknown reasons, some of the scalp follicles become more sensitive to the effects of hormones with aging, especially dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a byproduct of testosterone. DHT causes the growth phase of the hair to shorten and the follicles to shrink until they no longer produce hair.
Until recently, the only effective treatments for hair thinning were drugs such as minoxidil and finasteride or hair transplants, but new regenerative treatments are showing great promise.
Absorbable threads, nanofat stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) use the healing substances found in your own body to help stimulate hair growth on the scalp and in the brows.
Absorbable Threads made of the same material as buried sutures, when placed under the skin's surface, stimulate healing and growth factors, as well as new blood vessels. Encouraging results have been seen with hair growth when these threads have been used in areas of thinning hair.
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Nanofat is a regenerative treatment with even more promising effects than PRP on hair loss, probably because nanofat is rich in stem cells in addition to the growth factors found in PRP alone. The name "nanofat" is a misnomer since it's not fat but the healing factors and stem cells that have been filtered out from a small amount of a patient's own fat that is used in regenerative treatments. Nanofat is often mixed with PRP to treat hair loss and results are usually seen with just one treatment.
To obtain nanofat, a mini-liposuction treatment is performed to obtain a small amount of fat. That fat is then broken up and the growth factor solution is filtered out to be injected.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments have shown improvement in hair loss patients in some studies, especially when a series of treatments are done.
Platelets are cells in our blood that are rich in many types of signaling and growth factors and PRP is the liquid portion of the blood in which the platelets have been concentrated and the other blood cells removed. The effects of PRP on hair loss are thought to be due to the effects of the platelet growth factors on the hair follicles. PRP is obtained by drawing a small blood sample & then spinning the tubes to separate out the red and white blood cells while isolating the concentrated platelets. The solution is then injected into the anesthetized portion of the scalp or brows where hair thickening is desired.
In general, after an initial series of 3 bi-monthly PRP treatments, roughly 30% of patients will see an increase in hair growth, 30% won't see an increase but they won't continue to experience hair loss in the months after treatment, and 30% won't see any change.
What to expect with a hair thickening treatment
Topical anesthesia is applied before any of these treatments to minimize any discomfort. PRP and/or nanofat stem cells can be applied to the scalp during a microneedling treatment, which provides additional stimulation, or they can be injected. Threads are inserted under the skin inside the hairline. Occasionally there will be some swelling of the treated area but most people find they can immediately return to their usual activities.
Depending on the cause of your hair thinning, medications like progesterone, vitamin D and/or finasteride can be added to the injections to improve results. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune-related disease that causes patchy bald areas, & some studies have also shown improvement in the condition with these treatments. Regenerative hair therapies are not effective if the area being treated has no remaining hair follicles, so it's best to start early.
Maintenance treatments are recommended for all of these treatments as needed to maintain results.
The fees at Skinspirations for regenerative hair loss treatments are:
Thread treatment for hair thickening: $950
Nanofat hair treatment: $995
PRP hair treatment package of 3: $1,260
Call us at 727-571-1923 for a complimentary consultation to learn if this procedure is right for you!