Regenerative Hair Loss Treatments
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss with up to 80% of men & 40% of women developing as they age. Men tend to lose hair from the edge of their forehead and the top of their head while 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 sprout more. Until recently, the only effective treatments for hair thinning were drugs such as minoxidil and finasteride, or hair transplants.
Recent studies show promising results for early hair loss with regenerative treatments like injections of PRP or nanofat that use the body's own growth factors to either increase hair thickness or at least stop it's loss.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune-related disease that causes patchy bald areas, & some studies have also shown improvement with these treatments.
Platelets, which are cells in our blood, contain different types of growth factors and PRP is the concentration of those platelets in plasma, the liquid portion of blood. The effects of PRP on hair loss are thought to be due to effects of the platelet growth factors on the hair follicles. PRP is obtained by drawing a small blood sample & then spinning the tubes to concentrate the platelets.
Nanofat is actually not fat cells but the healing factors and stem cells that are isolated from a small amount of a patient's own fat.
For hair loss treatment PRP and/or nanofat are injected into the scalp (and brows if desired) or applied during a microneedling treatment, after anesthetic cream, to get down into the thinning hair follicles.
Regenerative hair therapies are not effective if the area being treated has no remaining hair follicles, so it's best to start early.
After an intial series of 3-6 monthly 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.
Maintenance treatments are recommended every 6 months or so or more often if desired.
Call us at 727-571-1923 for a complimentary consultation to learn if this procedure is right for you!