Understanding hair loss
Hair loss or alopecia is one of the most common conditions affecting 40% of women and 80% of men globally and about one-third of women experience hair loss at some time in their live. This condition has a higher personal impact for women rather than men due to its social acceptance and carrying a severe impact on their emotional wellbeing and quality of life.
While a cure is still to be invented, there are a range of invasive and non-invasive treatments that can alleviate the effects of hair loss and help you manage this condition.
How to recognize it
For men, hair loss, medically called androgenic alopecia, has been accepted as an effect of ageing and subsequently changes in hormonal balance. The way in which it develops is different from women.
In men, alopecia usually begins above the temples, and the receding hairline eventually forms a characteristic “M” shape. Also, the hair loss advances at the top of the head thinning the hair in this area, gradually progressing to baldness. In women the start of the androgenetic alopecia manifests itself with gradual thinning at the part line, followed by increasing diffuse hair loss radiating from the top of the head. An important fact that should be noted here is that alopecia for women is different from men, a woman’s hairline rarely recedes, and women rarely become bald.
What causes it
The causes for hair loss in women are numerous and complex. They range from medical conditions, medications to physical or emotional stress. If you observe hair loss, it is vital to see a dermatologist to establish the cause and suitable treatment. Hair loss can be extremely distressing, and it can affect almost 40% of women to a certain degree. It can commence after puberty, but women tend to notice it in her 30-40s before the onset of menopause and if there is a family history of hair loss then the risk is higher.
One of the most common form of hair loss is androgenic alopecia or male/female pattern-hair-loss and this is driven largely by male hormones, called androgens which have an important role in both women and men in regulation of hair growth and normal sexual development and function. This type of hair loss may be inherited but it can also result from an underlying overproduction of androgens or even from an androgen-producing tumour on the ovary or pituitary or adrenal gland in which case it is related to increased androgen activity. Interestingly, unlike men, in women the exact role of androgens is more difficult to determine, nevertheless your doctor might advise to measure hormonal levels.
To make a long story short, our hair follicle have 3 phases: anagen – the period when it grows and is the longest in duration between 2-7 years, catagen – the second phase which is short when hair stops growing and detaches itself from the blood supply and finally a telogen phase – a resting phase which lasts around 3 months. No matter if you are a male or a female, your genes will predispose you to a shorter hair growing phase in androgenic alopecia and a longer hair shedding phase and as a result the hair follicle will also look shorter, thinner with less pigment called vellus hair in comparison to normal, pigmented terminal hair.
How we can treat it
Hair loss treatments have seen a great development in current times ranging from the more complex surgical hair restauration interventions to off shelf supplements and medication promising great results.
At Skinglow clinic, we opted for using the regenerative power of your own body to stop the hair loss and stimulate its growth. It’s safe, natural and without any side effects as it uses your own growth factors to reverse the hair loss process.
We treat androgenetic alopecia also known as male or female-pattern hair loss, offering a specific selection of non-surgical treatments to stop the effects of alopecia and to deliver promising results.
PRP, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or vampire therapy is a treatment that essentially uses your own blood’s stem cells and growth factors to help facilitate the regeneration of the hair follicles. PRP represents a highly concentrated solution of activated platelets known to be extremely effective in accelerating natural healing processes and rejuvenation of the treated area.
PRP has been used for years in orthopaedic medicine for impressive tissue healing effects and has gone through numerous clinical trials with remarkable results in skin rejuvenation and hair loss. It also addresses conditions like stretch marks, acne and scar improvement and most importantly, hair loss.
How PRP works:
The procedure involves placing a small sample of blood drawn from the patient into a special device that separates red blood cells from plasma, which is rich in platelets that contain growth factors. PRP( platelet rich plasma) is directly injected into the patient’s scalp to stimulate hair growth. The procedure can be combined with microneedling treatment, various vitamins and growth factors to augment the hair stimulating effects. PRP is a safe and effective hair loss treatment that has the potential to greatly improve this bothersome condition after 4-6 monthly sessions. This scientifically proven therapy is delivered by micro injections into the hair thinning areas of your scalp in 30-45 minutes, but not before numbing the treated area.
There is no downtime for this PRP treatment and patients can resume normal daily activities. It should be noted that strenuous physical activity, swimming, sauna and alcohol is to be avoided for 24-48 hours after the procedure. The results of PRP start to appear after 3 sessions, but it depends on the extent and your type of hair loss.