Hair Loss Treatment
HAIR LOSS TREATMENT
Treatment will depend on many factors, including the cause of nonscarring alopecia, how much hair loss has occurred, and what the aesthetic goals are for the patient. Dr. Patel offers a complete nonsurgical management approach to hair loss for patients who have thinning or balding and who wish to slow, stop and even reverse hair loss. Nonsurgical and surgical treatments are described below.
- Hair & Scalp Therapy using Volumizing Glycolic Acid Shampoo and Conditioner
- Nutritional modification, including dietary changes and Aminoplex hair repair supplements
- Medication such as Finasteride (brand name: Propecia®) and Minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine®)
- Low Level Laser Therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with Placenta-Derived Extracellular Matrix Therapy
- Scalp Micropigmentation
- Camouflaging Hair Products
When it comes to non-surgical treatments for hair loss, it’s important to understand how they work, what their expectations and limitations are, and what possible side effects may occur. Dr. Patel discusses the importance of six main principles when it comes to any form of non-surgical therapy.
- Non-surgical treatments do not bring back completely bald areas. That is the limitation of non-surgical treatments.
- While there might be some dormant roots (under the skin) that can be rejuvenated, their main purpose is the following:
- For some patients the treatments delay the speed in which one loses. Meaning, you will continue to lose but at a much slower pace had you not started treatment. Essentially, you are buying time for researchers to find better, more effective treatments to help limit or prevent further hair loss.
- For some patients they will notice their hair loss stop. Many patients report that the treatment continues to keep their hair in place despite being on them for years.
- For some patients, they not only slow down or stop losing hair, but they also notice their thin, wispy hairs re-thicken. By thickening up the thinning areas, you can more easily camouflage the bald areas in between. Therefore, thickening the hair creates an illusion that new hair formed from the bald areas, when in fact the surrounding hairs became thicker. Of course this benefits people who have early forms of hair thinning and hair loss.
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how someone will respond to each treatment. Therefore, results vary.
- Treatment results may take at least 4-6 months to show but can take up to one year.
- For certain treatments, compliance with daily use is recommended for you to optimize your outcome. The most common cause of not responding to treatment is the lack of compliance.
- Treatments must be used life-long (yes, forever!) in order to maintain results. Hair loss is a chronic condition that can worsen as you age. Therefore, should you stop treatment at any point, you will lose the benefits it provided for you (slowing, stopping, and/or re-thickening) within a few short months and you will continue to lose your hair as you were destined to lose.
- Hair shedding with any non-surgical treatment is a normal, physiological process that can occur for up to 8-12 weeks. As the roots under the skin absorb the new treatments, they analyze each hair shaft they’ve created. If the hair shafts are weak and thin, a new hair shaft is created. As the new hair shafts grow in length, it pushes out the old, weaker hair shaft.
For general hair loss that is related to nonscarring alopecia, surgical treatment can help regain a full head of hair. Hair transplant technology has made significant advancements and allows men and women to restore their hair loss in a perfectly natural way. There are two surgical approaches to consider:
FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPORTATION ( FUT ) :
Known as the “strip method”, which uses an incision to remove a strip of hair and tissue from the back of the scalp and dissect the strip into individual hair grafts. The grafts are then transplanted to the areas of thinning and balding.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION ( FUE ) :
This technique uses advanced technology to remove individual hair grafts (1-4 hairs) and then transfer these hairs to the areas of balding and thinning.
Both surgeries are widely used by hair transplant surgeons and create similar outcomes for patients. The difference between the two is in the way the hair is removed from the donor site (the back of the scalp).
For those patients that require surgery, Dr. Patel offers the latest in Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transportation(FUT), the most advanced minimally invasive procedure to date. While 95%-98% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness is due to genetics, hormones and aging, women often times may have multiple causes for their hair loss. As a result, a multi-therapeutic approach to combating hair loss may be necessary to effectively slow down or stop hair loss, improve the quality of hair you have, and even restore hair that has been lost.
PREVENT + RESTORE
The hair loss prevention and restoration industry has exploded in recent years.
Men and women worldwide spend billions of dollars per year on shampoos, vitamins and nutritional supplements, hairpieces, lotions and pills. Despite all the time and money spent on hair loss products, they may never see the results they want. New advances in medical and surgical techniques and technology have made it possible for both men and women to slow their hair loss, reverse and restore it. Dr. Patel offers a wide range of advanced nonsurgical treatments including his own therapeutic hair and scalp products, specially compounded hair growth medications, nutritional supplementation and dietary modifications, low level laser therapy, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) with placenta-derived extracellular matrix therapy.
Because hair loss that occurs with scarring alopecia is likely permanent, it is important to begin treatment in the early phases, since it may be possible to stimulate follicles in the affected area before permanent damage occurs. Most importantly, the nature of treatment varies depending on the particular diagnosis. To help with inflammation, antibiotics and/or topical steroids may be applied directly to the skin. Once the diagnosis has been made, it is still possible to save the hair follicles that have not yet been destroyed by stimulating them with either Minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine®), growth factors such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) with placenta-derived extracellular matrix therapy, and even low level laser therapy. After the disease has been inactive for a period of 1 or 2 years, hair transplant surgery may be an option for patients who wish to restore the bald areas. Hair can be taken from the back of the scalp using Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and transplanted to the front where balding has occurred.