Most people tend to panic when they first notice their hair thinning on top, however the good news is that there are treatments that are effective in slowing down and in some cases preventing hair loss. The most common cause for hair loss is hereditary and the likelihood of it increases with age. Alopecia is a condition that causes hair to fall out in patches, also known as male pattern baldness. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Speaking to a doctor who specialises in hair loss is the first step before starting any treatment.
Growth Factor Therapy is commonly associated with trauma care and wound healing, however it is also an effective treatment for prevention of hair loss. Growth Factors are natural substances in the body whose purpose is to stimulate the growth and proliferation of cells in the body that heal and repair. In this article we explain the hair growth cycle and Growth Factor Therapy for hair loss prevention.
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How Hair Grows
Hair growth occurs in 3 stages:
- Anagen: is the active phase of new hair formation and growth. The rapidly growing hair pushes the old hair in the follicle out as it grows. Hair on your scalp stays in anagen for 2-5 years. Most of your hair follicles (80-90%) are in anagen at any given time.
- Catagen: is a transitional phase where growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks away from the follicle wall and attaches to the root of the hair shaft. This phase lasts for 2-3 weeks and about 3% of all hair follicles are in this phase at any given time.
- Telogen: is the resting phase and lasts for about 100 days for scalp hair. The follicle is resting during this phase and it is during this time that hair can be either pulled out or shed. Around 10-15% of hair follicles are in telogen at any one time.
Hair Loss Prevention
There are various options when it comes to hair loss prevention, such as medicated shampoos, oral tablets and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy, also known as Growth Factor Therapy.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a foam or lotion that must be applied twice daily to help slow down or prevent hair loss. It is known to irritate the scalp, making it itchy or inflamed. Finasteride (Propecia) is a pill that can slow hair loss but needs to be taken indefinitely as once you stop, hair loss re-starts.
An alternative to daily lotions or pills PRP Therapy. Growth Factor Therapy which uses the body’s own cells to promote healing and stimulate hair growth.
The benefits of PRP include:
- Treatment is once a month vs daily or twice daily
- 100% natural, no side effects
- Minimally invasive vs traditional PRP
- PRP therapy is done by combining fractional skin needling and PRP injections whereas PRP is injected into scalp.
- More effective than traditional PRP
- When combined with fractional skin needling, all the weak hair follicles on the thinning scalp are reached and treated. The smaller platelet size of PRP therapy allows for it to be absorbed into the scalp more efficiently and avoids invasive subdermal injections.
PRP Therapy can be used to strengthen hair follicles as well as rejuvenate dormant hair follicles and trigger the growth of new hair.
If you are concerned about your hair thinning, don’t just accept it as inevitable. Come in and see us for a consultation so we can diagnose the cause and discuss hair loss prevention treatment with you. Our treatment options are personalised to individual requirements, based on sound medical knowledge and experience.
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