Hair Loss: Nothing to Scratch Your Head About

Most of us place a great deal of importance on our hair. For this reason,  losing hair can lead to significant emotional stress. You should consult a dermatologist if your hair starts to shed in large amounts or becomes noticeably thinner.  Doctors can diagnose most causes of hair loss, and with proper diagnosis, can treat it. 

Today we have numerous ways to treat hereditary hair loss. The earlier treatment you start treatment, the better the long term results. Treatments include finasteride (Propecia), dutasteride (Avodart), minoxidil (Rogaine), and spironolactone. Furthermore, for some, surgical hair transplant is an option.

Causes

Alopecia Areeata  (AA) is a common cause of hair loss in children and adults. This generally occurs as smooth coin-sized bald areas. Fortunately, most cases are treatable with localized injections of dilute cortisone. Sometimes AA can be widespread, but very rarely will progress to total baldness. Although we dont know the exact cause of AA, regrowth is usually possible if treatment is begun in the early stages, even in severe cases.

Sometimes physical stresses like high fever, surgery, child birth and some medications can cause hair loss. Due to this, it is important to list all drugs and illnesses that have occurred within 6 months of the onset of hair loss. Extreme weight loss can also precipitate hair loss. This may be due to lack of protein so a healthy diet is important to your recovery. Birth control pills can also cause hair loss as can stopping birth control pills. This type of hair loss generally lasts 3-6 months.

Retress is a new a product we have added to our hair loss treatment. It is a dermatologist-deveopled product and studies have shown a high percent of patients experience significant substantial improvement.

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Treating Hair Loss with PRP

New research has shown that injections of PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma) can stimulate hair growth from numerous conditions.

WHAT IS PRP?

PRP was first developed in the 1970s and first used in Italy in 1987 in an open heart surgery procedure. PRP therapy began gaining popularity in the mid 1990s. Since, many different medical fields such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, sports medicine and pain management have been using it.

Our blood contains Platelet Rich Plasma, but in a less concentrated form. To produce the PRP necessary for treatment, Dr. Ginsburg will draw blood from the patient and process it in a centrifuge. This will separate the PRP from the rest of the blood. Once extracted, the solution is then injected into the scalp with a microneedle. This will stimulate growth factors in your blood. As a result, hair begins to grow.

The theoretical basis for the use of PRP in tissue repair is due to the efficacy of certain growth factors in healing various injuries.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The actual procedure takes about an hour or two depending on the area treated. PRP therapy shows some immediate results are. However, optimal results are usually produced after a number of treatments. Depending on your treatment plan, doctors may recommend PRP every 3-6 months, or as frequent as every 2-4 weeks. Patients will see results after about 2-4 months and the results will last for about a year.

A man, combing back his thinning hair to reveal his receding hairline.
Hair loss has many causes, and many solutions. Find your solution today at Ginsburg Dermatology.

Schedule an Appointment

PRP can be beneficial for people of all ages, races, and genders. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ginsburg to find out if PRP is the right choice for you. Making hair loss a thing of the past is only one phone call away!