Losing Your Hair? This Can Help
In the United States, 35 million men and 21 million women
are currently experiencing some extent of hair loss. These cases range in severity, from barely noticeable patches of thinning hair to large, unsightly bald spots. For many men, signs of hair loss can occur early in adulthood, resulting in obvious deterioration well before the age of 30. For women, hair loss can be exceedingly difficult to consider, with signs of degeneration causing feelings of depression and lowered self-esteem. Regardless of gender, hair loss can be an embarrassing reminder of aging and – if left unaddressed – can make sufferers look and feel much older than they should.
For years, hair loss sufferers have been experimenting with various hair restoration remedies that promise unbelievable results. These remedies have included medications, topical products, and surgical transplants. In many cases, these options show superficial and inconsistent results, which only serve to create additional frustration and uncertainty among patients.
Enter the Secret Weapon: Microneedling
Microneedling addresses hair loss by targeting problem areas and stimulating the body’s natural growth factors. Tiny needles, like those used in acupuncture therapy, penetrate the skin’s outer layer at specific depths to trigger healing processes and promote the growth of new hair follicles. The additional use of topical products, such as Omni Hair Restorative Complex
, provides enhanced results by prompting increased methods for healing and rejuvenation.
Microneedling was originally developed to help reestablish the youthfulness of aged skin. Shortly after its inception, scientists discovered that the same procedure dermatologists were using to help stimulate their patients’ natural wound-healing processes was also capable of promoting accelerated growth in hair follicles. Thus, microneedling quickly popularized among hair loss sufferers because of its quick and noticeable results. Millions of men and women alike have since sought microneedling services to help restore hair loss.
Considering the range of benefits offered through microneedling (including various anti-aging uses in addition to hair restoration), the procedure itself is surprisingly simple. When our bodies experience dermal wounding, naturally occurring growth factors are triggered, activating stem cells found in the base of our hair follicles. These stem cells react to growth factors by creating new hair in areas currently experiencing nominal production. When performed in a series of treatments, microneedling can have tremendous effects on hair restoration over relatively short periods of time, making it much more efficient and viable than alternative treatment options and procedures.
Turbocharging Microneedling with PRP
PRP hair treatment is a relatively new option that turbocharges the effect of microneedling. With PRP, your own plasma is injected into the scalp through the microneedling process. This plasma contains platelets, which are natural occurring cells in our bodies that contain growth factors and proteins for the purpose of promoting tissue growth and wound healing. These growth factors stimulate the base of the hair follicles where stem cells are located, with the result being new hair that is longer and thicker.
Collecting the plasma is simple. First, 30ml to 60ml of blood is drawn from your arm. Second, your blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. Third, the platelet-rich plasma is extracted and used in the microneedling process.
It can be difficult to accept the fate of hair loss, especially for women and young men. With microneedling, however, the prospects need not be as absolute and unpreventable as they have been in the past. Contact us
today to find out more about microneedling and how this service can greatly reverse the effects of hair degeneration.
Will Dyeing and Bleaching Contribute to Hair Loss?
It should come as no surprise that introducing chemical vehicles designed to augment the color of one’s hair is not ideal for maintaining hair health. But to what extent do products containing peroxide, ammonia, and other popular hair coloring agents affect the structure and vitality of our hair?
We have all seen the result of overdyed or overbleached hair; the straw-like consistency that comes from zapping vital nutrients from hair follicles over long periods of time. But what are the long-term effects? Does dyeing and bleaching lead to any prolonged consequences which might contribute to hair loss?
The Answer is Yes and No
The short answer is … kind of. Although dyes and bleaches are known to damage existing hair follicles, and can cause treated hair to become so damaged that it falls out, the effects of these agents are not associated with inhibiting new hair growth. This is due to the inability of these chemicals to penetrate deep into the scalp where the base of the hair follicle resides. This means that, while patients can experience temporary hair loss due to dyes and bleaches, permanent hair loss is not likely.
One of the most common ingredients found in hair-lightening products is hydrogen peroxide, favored for its ability to oxidize the melanin responsible for producing hair color. This oxidation weakens the hair cuticle and results in the disruption of key proteins. These factors combine to result in brittle hair that is much more susceptible to breakage. Likewise, other ingredients designed to darken hair – such as phenylenediamine (PPD) – can lead to skin irritation and further hair degradation.
Some Good News
The good news is that hair loss triggered by dyes and bleaching agents is not permanent, and steps can be made to regain hair strength and prevent further hair loss.
At Dermatology Consultants
, we offer an array of hair products and services meant to not only improve the look and feel of your hair, but also boost hair health and promote new hair growth.
Products such as Nutrafol
and Omni Hair Restorative Complex
are terrific adjuncts to hair therapy treatments and aid in naturally – and safely – restoring hair growth. These products can be used as either stand-alone treatments or in conjunction with other products and services designed specifically for hair rejuvenation.
Microneedling with growth factors, topical products, and nutritional supplements also help restore hair growth, and are great options for those who have struggled with other methods for treating hair loss.
Although dyes and bleaches damage hair, patients who have used these products have no need to worry about permanent hair loss. However, to improve the health and overall look of hair, prevent future hair loss from occurring, or treat current hair loss caused by other factors, visit Dermatology Consultants for a full hair evaluation.