What Are My Treatment Options?
Over 50 million Americans, both men, and women are dealing with hair loss at any given time. A significant percentage of men display symptoms of hair loss by the time they have reached their mid-thirties. If you notice hair loss, you know how distressing it can be. Seeing your hair fall out can make you feel depressed and helpless, leading to feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Losing one's hair can even affect job performance and romantic relationships.
Although genetic hair loss has no definite cure, a growing number of treatments are available to help. You may find that you benefit from combining one or more treatments for cumulative results. Some factors that may influence your treatment decision include treatment effectiveness, your age, sex, overall medical condition, and treatment expense.
If you are distressed by thinning hair that negatively affects your appearance, there is something that you can do about it. Please reach out to Dr. Wiser by contacting his office today and scheduling a consultation so that we can help you improve the appearance of your hair.
What is male pattern baldness?
How can I learn why I am losing my hair?
Although genetics is a common cause of baldness, there are often other factors at play. Other conditions like hormonal imbalances, skin problems, and nutritional deficiencies can cause hair loss. Ultimately, an examination by Dr. Wiser can help get to the bottom of the cause of your hair loss to ensure that you receive the proper treatment for your situation.
What is Finasteride?
Some medications are available to combat hair loss by blocking the production of DHT within the body. The most popular treatment is Finasteride. Finasteride blocks up to 80 percent of DHT production and allows many men to slow their hair loss, halt hair loss, or even regrow hair in some cases.
Although considered safe to use, Finasteride has rare side effects like reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, and delayed ejaculation. These are reported in less than 1.5 percent of Finasteride users. However, these conditions are easily reversible by discontinuing the medication.
Can Botox help with thinning hair?
Scalp injections of Botox are believed to help with thinning hair by relaxing scalp muscles and boosting blood flow that increases the amount of nutrients that reach hair follicles. This particular hair restoration treatment seems to help those whose hair follicles still exist.
Treatment with Botox for hair loss is an extremely safe procedure; however, it must be repeated at least twice a year to obtain the best results.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), and does it work for restoring hair?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a medical treatment that was initially designed to treat certain types of injuries that were slow to heal. Professional athletes popularized this treatment. The older athletes found that undergoing PRP therapy helped speed up the healing process, allowing them to return to practice faster than they would otherwise.
PRP is extracted from the patient's blood. We withdraw a certain amount of blood and centrifuge it to separate the blood platelets and plasma. Blood platelets release multiple growth factors that significantly enhance the healing process.
PRP injections reduce hair loss, as well as increase hair density and the diameter of each hair follicle.
It has also been found that PRP treatments for hair loss result in hair growth for those with both alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness).
What should I expect during my PRP treatment for hair loss?
After we have withdrawn between 20 to 60cc of blood and created the PRP serum, we inject it into bald areas of your scalp. The entire procedure takes less than one hour, and most patients can resume normal activities immediately after their PRP treatment. To achieve satisfying results, you may need to repeat the procedure every 4-6 months.
It is essential to realize that PRP is not a cure for hair loss. To maintain any hair growth results that you experience, you would need multiple treatments over time. The frequency and number of PRP sessions you would require is dependent upon your specific condition.