So you’ve started to lose your hair. Perhaps you have noticed a few extra strands on your pillow or around the shower drain, or maybe it has just become clear that there are parts of your scalp that are much more noticeable than they once were. First, it’s important to realize that you are not alone. Sudden or gradual hair loss affects more than 50 million people world-wide and more than 60% of men and women can be expected to experience some form of noticeable hair loss by the time they are sixty years old. Hair loss can affect anyone – men, women, and even children. Effectively treating the many different forms of hair loss is the reason that The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research was founded almost forty years ago and it is our goal to make sure that our patients understand all of the options that are available.
Although the majority of hair loss, or alopecia, is the result of pattern baldness, a genetic trait that causes the follicles to shrink and eventually stop producing hair, this is certainly not its only cause. Hair loss can also be the result of a number of different factors, including trauma, certain medications, or even an underlying medical condition. Finding the most effective treatment for your specific form of hair loss requires a thorough understanding of its underlying causes, which is why, at The Griffin Center, we firmly believe that every case of alopecia requires its own diagnosis. There is no “one size fits all” treatment for hair loss, so your first step should entail a thorough examination by Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis, our highly experienced hair restoration specialists.
Once the cause of your hair loss has been established, we can move on to determining what course of treatment is best for you. In cases where the hair loss is only beginning to manifest and has not progressed too far, various non-surgical hair loss treatments can be extremely effective in slowing or even stopping hair loss, helping you hold on to the hair you already have. The oral medication finasteride has been shown to stop the progression of hair loss in 86% of men during clinical trials, and 65% of those taking the medication have reported a “substantial” increase in hair growth. The topical medication minoxidil has also achieved impressive results in 30% to 60% of cases. After performing a careful evaluation, we are often able to formulate custom blends of topical prescription medications to meet specific patient needs. Additionally, technologically advanced treatment methods like Red Light Therapy can inhibit inflammation and increase the metabolic activity within the skin cells of the scalp, helping to maintain the hair on the head and prevent further thinning.
For those whose hair loss is more advanced, hair restoration surgery can often restore significant coverage and provide permanent, natural looking results. During the procedure, clusters of growing hair follicles, called follicular units, are taken from healthy areas of the patient’s scalp and transplanted by hand into tiny, custom sized incisions in bald or thinning areas. When properly placed and angled by our experienced surgeons, these miniature follicular grafts work together to create a soft, organic hair line that grows just like the rest of your natural hair. Whether the follicular units are collected using a traditional incision at the back of the scalp, or through follicular unit extraction with the NeoGraft® device, patients who have benefited from this procedure agree that the natural-looking results are worth it.
If you have additional questions about your own hair loss, or are interested in any of the hair restoration treatments we offer at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, please contact Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.