For many men and women, hair restoration surgery is the most effective method for restoring thicker and fuller hair, but it is not the only option available. Some patients, particularly those in the early stages of hair loss, may not require the time and expense of a surgical hair transplantation procedure. Moreover, certain forms of hair loss may be easily correctable with various alternative forms of treatment. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we are devoted to exploring all of the avenues for treating hair loss so that we can custom design a treatment plan that is best suited to each patient’s individual requirements.
One alternative treatment method that has proven effective is Red Light Laser Therapy. By exposing the patient’s scalp to a specific frequency of focused, red-spectrum light we are able to reduce inflammation and increase the energy production around the individual hair follicles, waking cells from dormancy into an active growth phase. Red light treatment is most frequently used to maintain the hair on the head and prevent further thinning, but many patients have also experienced notable regrowth as well. In many cases this is used as an adjunct therapy to complement our custom formulated topical compound medications in order to help them achieve optimal results. Red light therapy can be administered with a hood type device (similar to the commercial hair dryers you might find at a hair salon), with the portable, in-home iGrow® hair growth system, or with the LaserCap®, a discreet, portable device that can be worn underneath an ordinary baseball cap.
Another exciting development in hair loss treatment is the use of platelet rich plasma as a means of stimulating hair growth in both deteriorating and newly implanted hair follicles. By spinning the patient’s own blood in a centrifuge and separating it into its component parts, we can distill a highly concentrated solution of platelets suspended in a small volume of plasma. This concentrate of platelet rich plasma, when re-injected into the dermis of the scalp, can cause shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing thicker and fuller hair growth. Moreover, platelet rich plasma also speeds up the transition of the hair follicle from the dormant telogen state back to the actively growing anagen state, reducing the necessary recovery time after hair restoration surgery. This makes platelet rich plasma ideal for use in conjunction with hair transplant procedures and as a stand-alone treatment in men and women with specific types of hair loss.
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+.