At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research we believe that educating patients about all of their options is the best way to achieve long-lasting hair restoration results. Last month, we explained the many forms of hair loss, but that’s only half of the story. One of the reasons that we take so much care to fully diagnose every case of hair loss is that specific causes and treatments really need to be carefully matched in order to get the best possible outcomes. There are almost as many different treatments for hair loss as there are causes, and at the Griffin Center we offer our patients the widest possible array of options.
Prevention with Nutrition:
Most men and women experiencing hair loss would prefer to have kept full, thick hair for their entire lives, but unfortunately that is rarely possible. It is estimated that as many as 65% of men and up to 80% of women will have experienced noticeable hair loss by the age of 60. However, since so many forms of hair loss can potentially result from other health issues, leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining good nutrition can often help a great deal. A diet rich in protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, with adequate amounts of vitamins D, C, biotin, and folic acid, is believed to significantly contribute to healthy hair growth. At The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss we have been achieving extremely promising results with a variety of nutritional supplements that are designed to contribute to healthy hair growth.
Topical and Oral Medications:
For a non-surgical approach, many patients have had a great deal of success with topical and oral medications for hair loss. Extra-Strength Rogaine® (5% minoxidil), can increase the size of shrunken hair follicles, keeping them in the growth phase longer. However, this is often not enough to fully counteract the progression of genetic pattern baldness, so we often recommend other topical or oral medications that help block dihydrotestosterone, the hormone believed to be primarily responsible for genetic pattern hair loss, by as much as 60%. At The Griffin Center, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis can also formulate custom blends of topical prescription medications in order to meet specific patient needs.
PRP and Red Light Therapy:
Both of these treatments have been extremely effective not only in slowing the progression of hair loss but also in helping to encourage new hair growth, particularly after hair transplant surgery. Red light therapy, administered either in our office, with the portable LaserCap®, or with the iGrow® device that can be worn at home, exposes the scalp to a specific wavelength of light that inhibits inflammation and increases the metabolic activity within the skin cells. PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, treats the follicles with a concentrated solution of the patients own blood that contains platelets and bioactive proteins to facilitate fuller, thicker hair growth.
Hair Transplantation Surgery:
Hair transplantation surgery involves removing healthy hair follicles that are naturally resistant to the DHT that causes genetic pattern hair loss from the back or sides of the head and placing them into regions that require additional density. Hair follicles can be harvested either by surgically removing a strip of skin in an FUT procedure or by removing individual follicular units, one at a time, through follicular unit extraction. Regardless of extraction method, however, a skilled and experienced surgeon must carefully place and angle each graft in order to achieve the most natural looking results.
These treatments represent just the tip of the iceberg. At The Griffin Center, we understand that every patient is unique and requires an individual diagnoses in order to find the hair loss treatment that is right for them. If you are suffering from hair loss and interested in what we can do for you, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration to schedule a consultation with Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.