Several months ago, board-certified dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis founded The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, a new center exclusively devoted to addressing the unique issues associated with women’s hair restoration. During the forty years of treating the various forms of hair loss at The Griffin Center, they had found that even though it was often overlooked, women’s hair loss posed a very specific and often complicated set of problems that were distinct from those of male patients. Specifically, women were more likely to experience hair loss as a result of a wider variety of conditions and, because hair loss was in many cases diffuse, they were not always ideal candidates for hair transplantation surgery. To address these concerns, they developed a menu of combination treatment plans that could be customized to each patient’s individual needs, made up of many of the most advanced non-surgical hair loss treatment options available.
Custom Formulated Prescription Topical Solutions
Most know that the drug minoxidil, which is commonly sold under the trade name Rogaine®, is one of the only medications clinically proven to slow the progression of some forms of hair loss and, in some cases, to help regrow healthy hair. Our ongoing research at The Griffin Center has discovered that other drugs can, when properly combined, help improve the effectiveness of this remedy even further. Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis perform an in-depth diagnosis of every case of hair loss, and then can custom blend topical medications that are specifically formulated to address a specific patient’s individual hair restoration needs.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Recently featured in a segment on the morning television show Good Morning America, Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) is one of the most exciting new treatments for hair loss today. Injecting a concentrated solution of the patient’s own blood platelets suspended in a small volume of plasma directly into the scalp stimulates the healing process while simultaneously accelerating the speed and degree of regeneration in the damaged tissue. This can cause the shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing thicker and fuller hair growth. Platelet rich plasma is a particularly versatile treatment method which can also be used during hair transplantation surgery both as a medium for transitioning hair follicles during surgery and to accelerate 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.
Red Light Laser Therapy
A specific wavelength of focused, red-spectrum light has been found to increase the energy production around hair follicles, waking the cells from dormancy into an active growth phase and increasing their overall metabolic activity. Red light laser therapy works by using either a hood type device (similar to the commercial hair dryers you might find at a hair salon) or the portable LaserCap® or iGrow® device, to expose the scalp to this form of light for 15-30 minutes, two to four times per week, stimulating the hair follicles to prevent further thinning and, in some cases, even re-growing some of the hair that has been lost.
These are just a few of the advanced non-surgical hair restoration techniques that can be incorporated into one of our customized treatment plans. If you have questions about your hair loss, or would like more information about what Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis can do for you, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and schedule an appointment for a consultation. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.