Hair loss is an extremely common problem for both men and women, and one with which most people are familiar. However, many are under the mistaken impression that all hair loss stems from the same cause, and so requires the same basic treatment. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are many different forms of hair loss, and even the most common of these can behave differently depending on whether they are affecting a man or a woman. Similarly, the treatment methods used to treat hair loss need to be specifically tailored to both the condition involved and the needs of the individual patient. Fortunately, our hair loss specialists are constantly researching the latest advances in the field of hair restoration. Here are just a few of the more innovative and effective hair loss treatment options that are available at The Griffin Center.
Platelets, one of the primary components of human blood, help facilitate clotting, promote tissue regeneration, and secrete growth factors that initiate cell regrowth. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is created by spinning a sample of the patient’s blood in a centrifuge, separating the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma components. For many years, this separated platelet rich plasma has been used to speed the recovery of patients who have suffered from a variety of sports injuries and other forms of trauma, as well as in certain facial rejuvenation treatments. Within the last decade, it has been used extensively to treat hair loss as well. Injecting platelet rich plasma into the scalp can increase the size and healthiness of hair follicles that have begun to shrink as a result of androgenetic alopecia, or genetic pattern baldness. PRP can also be used in conjunction with either follicular unit grafting or FUE (NeoGraft®) surgical hair transplantation procedures to help counteract “shock loss” and to encourage newly grafted follicular units to take root and begin to grow.
Red Light Laser Therapy
Approximately fifty years ago, scientists discovered that exposure to a very specific wavelength of red light not only helped reduce inflammation, but also helped accelerate the regeneration of damaged tissue. Since then, further research has determined that this same wavelength of light, when applied directly to the scalp, increases the energy production around unhealthy hair follicle cells, stimulating them from dormancy into an active growth phase and increasing the production of thicker hair strands. Red light laser therapy helps treat the ongoing effects of progressive hair loss by exposing the scalp to concentrated red light two to four times a week for four to six months. This treatment is usually administered with a hood type device, similar to the commercial hair dryers one might find at a hair salon, but patients can also purchase a portable in-home iGrow® hair growth system if they prefer.
There are many different forms of hair loss, and each requires a thorough diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. That’s why even though prescription medications to treat hair loss, like minoxidil and finasteride, have been around for decades, our advanced research team continues our work to perfect prescription compounds that are custom blended for each patient to meet their individual health requirements and to address their specific type of hair loss.
At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and the new Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, board certified dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis can provide customized hair restoration treatment plans to men and women suffering from a variety of different conditions. If you have questions about any of the procedures and treatments that may be able to help you, or would like to have the cause of your hair loss diagnosed by Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration at (404) 256-4369 to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.