One of the things that some people don’t realize about hair loss is that it is not a single condition with a single, easily-identifiable cause. It is actually quite complicated, and can result from any one of several different genetic conditions, diseases, or even environmental factors. Last month, in our blog, we talked about the four most common causes of hair loss. This month, we’d like to outline just a few of the many different treatment options that we use at The Griffin Center to address them.
- Nutritional Shakes and Supplements: Some forms of hair loss can be caused by nutritional problems like inadequate protein or vitamin deficiencies. Moreover, certain commercially available protein shakes and energy drinks can actually make hair loss worse. At The Griffin Center we can provide specially formulated nutritional shakes and supplements that can address those issues safely and effectively.
- Prescription Medications: There are two medications that are FDA approved for the treatment of genetic pattern hair loss: minoxidil (Rogaine®) and finasteride (Propecia® and Proscar®). At the Griffin Center, we can prescribe either, or both, depending on how we diagnose your hair loss and your individual needs. We can even mix prescription medications into a custom formulated topical compound to help your particular hair loss.
- Red Light Laser Therapy: Treating the scalp with a specific wavelength of focused red-spectrum light can increase the energy production around unhealthy hair follicle cells. Regular treatments with red light laser therapy stimulate the follicles from dormancy into active growth, increasing the production of thicker hair strands.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments: A concentrated solution of the patient’s own blood platelets, when injected into key areas of the scalp, can increase the size and healthiness of hair follicles, promoting growth while slowing the progression of some forms of hair loss.
- Micro-Needling with Growth Factors: Using a specialized tool composed of several short, ultra-fine needles, we inject a customized blend of growth factors a few millimeters underneath the skin. Micro-needling treatments for hair loss stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and encourage hair follicles to transition into an actively growing state.
- Hair Transplantation Surgery: The factors that cause hair loss do not affect all hair follicles equally, so transplanting follicles from the back or sides of the scalp into areas where the hair has started to thin can dramatically improve overall appearance. At The Griffin Center, we have decades of experience with both the follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit grafting (FUG) techniques, and will use the method that is best suited to a patient’s hair loss pattern.
Each and every case of hair loss is unique, and a successful treatment requires a thorough diagnosis and a personalized hair restoration treatment plan. That’s why Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis always say that it’s the details that make the difference. If you fear that you may be starting to experience hair loss, and would like to learn what specific options might be right for you, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research or the Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on the Griffin Center Facebook page, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.