For more than forty years, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been on the forefront of hair loss treatment. While our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis, are known for achieving extremely natural looking results from hair transplantation surgery, we have also spent a great deal of time researching and developing a variety of non-surgical hair restoration treatments. From various oral and topical prescription medications to advanced techniques like red light laser and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, we constantly strive to create customized treatment plans that will give our patients the best possible results. Now we are proud to be able to add yet another non-surgical treatment for hair loss to our arsenal: microneedling with growth factors.
One of the most common difficulties that topical skin and hair treatments have to overcome is the fact that the skin itself can often prevent them from working. New skin cells are constantly being formed in the deepest part of the epidermis. They start out as fat and square but slowly flatten out and die as they are pushed to the surface by new cells. This means that the outermost layer of the skin is actually made up of dead skin cells acting as a kind of “armor” for the cells underneath. For any medication to actually have an effect, it needs to first get through this protective barrier so it can act directly on the living, growing skin cells. One of the best ways that this can be accomplished is through microneedling.
Used for many years as a way to help alleviate some of the more common signs of facial aging, microneedling is done with a specialized tool composed of several short, ultra-fine needles. These needles penetrate no farther than a few millimeters into the skin, but the minor, temporary damage they cause stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, effectively “jump-starting” the skin’s natural regenerative abilities. When performed on the scalp, microneedling encourages hair follicles to transition into the actively growing state, just like platelet rich plasma therapy, but without the need to take any blood from the patient. Instead, the microneedling procedure allows us to inject a customized blend of growth factors into the deeper layers of the skin, where they can directly affect the hair follicles.
A single microneedling treatment, which can be done either to help restore hair growth or prevent further hair loss, typically takes about thirty minutes, and can be safely performed in our offices. Usually four to six sessions are necessary in order to achieve the best possible results. Microneedling in combination with custom growth factors offers a minimally invasive alternative to patients who are hesitant to undergo platelet rich plasma therapy or who are unsuitable candidates for hair transplantation surgery. If you are interested in learning more about your non-surgical and/or surgical hair restoration options follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full consultation and determine what treatment options are right for you.