Have you noticed thinning of your hair or an increase in the amount of hair on your comb, brush and on your towel or pillow? Hair loss can lead to emotional stress, lack of self-esteem, and a change in overall well-being. Hair loss can be treated.
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles located in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, the older cells are pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of one inch every 2 months. The average adult has about 90,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 per day; so finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily cause for alarm.
At any one time, about 90% of the hair on a person’s scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases:
- Anagen — active hair growth that lasts between two to six years
- Catagen — transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
- Telogen — resting phase that lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again.
There are a numerous options for treatment, all using different approaches with the goal of lengthening the growth phase (anagen) and slowing down the resting phase (telogen). As people age their rate of hair growth slows.
Hair loss can have many causes; the most common is a genetic propensity with “Androgenic Alopecia” (AGA) being the most common type of hair loss worldwide.
The hair follicle has a genetic sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a by-product of testosterone. Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT begin to miniaturize, thus shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle. Eventually, these affected follicles stop producing cosmetically acceptable hair. In addition the oil production also decreases and is more pronounced in women.
Purple Lily Aesthetics is now offering treatment of androgenic alopecia with the use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), obtained from your own blood. PRP has emerged as another mode of treatment for hair loss. PRP is a concentrated preparation of your own platelets, which release multiple growth factors, and other factors which promote cell proliferation, differentiation and angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation). The PRP has been found to act on the bulb area of the hair follicles reversing hair loss and thus promoting hair growth and enhancing hair thickness. The PRP is injected into the scalp after numbing the area to be treated with a local anesthetic. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour. Several treatments are recommended. Individual results will vary depending on the degree of hair loss and any other underlying causes.
Not all PRP is the same! For optimal results, PRP concentration of 4 to 6 times baseline is required. The higher concentration PRP will cost more and be more effective.
You should seriously consider getting pricing information from a variety of providers taking care to inquire about the PRP method being used to be certain the facility is using an FDA approved harvesting method.
Purple Lily has invested in the PRP produced using the Harvest® SmartPrep® Multicellular Processing System which delivers the highest concentration and yield of platelets when compared to 12 other systems
Androgenic hair loss accounts for approximately 95% of hair loss in men. The underlying genetic factor makes the hair follicle sensitive the dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Progressive thinning of the hair occurs along with shrinkage of the hair follicle, which ultimately leads to the inability to grow thick, full hair.
Male pattern baldness typically begins by a receding temple and thinning at the vertex of the scalp.
The prevalence of female pattern hair loss (FPHL) appears to advance with age and menopause. Twelve percent of women first develop clinically detectable hair loss by age 29 years and more than 50% have some element of hair loss by 79 years of age. As women approach menopause, their estrogen levels decline and levels of androgens can increase causing a relative increase in DHT. These women—just like men—have a genetic propensity for follicular miniaturization.
The appearance may include a thinning and widening of the midline part with minimal hair loss to the frontal and temporal regions. Women can also present with diffuse thinning, which makes it more difficult to diagnose. Women often have multifactorial causes related to hair loss.
There are recommended diagnostic tests for women to look for other causes, as treatment of any abnormality may reverse or slow down the hair loss. This should be discussed with your primary care physician. Treatment with PRP however can still be performed.
- Nonsurgical hair restoration with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) offered at Purple Lily
- Minoxidil 2% & 5% (side effects: headaches and hair growth on other parts of the body)
- Finasteride (contraindicated for women of child-bearing age, can also cause loss of libido)
- Ketoconazole 2% shampoo (anti-fungal medication, mechanism or action unclear)
- Low-level laser light therapy (LLLT) (used in conjunction with other methods for hair restoration)
- PRP and ACell
- Microneedling (typically used in conjunction with PRP)
- Topical products (fibers to simulate thicker hair or to darken the scalp)
- Oral supplements (zinc, copper, biotin)
- Topical growth factors
- Surgical hair restoration (most common is follicular unit transplant, costly)
Have you been thinking about your own hair loss and ways to slow that process down? As long as the hair follicle is present, then PRP may be right for you. Once the “Hair Follicle” is gone, it is too late to start treatment with PRP! Today is the day to learn about PRP and what it may do for you.