Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Basics

For tens of millions of men and women, thinning hair and hair loss is a major concern. Many first notice that their scalp is shining through, they find more hair on the pillow or in the drain, or notice that their hairline is receding somewhat. Often they feel like the hair loss was sudden because they saw themselves in a photo, where the back or top of their head is more visible than when they look in the mirror, revealing the results of a progressive hair loss they didn’t realize was occurring.

Hair Growth Cycle

Each hair’s root is in a follicle where it receives nourishment from your blood supply. Hair grows in a three-stage cycle that repeats over time. Anagen is the active growing phase, Catagen is intermediary and Telogen is the resting phase. At any given time, the majority of the hairs on your head are in the active growing Anagen phase, which lasts two to seven years. Catagen typically lasts two to three weeks and Telogen, the resting phase, lasts three or four months. It is during Telogen that a new hair pushes out the old one from the follicle. The hairs you see in your comb or brush are from the Telogen phase.

An average healthy adult will have approximately 150,000 hair follicles by their late teens. The average person loses 100 Telogen hairs/day and grows 100 Anagen hairs. As we get older, the normal growth stage slows with fewer hairs in the Anagen phase and a higher percentage in Telogen, which results in thinning or baldness. Due to a variety of factors, follicles may produce thinner, less pigmented hair as we age.

Genetic Risk for Baldness

Contrary to popular belief, the baldness trait can be passed on from either parent’s side of the family. Due to advances in understanding our genetic make-up, we now know there are about 200 genes involved in the regulation of hair characteristics. There is a genetic test available, HairDx, that can provide your genetic risk for hereditary baldness, with a 70-80% accuracy.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Hair Restoration

In most cases, hair loss is a treatable condition that you can control. Restoring and regrowing hair can help you feel more youthful and sexy, while also contributing to your overall wellbeing and self-confidence. If you want a beautiful new head of hair consider a strategy that includes these non-surgical options:

Platelet rich Plasma (PRP): PRP contains your body’s natural healing elements and growth factors within the platelets in your blood. This mixture is collected, concentrated and painlessly injected into your scalp to rejuvenate the follicles and stimulate hair regrowth during a simple 1 hour procedure.

Laser hair therapy: FDA cleared low level lasers are simple to use at home and have been proven to enhance hair thickness and quality.

Topical and oral medication: Specially compounded medications such as topical minoxidil (Formula 82M) and an oral Finasteride based option (FinnPlus) are superior with fewer side effects.

Nutritionals and vitamins: High dose Biotin, Vivascal Professional, Nutrafol, RegeneMax, can make your hair stronger and shinier.

Men and Women who are concerned about thinning or hair loss should contact Dr. Ebanks at Alternity Healthcare to determine the most effective treatment regimen for their specific needs.