One of the most feared cosmetic changes that running through in the human lives is the loss of hair. Unfortunately, all of us meet this problem of hairloss in our lives.
The hair makes an important part in self esteem and confidence. So the loss of one’s hair has a immense psychological impact on a human being. It may cause deep emotional trauma and loss of confidence. It’s as if one’s self confidence is getting questioned as the hair steadily disappears.
When you raise question ‘am I getting bald?’ the near and dear ones will give you the answer with so many suggestions about treatments.
Stages of Hair loss
Anagen- Active Growth Phase of hair follicles which starts in the papilla. The root divides rapidly to add length to the hair. This growing phase lasts for 2-7 yrs, and hair grows 1-2cm in one month.
Catagen – The active growth of hair ends, blood supply is cut and the part of the hair follicle gets attached to the hair shafts. The hair follicle pushes the hair upwards and renews itself, making way for the new hair. The hair will go on increasing length, because it is coming out, not due to growing. It Lasts for about 2-3 weeks.
Telogen- In this stage, hair begins to fall.
In most of the hair loss cases, hair enters the Telogen stage very early
leading to the visible hair loss
The Main Causes Of Hair Loss
Age Factors- As we age , the hair tends to thin naturally
Heredity Factors- The conditions called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness are genetic in nature and is triggered by certain sex hormones .
MPB seems to be caused by oversensitive hair follicles. This is linked to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is made from the male hormone testosterone. If DHT is more, the follicle reacts and The hair becomes thinner and grows for a shorter length of time than normal.
Thyroid problems.– If the gland isn’t working properly, hair loss may result
Other stags like pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or the onset of menopause will also lead to temporary hairloss.
Auto immune factors– resulting in alopecia areata. The body’s immune system attacks hair follicles — causing smooth, roundish patches of hair loss.
Medications– Used for Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Heart problems, High blood pressure
The safest and latest non-surgical effective treatment for Hair loss is PRP therapy..
When hair dies, the layer of fat in the scalp that comprises most of the skin’s thickness shrinks. When hair growth begins, the fat layer expands in a process called adipogenesis. So the process of creation of new fat cell is very much required for the hair growth. These fat cells will produce Growth factors, which are necessary for hair growth.
The PRP treatment will increase the concentration of your own growth factors around your remaining hair follicles and stimulate production of healthier hair – preventing hair loss and thickening hair.
PRP is a non-surgical, but natural solution for hair restoration, in which autologus platelets enriched with growth factors are injected into the scalp.
platelet rich plasma can wake up the dormant follicular stem cells in the scalp, and can lead to an increased hair growth. So PRP therapy may quite potentially become the next major breakthrough in treating hair loss and growing hair.
A number of recent case studies of hair loss sufferers suggest that platelet rich plasma can stop and reverse hair miniaturization caused by androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness
The result suggests that PRP stops hairloss and it can reverse miniaturization of hair follicles also.
The application of PRP helps the miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more and fuller hair, naturally. PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis and localized cell growth.
The Cases Treated With PRP
Male Pattern Hair Loss – especially in the early stages of balding, or anytime there is a lot of miniaturized hair on the scalp
• Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages of hair loss
• Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
• Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis
• Metabolic causes of hair loss – iron deficiency and medication induced hair loss
Patients scalp is cleansed and cleaned. Then the numbing cream is applied on the scalp to avoid any pain during injection. A small amount of blood is collected from the patient and is processed to separate the PRP with growth factors, bio active proteins and other components helping hair growth. This is re- introduced into patient’s scalp .
A dermaroller with micro needles is used to provide local stimulation of the scalp. Dermaroller creates microscopic channels that allow the PRP to penetrate deep into the skin on the scalp so that it can stimulate growth of hair follicles and creates new blood vessels.
PRP is extremely safe, since and the patient and the donor are the same and there is no chance of allergy or rejection.