Hair Loss in Men and Women
Hair loss or thinning hair can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or medication side effects. Hair loss can occur in different ways. It can be sudden or gradual, permanent or temporary. It is normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. Given that people have between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles on their head, this natural hair loss may not be typically noticeable. Hair is alive – it grows and dies in phases. Various factors such as nutrition, hygiene, stress levels, and overall well being can affect the rate with which we lose hair. Moreover, women can lose even more hair than men when due to excessive styling or events such as pregnancy or menopause.
Excessive or abnormal hair loss is known as alopecia. There are many different types of alopecia. The most common type of hair loss is the gradual thinning of hair starting from the top, which is known as the androgenetic alopecia or common male pattern baldness (MPB). This accounts for over 95% of hair loss in men. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age 35 two-thirds of American men will experience some noticeable hair loss, and by the age 50 about 85% will have significantly less hair. Alopecia is frequently thought to be a male disease, however, over 40 percent of women experience noticeable hair loss by age 50. Female pattern hair loss is different from male pattern baldness. Hair loss in women does not usually follow a pattern – the shedding tends to be more evenly distributed with the part getting wider and hair near the temples getting thinner.
By the age 50, 85% of men and 40% of women suffer from thinning hair, a receding hairline, or hereditary male pattern baldness.
Since hair loss is not a life-threatening condition, it is often not taken as a serious issue. Yet, alopecia can cause much stress and anxiety, and can be devastating for one’s self-image and emotional well-being. There are a number of solutions to address hair loss, starting from a thorough diagnosis followed by addressing the cause and implementing an appropriate treatment plan.
While there is no cure for alopecia, there are a number of treatment options available including Minoxidil, steroid injections, surgical hair restoration, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. At Aesthete, we offer Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to regrow hair follicles. This minimally invasive treatment option is one of the safest, most cost effective, and most efficient ways to tackle hair loss in both men and women.
Blood has two main components erythrocytes (red blood cells) and plasma, which contains leukocytes (white blood cells) and platelets. Platelets are an important reservoir of growth factors that play an essential role in many processes such as coagulation, immune response, development of new blood vessels, and the healing of damaged tissues. Growth factors present in platelets can help to stimulate the activity of hair follicles and to promote the growth of new hair.
The procedure begins with a blood draw. Then, the test tube is placed into a centrifuge that spins blood to separate the platelets in the plasma from the rest of blood. The blood plasma is rich in platelets is injected into the scalp of the patient at the level of the hair follicles. Studies report an average mean increase in total hair density of 46 hair per cm2 after the first three months of treatment.
Since the patient’s own blood is used in PRP, there are few risks or side effects associated with the procedure. Furthermore, pain levels are minimal even without anesthetics. At Aesthete, we have refined this procedure to be as comfortable, quick, and painless as possible. For best results, the treatment is performed once a month for the first three months, followed by every three to six months thereafter. Noticeable results can be seen within two to three months. Contact us today for your consultation.