Millions of people would like to reverse time to when they had a head full of healthy, thick hair. In fact, according to NYU Langone Health, nearly 50% of women and over 80% of men experience significant hair loss over the course of their lives. For many people, hair loss begins before the age of 30. It affects 25% of men by this young age.
However, advancements in hair restoration have come a long way, and there are various options available to both men and women who want to regain a head full of their own natural, beautiful hair. If you’re interested in learning how these treatments can help you, reach out to us at Global Center for Hair Restoration.
What Is the Best Hair Restoration Treatment?
Every person is equipped with a unique head of hair and distinct body chemistry. In order to answer the question, “What is the best hair restoration treatment?” you’ll need to understand what causes hair loss.
What Causes Hair Loss?
The average human scalp holds anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hairs, and 50 to 100 of them fall out every day. However, when the number of hairs that fall out surpasses the growth of new hair, hair loss, balding, and hair thinning begin.
Three main factors are typically behind hair loss:
- Hormone sensitivity
- Physical and emotional stress
Genetics is an “umbrella cause” of hair loss that can also have an impact on a person’s chances for and extent of hair loss. A person’s genes can determine how each of the three factors above affects their hair.
As a person ages, their rate of hair growth slows. Hair strands have less pigment and become smaller. The result is fine, gray hair.
During a person’s life, the scalp constantly renews its stem cells. However, over time, the stem cells make accumulated genetic errors, which lead them to cease being able to rejuvenate. The hair follicles shrink with age and sometimes stop reproducing altogether.
The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is thought to contribute to hair loss. DHT causes hair follicles to become small and unable to grow hair. Genetics determines whether a person is susceptible to this hormone, and if they are, DHT is the likely cause of their hair loss.
As a person susceptible to DHT ages, the hormone has a greater impact on their hair follicles. The follicles at the top and back of the head have DHT receptors, and when DHT binds to those receptors, hair loss occurs. Follicles that run around the lower head do not have these receptors, so baldness from DHT does not occur there.
Physical and Emotional Stressors
Shedding of the hair can be caused by tremendous periods of stress or illness. Emotional stress or trauma can cause hair loss. Physical stress from cigarette smoking, pregnancy, menopause, high doses of vitamin A, or chemotherapy can trigger hair loss as well.
Wearing the hair in tight ponytails on a consistent basis can also cause hair loss, as can compulsive hair pulling and some autoimmune disorders.
The Best Hair Restoration Treatment for You
Hair loss treatments range from hair follicle transplants to PRP hair restoration and more. Many people find success with PRP treatments, and you may find it to be the hair restoration treatment for you too.
What Is PRP Hair Restoration?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a person’s own growth factors to regrow and thicken their own hair. Plasma is rich in platelets that contain these growth factors, and it’s the growth factors that signal a person’s healthy tissues and tell them to regenerate.
PRP therapy is also used as an anti-aging therapy, skin rejuvenation therapy, and to treat arthritis and various injuries. When this platelet-rich plasma is used on the scalp, it can enhance hair growth. It helps hair follicles thicken and revives dormant hair while reducing shedding.
What Is PRP Hair Restoration Like?
When you come in for your treatment, we will draw a small amount of blood from your arm. Then we place the sample into a special centrifuge, which spins it at a rate so fast that the plasma separates from the red blood cells.
Next, we apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area and inject your plasma into your scalp through a series of injections.
You can return to your regular activities right away, as there’s no recovery time or downtime required. To achieve optimal results, we recommend a minimum of four PRP hair restoration sessions.
You should see a gradual improvement in hair growth and thickness within four to six months.
This hair restoration treatment is excellent for healthy women and men who have no serious underlying conditions that affect the liver, blood, or skin.
Some types of hair loss respond better to PRP treatment than others. The best candidates for treatment are people in the early stages of hair loss because their dormant hair follicles can be reinvigorated.
Hair Restoration Treatment in Nashville, TN
If you think PRP therapy might be the best way to restore your thinning hair, contact us today. We’ll be happy to sit down with you during a personal consultation, at which time we’ll determine whether PRP hair restoration is the right treatment for you.
We may also find that a different type of hair restoration therapy could better suit your needs. We offer many of these procedures at our Nashville office. Contact us at Global Center for Hair Restoration to make your appointment.