It is a common misconception that hair loss impacts only men. According to the American Dermatology Association, 80 million women and men suffer some degree of alopecia.
Why is that?
More often than not, hair loss is multifactorial and can be due to the following factors:
- Genetic: Family history of hair loss
- Hormonal: Certain sex hormones can trigger hair loss
- Environmental: Heavy metals, diet, or environmental toxins can halt the cycle of hair growth
- Major Circumstances: Major illnesses (COVID), traumatic events, and surgeries can also lead to hair loss.
Can hair loss be diagnosed?
Here at Austin Pain Wellness, we will establish the underlying cause of hair loss and treat you from the inside and out. We will recommend a number of hair restoration treatment options that will be appropriate for your care while we address all factors.
Austin Pain Wellness Treatments
- Red Light Therapy
Red light is absorbed by the hair follicles and can promote hair growth. An intracellular enzyme called cytochrome C is responsible for absorbing red light, once absorption occurs the enzymes will invigorate hair follicles to send signals to promote gene activity and lower apoptosis (cell death) as regulated by the genes. So not only can red light improve wound healing, reverse sun damage, improve joint pain, improve skin, it can improve and restore your hair growth.
- Hormonal Therapy
For females: estrogen and progesterone can help keep your hair growing in the anagen phase. Which means, these hormones can help your hair stay on your head longer and may even help your hair grow faster. Low progesterone and estrogen are often to blame for thinning hair on your scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. As women age the decline in estrogen and progesterone will lead to higher androgen levels, which can lead to a hormonal imbalance causing thinning and fragile hair.
In Men: dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is made from testosterone by an enzymatic reaction. DHT can have an extreme impact on hair follicles in men which can lead to hair loss depending on the sensitivity of the individual. Age, stress, and other factors can also impede hormonal reactions within men which can lead to higher risk to developing male pattern balding.
PRP has been significantly beneficial as a hair growth therapy. PRP is derived from our own blood and is centrifuged down to result in platelet rich plasma. Platelets promote cell growth when injected deep into the scalp. They can accelerate specialized population of cells named dermal papilla cells which are a key player in hair growth.
Here at Austin Pain Wellness we utilized a dual centrifuge system that yields a higher concentration a PRP in comparison to other centrifuges. For patients who have androgenetic alopecia , also known as hormone related baldness, PRP can be beneficial along with other treatment modalities.
Expectations: This treatment is minimally invasive, no downtime, usually requires three to four sessions, results can be seen in three to four months.
Who is a candidate?
- Women with generalized thinning or female pattern baldness
- Males with male pattern baldness
- Traction alopecia
- Individuals with thinning or receding hairlines due to hormones
- Individuals who do not qualify for hair transplant