2 Hair Loss Treatment Options That Will Change Your Life
Freaking out because you’re losing your hair? Relax, there are hair loss treatment options that will help you grow your own hair back. Your hair is on the most visible part of your body; your head. Most people consider your face and your head to be your physical identity, as it is what people look at the most. Your head is the last place you want to feel insecure about your appearance. But there is no need to stress, as that can only make it worse.
Hair loss is not uncommon at all, nor is it gender specific. It can happen to both men and women, young and old alike. About 80% of men experience some type of balding in their life, while about 40% of women see hair loss after menopause. Most people associate hair loss with old age, which can cause panic when it happens to you. But why does it really happen? The best way to find a solution is to first better understand the problem.
What Causes Hair Loss?
As you age, the rate at which your hair grows slows down. The average hair has a normal life span between 2 and 7 years before it falls out. When our hair starts to regrow at a slower rate, it cannot keep up with the hairs that are falling out. Hair follicles can also become weaker, producing thinner and shorter hairs. Eventually, the hair stops growing and nothing grows to replace it once it is gone. Hair loss is a natural process. While mostly associated with old age, hair loss can be a result of:
- Hormonal Changes
- Medical Conditions (such as diabetes, lupus, etc.)
- Significant weight loss
The most common cause of hair loss is genetics. If a direct relative on either side of your family has experienced significant hair loss, it is possible that you will too.
Types of Hair Loss
Hair loss appears in different forms depending on the cause. The most common type of hair loss is the gradual thinning of hair on top of the head. Male pattern baldness typically shows as a receding hairline or a circular bald spot on the crown of the head. Pattern baldness for women is mostly seen as a broadening of the part in their hair. Men and women may also experience patchy bald spots, where the skin often becomes itchy or painful before the hair starts falling out.
Sudden loosening of hair is a less common form of hair loss that is usually caused by physical or emotional shock. When this happens, the hair typically becomes thinner instead of bald patches appearing, and hairs come out from gentle tugging like combing and washing the hair. Even less common forms of hair loss can be full-body hair loss, which is mainly a result of medical treatments and conditions, and patches of scaling that spread over the scalp, which is a sign of ringworm.
So if you are experiencing natural hair loss, what can you do about it? Sure, you can let nature run its course and let your hair fall out slowly over time, or even shave your head, but most people want to reverse the process and get their hair back. Why worry about how you look and feeling older if you don’t have to? Luckily, there are a couple of increasingly popular hair loss treatments that promote hair growth to allow you to regrow your own head of hair.
Laser Treatment for Hair Loss
Low Level Laser Hair Therapy (LLLT) is one of the quickest and easiest ways to regrow your own hair. Laser light therapy was originally created for healing. Decades ago when using the laser to heal scars, a common side effect was hair growth in the area in which the laser was applied. For the first time in the 1960s, laser devices were used on the scalp as a method of hair loss treatment. Since most people prefer a non-surgical treatment option for hair growth, men and women have been flocking to laser therapy for decades.
These therapeutic, soft low-level light lasers deliver light energy directly to the scalp. When you first begin using laser therapy, the laser prevents hair loss. It was found that low level laser hair therapy stops the progression of hair loss in 93% of patients. After just a few short laser therapy sessions, the laser begins to stimulate hair follicles to promote new hair growth. Laser light brings blood to the surface of the scalp, and it feeds the hair follicles the nutrients they need that they have not been getting.
What makes laser hair therapy stand out compared to other methods of hair loss treatment? To start, it has no side effects. It’s not invasive at all unlike some other methods, which also means there is no downtime after your treatments. Each treatment is quick, easy, effortless and painless. While you may think of lasers as generating heat, you won’t feel a thing. Many people have found that using laser hair therapy is a perfect compliment after receiving hair transplantation. It provides faster healing and improved hair thickness and texture. If you’re looking for thicker, fuller, shinier, and healthier looking all natural hair, laser light therapy may be right for you.
PRP Treatment for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe biological therapy used to treat hair loss. PRP therapy is a natural solution that uses your own cells for the treatment, which means it works specifically for you. In the PRP process, a small sample of blood is collected and spun in a centrifuge. This process typically takes about 15 minutes. While being spun, the blood components are being separated in order to get the concentrated blood plasma used for the treatment. This plasma contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. After being spun and separated, the plasma is finally applied back to the scalp.
After the receiving the PRP treatment, the platelet growth factors in the plasma make follicle stem cells shift from a dormant state to an active state. Basically, it’s waking hair follicles up and getting them working again to begin the process of new hair production. This is because these blood plasma growth factors have significant positive effects on hair growth. PRP gives strength to existing hair, reduces hair loss and increases the actual number and quality of hairs on the scalp.
Natural Hair Loss Treatments at Restorative Health
If you’re looking for a hair loss treatment solution that is right for you, Restorative Health is here to help. Offering both laser hair therapy and PRP for hair loss, we have a safe and easy solution that can fit your needs. We are currently offering free consultations for first-time patients to speak with a specialist about customizing a treatment program just for you. Financing is available while also working with your insurance to help mitigate any out of pocket costs. If you are looking to improve your image and self-confidence, call us at (314) 300-9199 or schedule your free consultation below.