What is hair loss?
Hair follicles consist of the hair bulb which is supplied with blood and receives hormone signals regulating hair growth (known as the hair cycle). From the bulb, hair cells divide and multiply forming the hair shaft. Hair is made of keratin (a hardy protein) and grows upwards from the base (hence the term “dead ends”). Hair typically grows about half an inch per month, however, this varies widely between individuals.
The Anatomy of a Hair Follicle
The density and distribution of hair follicles is slightly different depending on the area of the body. As you’ve probably noticed, hair does not grow on the palms and soles. Additionally, ethnic groups have slight variations to the hair follicle that cause the differences in hair texture and style.
Hair loss occurs when hair follicles are damaged due to external factors (like trauma or stress from tight hairstyles/excessive brushing) or internal causes (like hormonal imbalances or the natural decline in hair cell division seen with aging).
What areas of the body can hair loss affect?
Hair loss can be seen in all areas of the body. Most commonly, hair loss is seen on the scalp and face. Male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss are associated with aging and certain underlying medical conditions. Other conditions, like alopecia, can cause bald patches on the scalp and in the beard area. Body hair loss almost always denotes an underlying medical condition causing systemic (meaning full body) changes that disrupt the hair cycle or damage hair follicles.
How does hair loss differ in men and women?
The most noticeable difference between hair loss in men and hair loss in women is the pattern of loss. Male pattern hair loss typically causes receding of the hairline from the forehead and male pattern baldness (bald patches of the scalp or beard). Female pattern hair loss is usually most noticeable as a widening of the natural part and overall hair thinning. Women with certain underlying medical conditions may have hair loss more consistent with the male pattern.
What are the main concerns related to hair loss?
Hair loss of the scalp is usually the most noticeable cosmetic concern. A common condition called androgenic alopecia causes thinning or baldness in men and women. Men more commonly see bald patches and a receding hairline while women experience thinning hair.
Who may wish to reverse the signs of hair loss?
Men and women suffering from hair loss may consider pursuing treatment for both cosmetic and medical reasons. The frustrations and disappointment that generally accompany hair loss can be safely and effectively addressed with any number of cosmetic procedures. In the case of underlying medical disease, nutritional deficiency, and hormonal imbalance individuals will benefit from consultation with their medical provider to determine if an oral or topical medication would benefit them.
At Oolala Cosmetic & Laser Clinic we offer non surgical & surgical treatment options to help with hair loss, bald spots and hair thinning. Our Treatment options include:
PRP injections to the scalp
Nanofat with PRP Injections to the scalp
Mesotherapy Injections to the scalp
Our treatments stimulate new growth and follicle health. Existing follicles are provided with nutrient dense solution thru PRP or Mesotherapy Injections. Oral medications could also be prescribed by our Cosmetic Dr to help stimulate hair growth.
PRP has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation and also hair loss therapy. PRP therapy is a treatment which uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth.
Your blood is essentially made up of four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, the plasma and the platelets. We take your blood and spin it in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. This is then re-injected into the scalp to stimulate collagen and new skin cells. PRP harnesses the beneficial functions of the patient’s own platelets and therefore there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment.
What is the procedure?
Depending on how many areas you want to get treated, a volume of blood will be taken. This is usually between 10 to 30 ml. Your blood is then placed in a centifuge for around 8-10 minutes. Once your cells have separated, the rich platelets are extracted and injected into the scalp where rejuvenation is requested.
What should you expect post treatment?
Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, redness or heat, which are all common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. Because a volume of fluid has to be administered, swelling is inevitable. Bruising can occur and may take several days to disappear.
How soon will I see results?
Most patients will require multiple treatments at four to six week intervals. the results can differ depending on the individual. Because the injected product is 100% your own, factors such as smoking, stress and illness can effect results.
Are there any reasons why I can’t have PRP therapy?
Like the majority of cosmetic procedures, ladies who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. This treatment is not recommended in people on anti-coagulation treatment, autoimmune conditions, have suffered any type of cancer or who have certain implants in the treatment area. Your past and present medical history, as well as your past cosmetic history will be assessed to determine your suitability.
PRP Therapy is also used to promote healing. It can treat many illnesses and enhance appearance and wellbeing:
Muscle and tendon injuries
Back and neck pain
Cosmetic (hair, face)
Sexual dysfunction and enhancement
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Fast for 8 hours prior to your blood extraction.
Eat healthily and drink water.
Optimise multi-vitamins, specifically vitamin C. Co-enzyme Q10 and fish oil tablets are recommended.
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs.
What should I do after my treatment?
Refrain from alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
Drink water and eating healthy foods.
Avoid direct sunlight on the skin.
No hot showers, spas, sauna or baths. Use warm water for short showers.
Avoid any form of physical exertion that causes sweating or strain on the heart.
No massages, facials or acupuncture.
Nanofat with PRP Injections
For this Surgical procedure, approximately 15cc of fat is liposuctioned in the abdomen area (minimally invasive) which is then liquefied and mixed with 15-16cc of super concentrated PRP.
The goal of Nanofat injection in combination with PRP is to reverse the early stages of hair loss created by thinning hair, bald spots and receding hairlines.
Nanofat and PRP Injections for Hair Loss addresses concerns such as:
- Thinning Hair
- Receding Hairline
- Bald Spots
No recovery needed. Compression garments are to be worn which are specifically designed for drainage of residual anesthetic solution for the areas of liposuction.
The ideal candidate for Nanofat and PRP injections for hair loss is in the early stages of hair loss.
Not Recommended For
Nanofat and PRP injections are not recommended for patients with critical low platelet count, hypofibrinogenemia, hemodynamic instability, or who have hair loss as a result of medication, stress, or medical treatment as these can be reversed.
Side effects from Nanofat and PRP injections for hair loss may include minimal pain, pinpoint bleeding, and redness when the injections are being delivered. Some patients comment on a “full” or “tight” feeling in the scalp immediately after injections that can last up to about 1 day. Rarely, patients will complain of a mild headache the next day.
These injections are applied locally to the scalp. These injections contain various ingredients tailor suited to the patient. Our solutions include ingredients such as finasteride, that allows the hair to thicken, Biotin enriched PRP, Vitamin B2 complex and amino acids..
What is the procedure?
Mesotherapy injections to the scalp consists of micro-injections. The solution is directly injected into the scalp so that it can penetrate the skin. Then it arrives the hair follicle. The procedure can be performed with topical or local anaesthesia which makes it relatively painless.
The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes and there is no pre- or post-treatment required. It doesn’t leave any visible marks and the patient can return to their normal activities immediately.
Can it be combined with other treatments?
This treatment can be done on its own, or it can be combined with oral & topical treatments (up to your doctor’s discretion).
How long is it necessary to do the sessions?
These injections need to be typically performed every 2-6 months; however, it does depend on the amount of hair loss you experience. Your doctor will tell you the guideline advised in your particular case.
After 4-6 sessions, we evaluate and repeat every 4 months if appropriate for maintenance.
Contact our clinic to arrange a consultation for Hair loss treatment with our Cosmetic Doctor today.