Hair Loss (Alopecia) Therapy

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The average human loses 50-100 hairs on a daily basis. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about; new hair grows in simultaneously, and with over 100,000 hairs on your head, this small loss is not noticeable. Hair loss constitutes the loss of hair at a rate higher than normal, after which regrowth is not occurring naturally. Hair loss can occur gradually over a long period of time (ie. many years), or it can be abrupt. It can be permanent or temporary.

Everyday, we lose 50-100 hairs. Hair loss occurs when you’re losing hair at a higher than normal rate, and it isn’t growing back. At TMSC, we treat hair loss with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

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Hair Loss Symptoms

Symptoms of hair loss can include:

  • Receding hairline
  • Bald spots
  • Widening part
  • Gradual thinning
  • Abrupt falling out
  • Circular or patchy bald spots
  • Sudden loosening of hair
  • Full body hair loss
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Causes of hair loss include but aren’t limited to:

  • Family history (heredity): Technically referred to as “androgenic alopecia”, this is the most common cause of hair loss. It can affect people of all genders,
  • Age: Hair growth naturally slows with age. Hair follicles stop growing hair, leading to thinning of hair on the scalp.
  • Stress: Stressful events can trigger hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata: An autoimmune medical condition in which the immune system attacks hair follicles and circular bald patches occur on the head and other areas with hair. Alopecia totalis covers the entire scalp; alopecia universalis spreads to the rest of the body; alopecia barbae occurs only on the beard. It’s common for alopecia areata to be mistakenly attributed to stress.
  • Other medical conditions: Thyroid disease and scalp infections such as ringworm can cause hair loss. Other medical conditions that can lead to hair loss include scalp psoriasis, anemia, anorexia, fungal infections, PCOS, and more.
  • Medications and supplements: Certain medications and supplements can cause hair loss as a side effect. If you think your medication may be causing you to lose hair, ask the doctor who prescribed it if hair loss is one of the side effects. Do not stop taking the medication before speaking with your doctor.
  • Childbirth: Estrogen levels spike up during pregnancy, pausing the usual rate of hair loss (50-100 hairs per day). Blood volume and circulation also increase, further compounding this effect. So after giving birth, the hormone levels drop back down and your hair falls out in clumps, more than the usual amount as it’s making up for lost time. The total volume lost postpartum is not more than the amount you would have lost over the nine months prior; it just seems like a lot because it’s happening in a shorter period of time.
  • Lack of nutrients: You may notice hair loss if your body isn’t getting enough biotin, zinc, protein, or iron.
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Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a medical treatment for hair loss, involving three major steps: a person's blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.

PRP injections increase blood supply to hair follicles, therefore triggering natural hair growth.

Most PRP therapy constitutes three treatments, 4-6 weeks apart each.

Step 1

Blood is drawn—usually from your arm—and stored in a centrifuge, which is a machine that separates fluids of different densities by spinning rapidly.

Step 2

About 10 minutes later, the blood will have separated into three distinct layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.

Step 3

The platelet-rich plasma is extracted and then injected into the areas that require regrowth.

Is regrowth really possible?

The primary goal of PRP treatment is to stop any further hair loss. Scientific evidence has demonstrated a near complete response in patients who have initiated PRP treatment. While regrowth is possible, on average 30% of patients will have noticeable regeneration of hair. The earlier treatment is started, the higher the chances of regrowth and the better it works. Without treatment, hair loss will continue.




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