Category: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
The Best Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia in 2019

Best Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia in 2019

If you are experiencing hair loss, the odds are pretty high that the cause of your troubles is androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as pattern baldness. Over 95% of hair loss cases are due to this hereditary hair loss condition that affects over three million Americans annually. Androgenetic alopecia causes hair miniaturization, a condition in which hair becomes thinner and finer each time it goes through the growth cycle. Eventually, these hairs cease to grow entirely and fall out.

Men, as well as women, have struggled with pattern baldness for centuries. For a long time, treatment options consisted of nothing more than wigs, toupees, and creative hairstyling efforts. None of these approaches actually addressed the underlying condition, of course, and didn’t fool most people.

Fortunately, in 2019, we now have plentiful options for addressing hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia. Advancements in medicine, technology, and techniques have made hair restoration more available, more effective, and more convenient than ever before.

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we pride ourselves on offering the most innovative approaches to hair restoration, and our surgeons are world-renowned experts in hair transplant surgery and other treatments. Here are the best options for treating androgenetic alopecia, all of which are available at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute:

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

This non-invasive treatment option involves the use of specialized combs and caps, including the Capillus272 laser cap, a device approved by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.

LLLT nourishes hair follicles by directing pulses of energy into inactive follicles. These pulses stimulate the hairs back into a phase of regrowth by promoting increased circulation and cellular respiration.

The Capillus 272 caps we offer contain 272 professional-strength lasers that make it the most powerful at-home device for treating hair loss in men. Discreet and appearing like any other baseball cap, you can wear it throughout the day, going on with your life while your hat takes care of the business of strengthening your hair follicles.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

A rapidly expanding body of evidence supports the effectiveness (and safety) of a relatively new treatment that involves the use of the body’s own natural growth and healing factors to stimulate hair regrowth. Platelet-rich plasma therapy takes the body’s natural processes and supercharges them. A blood sample is taken from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge where the platelets are separated from other elements of the blood. The PRP is then injected into the treatment area, stimulating the work that the body is already doing. 

Stem Cell Therapy

Full heads of hair are the result of hair follicles which are continually regenerating, due in part to the presence of stem cells. But when those stem cells shrink and deteriorate as we age, hair stops renewing and ultimately falls out. That’s why reintroducing an individual’s own stem cells back to the follicles has the potential to create a nourishing environment which may foster regrowth and fight the battle against hair loss

Using a liposuction tool, we take fat cells from the belly, flanks, or love handles and extract the stem cells that can foster hair growth. We then inject this concentrated stem cell sample onto the scalp. The procedure is fast and minimally invasive.

Hair Restoration Drugs

Hair loss medications such as Rogaine® (Minoxidil) and Propecia are popular and proven ways to treat male pattern hair loss without surgery. Both drugs, for the right patients, can stop or slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth in many men.

Hair Transplant Surgery

Our surgeons are world-renowned leaders in hair transplant surgery, have been instrumental in the development of the most effective and widely used techniques, and have used their skills, experience, and artistry to perform successful procedures on thousands of men.

Call the Miami Hair & Skin Institute Today For Your Androgenetic Alopecia Evaluation

If 2019 is the year you finally consider surgical or non-surgical options for addressing hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia, we welcome the opportunity to help. Schedule an appointment with the Miami Hair & Skin Institute today by calling 305.925.0222.

PRP for Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

PRP for Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

The introduction of new technology and techniques in hair restoration brings with it the potential to provide dramatically improved results and a better patient experience. But such advancements also bring plenty of patient questions. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we are leaders in the development and use of game-changing hair restoration methods and pride ourselves in steadfast commitment to ensuring that the procedures we perform and technology we use are safe, proven, and effective.

One of the newer and most frequently asked about developments in hair restoration is the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Physicians are increasingly using this biotechnology to address a range of health issues, including healing injuries, speeding recovery after surgery, and fixing dermatological problems.

Over the past several years, PRP therapy has also quickly become a mainstream and popular treatment for certain types of male and female pattern baldness. At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in Washington, DC, the leader of a comprehensive research study on the use of PRP therapy to treat hair loss concluded that “studies are indicating that PRP is a safe, effective hair loss treatment that has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life of millions of people.”

Here is what you need to know about PRP for hair restoration and whether it offers you an opportunity to address your hair loss issues.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss?

Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they are also much more. They are enriched with growth and healing factors that initiate repairs and provide help to stem cells in damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

PRP contains several growth factors and cytokines that enhance the body’s natural capacity to repair and regenerate itself. PRP therapy takes these natural processes and supercharges them.

PRP also has high concentrations of several factors thought to stimulate hair regrowth. These growth factors move follicles from their dormant state (in which hair is no longer growing) to an active state in which normal hair growth occurs.

What is Involved in PRP Therapy For Hair Loss?

PRP treatments involve a physician or technician taking a sample of blood from the patient and then placing the sample in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the blood’s other elements. As used to treat injured or damaged tissue, the resulting PRP is then injected into that tissue, stimulating the healing that the body is already doing on its own. 

In PRP therapy for hair loss, the doctor injects the plasma directly into a patient’s hair follicles in a session that usually takes no more than 10-20 minutes. Injection sessions continue once a month for three months, with injections once every three to six months after that.

Who is a Good Candidate For PRP Therapy For Hair Loss?

Even though we have seen excellent results when using PRP in conjunction with other hair restoration treatments, PRP therapy may not be the most effective option for every hair loss case. But you should consider and discuss PRP therapy with your hair restoration physician if:

  • You are in the early stages of hair loss.
  • You have areas of “weak quality” hair growth on your scalp, where you can still observe functioning hair follicles.
  • You have small areas of alopecia areata.
  • You are in good overall health and don’t suffer from certain types of blood disorders, skin conditions, liver disorders, or diabetes.

Call the Miami Hair & Skin Institute Today to Learn More About PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, platelet-rich plasma therapy is just one of many advanced hair restoration options we offer for men and women who wish to restore their hair and regain their confidence and self-esteem.

Learn more about PRP therapy for hair loss in Miami by contacting our Institute online or calling us directly at 877-443-9070.