By Dr. Harsha Jayakody
Hair loss is one of the most common effects of body aging where nearly half of the world population is affected. Excessive loss of hair has become a problem in mid-aged groups. Especially during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th decades of life excessive hair loss affects individuals physically as well as mentally. According to the latest statistics, more than 50% of males over 40 years suffer from Androgenic Alopecia where the main cause are male hormones.
Other than hormonal issues, nutritional deficiencies, certain drugs, stress, childbirth & breastfeeding, over styling are few of the other leading causes for excessive hair fall during the above-mentioned age categories. Alopecia areata, also known as patchy baldness is a type of autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your own hair follicles by mistake. Certain treatment methods used in aesthetic medicine can be really effective to treat excessive hair loss following recent published research.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment
PRP is retrieved from whole blood which is centrifuged to yield a final product of plasma with high concentration of platelets which is injected directly to the scalp using micro injections or micro needles. PRP treatment stimulates hair growth in many ways. By increasing blood flow to the hair follicle which is known as neovascularization, stimulating stem cells in the follicles which promotes cell proliferation are the main mechanisms which promotes new growth of scalp hair. 3 – 4 sessions with 4-6 weeks intervals may bring good results.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive relatively novel therapeutic modality introduced in the 1990s, where fine needles are used over the skin to puncture the epidermis which is the upper most layer of the skin. The boosting effect of microneedling causes new hair follicle stimulation in hair loss patients. Also, various growth factors, connective tissue activating proteins are released to the local area following treatment. Microneedling for hair loss is done with a combination of PRP, steroids or hair growing serums.
Hair Mesotherapy is a treatment method used for hair loss, where vitamins, minerals and amino acid mixtures which are required for the hair growth are injected into the scalp. This method enables the components that nourish the hair follicles to settle in the hair easily reducing the hair fall and promoting new hair follicles. 4 to 6 sessions are needed once or twice a week to observe promising results.
Low-Level Laser (Light) Therapy (LLLT) is used to treat hair loss especially in females. Phototherapy is assumed to stimulate hair follicles, prolong the aging of follicles and reduce premature hair loss. Red Light used in phototherapy is an Effective Natural Treatment method for Hairloss without any side effects. About 2-3 sessions are done weekly as a combination treatment.
We at https://mycosmeticclinic.lk successfully use the above-mentioned latest treatment modalities to treat premature hair loss in females as well as males. An experienced aesthetic doctor will be clever to use the most suitable treatment or combination to give best results within a short period of time.
Dr. Harsha Jayakody is a Cosmetic Physician and Founder of www.mycosmeticclinic.lk/ MBBS (Sri Lanka), MBA (Malaysia), MSc (Sri Lanka) and Member of American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM)