An estimated 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss in the US alone.
Hair does not only protect us from solar radiation and temperature exposure, it contributes to our appearance and self-confidence. Hair loss, also called alopecia, can be distressing and can have a serious cosmetic and social impact. It can affect men, women, and children. A family history of baldness, underlying medical conditions, and other factors can cause hair loss.
People can lose up to 100 individual hairs every day. Losing and growing new hair is part of the hair life cycle. The lifecycle of a hair follicle occurs in three phases: the anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. The anagen phase is the growth period. Hair cells divide causing the hair follicle to grow in length. The catagen phase is when the hair stops growing and eventually falls out. The Telogen phase is a period of rest during which the resting hair remains in the follicle until new hair pushes it out. Medical, emotional, and environmental factors can intervene in the life cycle of a hair, causing thinning or loss of the hair.
Thinning hair or temporary hair loss occurs with non-scarring alopecia. This is the case when hair follicles are present, but are dormant, which causes a prolonged resting (telogen) phase. In women, this can be caused by hormonal changes linked with menopause, post pregnancy hormonal changes, birth control pills, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Other causes that may affect both sexes are thyroid and autoimmune issues, stress, over-styling, poor diet, age, and smoking.
Permanent hair loss is almost always linked to genetics. Sometimes, it can be caused by exposure to chemicals, medication, and traumas such as surgeries of the scalp or burns. Permanent hair loss is marked by the death of the hair follicle and by scarring of the scalp.
At Dr. Bronfman Beauty, we perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation to address the root of hair loss and provide every client with the optimal treatment plant. Our Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is one of the most promising treatments for hair restoration and regrowth.
PRP treatment involves collecting a sample of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the blood’s components. A concentrate with mostly blood plasma and platelets is then injected into the area of the scalp where hair is thinning.
The clinical application of platelet-rich plasma is based on the regenerative qualities of growth factors contained within the alpha granules of platelets. PRP has gained popularity as a way of managing alopecia due to its effectiveness, absence of significant side effects, and affordability compared to hair restoration surgery.