No one wants to have to deal with hair loss. But it’s all too common, and until recently, there wasn’t much hope for people experiencing thinning hair, no matter the cause. Regenerative treatments, including stem cells, exosomes and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) offer new hope to people dealing with hair loss from a variety of causes. What are some common causes of hair loss? And how can they be treated?
Hormones and Hair Loss
Hormonal changes during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause can cause hair thinning and loss in women. High levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, abnormally high or low levels of thyroid hormone and high testosterone can also cause hair loss. Hormonal hair loss tends to be a gradual thinning, often starting as a gradual widening of the part line in women and a receding hairline in men.
Although topical treatments such as minoxidil are commonly recommended to treat hormonal hair loss, they won’t help if the underlying hormonal imbalance isn’t treated. Specialized lab tests can detect the levels of hormones and their metabolites. It’s often the metabolite levels that are the key to the problem. Hormone levels can then be adjusted to regain their balance.
Once hormone levels are balanced, a regenerative treatment can help restore hair to its former fullness. Stem cell and exosome treatments are the most effective, although PRP can help some early-stage cases.
Androgenic alopecia, the medical term for this kind of hair loss, also has a genetic component. (The superstition about looking at your mother’s father may not help – fathers can pass the gene along as well!) For patients whose genes dictate that they’ll continue to lose hair, an annual “booster treatment” may be needed to replace lost hair and encourage new growth.
Hair Loss from Medication Use
A number of medications have hair loss or thinning as a side effect. That includes commonly used medications that treat depression, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure.
They cause the hair follicle to be stuck in the telogen stage, slowing growth to the point of visible thinning. Of course, the first step in treating hair loss from medication use is to stop taking the medication and look for an alternative to it. After the medication is stopped, treating the scalp with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or exosomes can restore the follicles to their naturally healthy state and encourage new hair growth.
Psoriasis and Hair Loss
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that effects the skin and can cause hair loss if it’s severe enough to damage the hair follicles. If it’s so advanced that it causes scar tissue, the follicles are simply gone and there’s no way to produce hair.
Psoriasis needs to be treated from the inside out. It can be treated with IV exosomes, the most powerful of regenerative treatments. IV treatment options also include vitamins and minerals, and if the damage is caught in time, those alone can be enough to regenerate hair growth.
Like psoriasis, alopecia aerata is an autoimmune condition meaning “patchy baldness.” Many people who develop the condition are otherwise healthy, but experience hair loss, often as a round or oval bald patch on the scalp. But they can lose hair anywhere on the body. Although the condition is not fully understood, there may be a genetic component to it. Sometimes, hair spontaneously regrows, but not always. Stem cell treatments may be helpful for alopecia aerate, but exosome treatment is the real powerhouse for this condition; PRP isn’t recommended.
Hair Loss Due to Injury
Sometimes, a cut or severe bump can cause enough damage to the scalp to create scar tissue and localized hair loss. Because scar tissue isn’t normal tissue, it has no hair follicles to regenerate. It’s a fibroid tissue that causes a lot of problems for most people.
Even though the scar tissue itself can’t regrow hair, the area around it can be treated with exosomes to increase hair growth around the scar and help conceal it. PRP or exosomes can treat the scar itself, possibly reducing its size and allowing more follicles to regenerate and grow hair.
At the National Stem Cell Clinic, we use cutting-edge treatments to help you get back your healthy head of hair. Your overall health and wellness may contribute to the efficacy of those treatments, and we encourage a healthy lifestyle with a varied diet rich in vegetables and fruit to ensure you get all the nutrients you need to maintain your hair growth.
Contact us today to learn more about regenerative treatment for hair loss and how we can help!