The Epidemic of Hair Loss
It is no secret that hair loss can induce great anxiety, low self-esteem, avoidance of social events and worst of it all – feeling older and less attractive. It is a fact that by the time we are born, the human body stops producing new hair follicles. As the body ages, hair follicles weaken and in many cases, stop making hair altogether. Thus, the hair loses that sultry volume, thins out and excessively sheds. Hairstyling becomes way more complicated due to widening parts – a bad hair day, every day…YIKES. This nightmare of hair loss affects both men and women and a lot of the time, you don’t even notice it happening until it’s too late. Research shows that up to 50% of your hair can be lost before it becomes visible to the naked eye.
The Hair Growth Cycle
In order to recognize many of the problems you may face with your hair, it is important to understand the Hair Growth Cycle. There are three stages of hair growth – anagen, catagen and telogen. Each hair follicle is an individual and goes through the motions of the hair growth cycle at different times. Let’s break it down. . .
Anagen Phase: Also known as the Growth Phase. This stage lasts between 3-5 years averaging 18 to 30 inches for full length hair. Your hair grows approximately a half an inch per month and usually grows the fastest during the sweet summertime.
Catagen Phase: After the growth phase your hair will come to a short period of transition. This is known as the catagen phase and it usually lasts around 10 days.
Telogen Phase: Halt! Your hair will is now in a resting phase. This is where you hair begins to release and fall out. Given that each hair follicle goes through each cycle at different periods of time you don’t have worry about losing your hair all at once during this phase. Instead, you will shed hairs – a healthy head of hair loses on average 80 hairs per day.
So why am I experiencing hair issues!?
When the hair growth cycle is disrupted, this is where hair thinning, loss and issues occur. Disruptions such as restrictive dieting, medical conditions, poor nutrition and metabolic imbalances can impact the growth cycle.
Hair Loss in Men…Follicular Homicide!
Approximately 35 Million Men in the United States are affected by hair loss. 98% of all hair loss in men is Genetic Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia – in other words, androgens that are enemies to hair follicles such as DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Simply put, this hater of an androgen DHT wants hair follicles dead. A great example of this is the notorious receding hair line and progressive thinning crown. Men who develop this pattern of baldness may begin to lose hair as soon as puberty hits – imagine that! The cycle of hair growth is directly affected by the percentage of hairs in the growth phase. How long the hair grows depends on the duration of this growth cycle. Once the hair grows to this long state they go into rest mode AKA telogen. Unfortunately, these elongated strands become victims of trauma due to daily washing, combing and styling. The end result of this vicious cycle leads to - follicular homicide – progression of thinning hair and over time, men male hair shafts become smaller in length and diameter. I bet you are wondering what you can do to restore your thick full head of hair. La Chele has you covered with the most exclusive top-tier of hair restoration treatments out there… PRP Hair.
Hair Loss in Women
Your silky tresses just don’t look the same…Unlike men, women typically don’t begin to lose hair on the scalp until ages 50-up – don’t get too excited, we aren’t off the hook just yet. There are multiple factors that affect hair growth including medical conditions, medications, stress, hormones, diet/nutrition, and heredity. A lot of the times, the way we style our hair can be a catalyst to hair loss such as our love for lazy day ponytails. Women may fall victim to Androgenetic Alopecia – small number of male hormones that hate our hair follicles which results in hair loss. Unlike men, women typically do not suffer from full-on baldness rather a gradual miniaturization of hair on the scalp. For example, loss of volume and coverage, receding temples and excessive shedding. Sometimes, women who experienced early puberty may notice female pattern hair loss as early as the late teens to early 20s. In this case, hair loss can progress into a higher level of complication if left untreated. I am sure you are wondering what can be done, how can I reverse the stubborn loss of my gorgeous tresses? La Chele has the answer with the most exclusive, cutting-edge hair restoration treatment available on the market that most places know little to nothing about. . . PRP Hair Regrowth!
PRP is a fantastic option for candidates with ethnic hair experiencing hair loss. Many causes of hair loss affect different ethnicities the same way but there are certain circumstances that may be more evident with ethnic hair such as the way hair is styled or treatments designed to relax unruly strands. A popular hairstyle like braiding creates a tight pulling force that is applied to the hair which results in gradual hair loss also known as – traction alopecia. When chemical relaxers are applied to the hair in excess, the hair follicle breaks and overtime develops weak spots – this is known as Traumatic Alopecia. Excessive heat by the use of flat irons, hot rollers, blow dryers and hooded dryers also fall under the category of Traumatic Alopecia.
Reverse Hair Loss With PRP + Stem cell Extracellular Matrix with Growth factors
PRP: Platelet Rich Plasma with Growth Factors
The newest most innovative therapy for hair growth. La Chele is beyond excited to be offering this exclusive treatment specifically designed to enhance hair growth with use of your own blood platelets plus a growth factor – it doesn’t get much more natural then this! We enjoy our bragging rights to be honored to be the only Medical Aesthetics Practice to offer the ground-breaking PRP Edge treatment for hair growth.
Tell Me More…What is PRP with Growth Factors?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment derived from your body’s own blood platelets to infuse hair growth as a stand-alone treatment or to progress the results and recovery from hair transplant surgery. Stem Cell Extracellular Matrix with Growth factors is added into the PRP to treat:
Alopecia – Hair loss
Alopecia Areata- your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair
Androgenetic Alopecia – Male/Female hereditary hair loss
Traumatic Alopecia – Hair Breakage due to trauma
This amazing tissue regenerating technology is renowned in the medical world for its incredible ability to heal and rejuvenate skin and wounds.
Think of stem cells as the maintenance and upkeep of tissues in the body. These stem cells are powerful proteins that support cellular growth. When a tissue is damaged, the stem cells activate which results in tissue regeneration.
Not only is PRP amazing the medical world with its ability to restore hair follicles, research shows that PRP enriched stem cell extracellular matrix growth factors has the powers to heal and restore the skin. For years, PRP+ECM has been used in wound care, orthopedics, oral surgery to promote cellular regeneration and ophthalmology. A memorable pop culture moment was in 2013, model and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian posted a picture of a new facial treatment where her face was covered in her own blood- PRP. This photo created major buzz of this cutting-edge treatment which continues to progress in its all-around healing abilities in various medical specialties focusing on tissue regeneration and repair. Now back to the hair. . .
PRP Hair Restoration Procedure
First, our Medical Assistant would perform a HairCheck — scientifically accurate, non-invasive measurement of your Hair Mass Index. This procedure will determine your hair loss, growth and breakage on any area of the scalp. HairCheck can also measure the percentage of hair breakage, which is a very common cause of hair loss. The tool used to perform this test is a handheld trichometer which bundles and compresses the sections of the hair. This measurement will accurately define which areas of the scalp are losing hair and also tracks your results from treatment.
PRP as a stand-alone treatment for hair regrowth isn’t as complicated as it sounds. In fact, you could stop by on your lunch-break as this treatment is quick and comfortable. First, our Medical Assistant would take a small sample of your blood. The sample would be stored in a sterile test tube and then processed in an FDA-approved device that spins at a high speed to separate the platelets and plasma from other components such as red blood cells. These platelets would then be stimulated releasing powerful molecules which have unimaginable biological effects on hair follicles and skin. We would then apply numbing agent to the scalp to ensure comfortability during your treatment. The key ingredient of Extracellular Matrix or Stem cell Growth Factors would be mixed into your PRP. This powerful cocktail of hairgredients will then be painlessly injected into the areas of weak fair follicles in the scalp. After the seamless injections, microneedling will be performed on the scalp in order to activate the platelets growth factors. Lastly, 15 minutes of low laser therapy will be infused over the scalp followed by a refreshing post-PRP hair wash.
Patients LOVE that they can resume normal activities right away like hitting the gym or shampooing their hair. You could even dye your hair a week after the treatment! There is no downtime or recovery time – just mild soreness and redness of the scalp may occur. These symptoms usually clear up in a day or less!
Hair regrowth treatment results are progressive and initially subtle. With the La Chele HairCheck we will be able to measure your initial results in just two weeks after your treatment. PRP Hair regrowth is not permanent but with the La Chele PRP Edge Treatment, patients would only need to be retreated every 12-20 months – of course we have the Gold-Standard of PRP! Most practices that offer PRP Hair ReGrowth treatments use the standard protocol and do corporate Stem Cell Growth Factors & Extra Cellular Matrix. Also, majority of patients who get treated elsewhere need to be re-treated every 4-6 months – who has time for that!? Most people opt to have the treatment done 1 time per year. We are so proud to be one of the ONLY practices who offers this leading edge of PRP Hair HairGrowth Treatments.
How Safe is this treatment?
Given that the procedure is performed with a sterile closed technique, patients run no risk of infection. PRP is immunologically neutral and does not threaten danger of allergic or foreign-body reaction. Patients may experience a brief duration of redness at site of the injections but this is normal and to be expected.
To learn more about this treatment, give us a call to schedule a free consultation.