A layman’s guide to hair loss and available hair restoration therapy

A layman’s guide to hair loss and available hair restoration therapy

Our lives are stressful, and we don’t have times for ourselves. The only pampering our bodies do get are delivered at the hands of others. There is little time for self-care. With our stressors building up every day and lives becoming more and more hectic with each passing day we need quick and effective solutions for our problems.

One such problem is hair fall which increases as we think more about it. Yes! That’s right stress is another aggravating factor for hair loss. This makes us turn to the internet, and when we sit down to google solutions we find two types of solutions:

  1. Herbal time consuming stuff
  2. Medical jargon explaining procedures that we are too afraid to pursue

Well, let us help you pave your way through.

What is hair loss?

A loss of more than 125 hair per day is defined as hair loss. Losing 50-100 hair a day is considered normal. Hair loss is when
our body is unable to grow and nurture new hair in accordance with the loss. This is when your hair parting widens or the scalp peeping through the sparse thinned hair or may be in severe cases you might be looking at patchy hair loss.

What causes this?

Hair loss can result from a number of different reasons ranging from genetics to everyday modifiable reasons, we are listing some of the most common ones here:

Hair styling: you might have noticed that if you’ve had the same parting for years, the parting is now more prominent
that is because when hair are pulled in a certain way again and again they weaken and eventually break from there. People who tie their hair in tight pony tails tend to get a receding hairline earlier than their siblings. This is one of the most easily avoidable cause of hair loss hence discussed at the very top.

Heat treatments: Although these high tech straighteners and curling wands have remodeled our looks and changed our
ways. Everything comes with a price, and the price of these better styling tools is that frequent heat treatments weaken our hair in the longer run.

Chemical treatment: hair colouring and frequent styling are becoming trendy and most of us are trying new stuff on. But
most of us had never thought that these frequent styling changes would lead to this, hair thinning and eventually loss of our precious mane.

Restrictive diets: the trends got us to get into shape and lose weight no matter what. And to attain this we took drastic measures starved our bodies and deprived them of most essential nutrients. These nutrient deficiencies show up most evidently on our hair and skin. In case of skin in the form of skin dullness and for hair thinning and patchy hair loss.

Stress: In medical terms stress is any major change that alters your bodies’ natural working phenomenon and makes it work
harder. It ranges from surgeries and dietary changes to emotional and lifestyle modifications that alters the brain’s chemicals. And boy do we have a few of these going on?

Hormones: from thyroid to sex hormones a number of hormonal levels effect hair regeneration and hair loss. Estrogen
deficit after menopause and hormonal changes during pregnancy all can cause hair loss.

Medications: and supplements: certain medications and excess of some supplements can also cause hair loss. Therefore always consult a professional if you experience hair thinning when using a medicine or supplement.

Aging: as we age our body loses its ability to regenerate cells as fast as they are being lost. Moreover the body’s supply and demand is also disturbed. All of this can contribute to the age related hair loss in addition to the hormonal changes that the
body undergoes.

How to detect hair loss

This question comes to all our minds. Am I really losing hair or is It just in my mind? Let us give you a few ways to confirm this as well

  • Increased number of fallen hair in your comb or brush
  • Widened parting or patches of hair loss
  • You might see more hair in your shower and on your floors
  • Scalp peeking out through the hair

What to expect from your GP

At times we reluctantly ask for help for Cosmetic and Aesthetic treatments, especially us men. Let me ease your anxiety by guiding you through your first doctor’s visit.

The doctor will ask your family and personal history of disease and any predispositions. They will also inquire about what products and treatments you use and how often you use them. They might also ask about any hair pulling or chewing habits that you have.

They will examine your hair closely and might even try and pull on one of the hair stands to check if the hair is breaking at the level of the root or strand. They will also check the pattern of hair loss.

Sometimes some blood tests need to be conducted in order to rule out hormonal (thyroid, sex hormones) causes and to determine if there are any vitamin (vitamin D, vitamin B) or mineral (zinc, iron) deficiencies. Unfortunately the treatment offering on the NHS can be both limited and lack priority.

What’s solutions do we offer outside of Hair Transplants?

All of these treatments have no downtime. Our fast paced lives obviously don’t allow us sufficient downtime. But that doesn’t mean you should not be able to restore and revitalize your beautiful mane.

PRP/PRF injections
Firstly what do these stand for PRP is platelet rich plasma and PRF is platelet rich fibrin. The basic difference is of the components that have been separated from blood. Let me start from the very beginning for these procedures blood will be drawn from your arm like you do for a normal blood test. This blood is then further processed. It is spun to separate blood cells from plasma (the fluid part of our blood). The plasma thus obtained is rich in platelets and is gold for the scalp.

PRF is the next generation of PRP. PRF preparation allows some of the white blood cells and stem cells to remain within the platelet layer that is collected for treatment. The lower spin speed causes less trauma to the individual cells of the blood, allowing more stem cells to remain in the final PRF product. Fibrinogen is the key. PRF consists of a fibrin matrix polymerized in a tetra molecular structure, with incorporation of platelets, leucocytes, cytokines, and circulating stem cells. Fibrin functions as a matrix that traps the platelets and controls their release of growth factors “slowly and continuously over 7-10 days.

Both PRP and PRF nourishes the scalp from within stimulating hair growth and strengthening the existing hair roots. PRF also contains stem cells. These are the baby cells and can transform into any kind of cell needed by the body when injected into the scalp they may serve to form new hair follicles and to strengthen and support the existing ones.

Biotin
Biotin deficiency can cause brittle hair and hair loss. Female & Male clients experiencing thinning hair are increasingly seeing the benefits offered by our treatment option. Biotin intra-muscular injections and intra-venus also go hand in hand for hair growth and strengthening.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
SMP is a camouflage treatment. It’s like getting a tattoo, just that you are getting hair tattooed on your scalp. SMP just gives an illusion of hair, it’s not actual hair it’s just that a skilled professional can give u a tattoo that looks like hair. It can be done on bald people as well as people with thinning hair or receding hairline or just a more prominent parting. However it is not a cure or treatment it’s just a way to mask the perception.

Mesotherapy
Hair mesotherapy is treatment to nourish your hair with all the necessary vitamins and minerals. So what happens is that a concoction of Calcium, Iodine, Manganese, Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Potassium and essential vitamins is injected into the scalp after numbing it. These ingredients nourish the outermost layer of the hair making them shinnier than ever. In addition they also nourish the scalp for healthier hair growth. It also treats dandruff so that’s an added advantage.

Hair Fillers
These are great for people with patchy hair loss and thinning of hair. Hair fillers strengthen your hair giving you a fuller and thicker mane. Hair fillers contain peptides (small proteins). These proteins nourish the hair from within by increasing the blood supply to the scalp. More blood means more nutrients reaching the hair meaning stronger healthier hair. These fillers also nurture the scalp giving your hair a healthy atmosphere to grow in. Fillers show results within 30 -60 days.

“The skin to me is just a canvas, the creation of beauty is my ART!

Being able to build someone’s confidence through improving their features; be it filler, anti-wrinkle, PMU, areola, SMP or anything else, is something that I take very seriously. I feel honoured to be asked to perform.

In short, huge job satisfaction right there!”

Hair Loss Article Ian Walker – Clinita dealer UK

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