Have you noticed more hair in the bottom of the shower or on your pillow in the morning? Your brush that fills up faster? Your styling that holds less well? Your hair that thins and breaks to nothing? Your scalp that clears up over time?
Have you been under a lot of stress? A big emotional shock? A disease?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone!! I want to tell you that on the contrary, there are many men and women like you who are suffering from a change in the density and quality of their hair, especially in the last two years. The pandemic is the cause in many cases!
Do you rather dread losing your hair because baldness is a family affair?
Yes, baldness is hereditary in many cases (like many other medical conditions for that matter). By observing our family nucleus (parents and grandparents) we often have a fairly clear picture of what the future holds!
So why not try putting time on our side for once?
Alopecia, what is it exactly?
There are several factors that cause alopecia (scientific word which simply means: “loss of of hair”) and some scientific terms to characterize it: Telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, androgenic alopecia are those that you may have already heard. The causes differ depending on the type of alopecia and are usually genetic, external or both!
We often talk about genetic type baldness in men, but what about women?
Baldness or androgenic alopecia is of genetic, hereditary and possibly hormonal cause. Hair falls out because the follicles or roots lose their strength. This type of baldness affects up to two-thirds of men of Caucasian origin between the ages of 35 and 40 and affects women to a lesser extent (nearly 25% before menopause or following pregnancy).
In men, baldness is characterized first by the gradual receding of the hairline, followed by the more or less extensive loss of hair above the skull.
In women, alopecia is generally of hormonal cause and is rather manifested by a progressive, diffuse and uniform decrease in capillary density over the entire head. The hairline is usually unaffected while the parting line appears more sparse.
This type of baldness can be treated in a medical-aesthetic clinic with a specific protocol that may include taking medication, applying medicated serums or injection treatments, all under medical supervision. It is therefore very important not to wait until the stage of baldness is too advanced in order to maximize the success of a PRP treatment*.
(*I will explain more in detail below)
This treatment against hair loss will aim to increase hair density by slowing down hair loss and strengthening the follicles. It is strongly recommended to treat within 5 years of the first signs of thinning or hair loss to maximize the chances of success with this type of treatment!
What about a sudden fall caused by an external factor such as great stress, illness, pregnancy or emotional shock?
The years 2020 and 2021 have brought their share of stress and shocks. By the same token, we have observed an increase in consultations among female clients for hair loss, which now exceeds the demand for consultations for regular male androgenic alopecia! More specifically, this is expressed in everyday life by brittle hair, which no longer grows, baby hair, covered pillows and shower bottoms, and so on!
The good news is that there are treatments to stop hair loss and restore hair density by fortifying our follicles with our own plasma! Another good news, if the fall is caused by an external stressor only, as is the case in the context of the current pandemic for some people, the chances of success are promising with a simplified injection protocol and adequate medical follow-up.
So don’t worry; there are simple and painless solutions to help you, including the famous PRP treatment!
Okay, so what exactly is a hair PRP treatment?
The PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) hair treatment consists of multiple injections superficial in the scalp of micro-drops of serum where our blood platelets bathe responsible for activating a cascade of cell regeneration aimed at strengthening the hair follicles. Nature is so good that we just have to use our own natural healing process to regenerate our own cells!
Indeed, once injected under the skin, the platelets release very powerful growth factors which act on the level of the hair follicles to stimulate their development and slow down aging. Any of these growth factors will stimulate the creation of new blood vessels responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the scalp. Another growth factor will lengthen the active growth phase of each follicle! The quality of the hair is therefore greatly improved (texture, thickness, pigment) as well as the density, especially if the baldness is at an initial stage and it is then still possible to reverse its process. The result? Healthier, fuller hair.
And who are hair PRP treatments for?
PRP treatment is intended for anyone in good health suffering from a mild to moderate stage of alopecia or wishing to improve the quality of their hair. Any patient undergoing a hair transplant is also a candidate for this treatment which will be performed during surgery and as maintenance treatment to improve the survival rate of grafts and stimulate faster regrowth.
“Fun Fact” PRP does not only act as a scalp regenerator! It helps regenerate and treat skin, wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, thinning neck and décolleté skin, to name a few. It has also been used in sports medicine and dentistry for several years for its regenerative benefits!
What does a PRP treatment look like in the clinic?
PRP treatment is a medical treatment requiring a consultation with a medical specialist who will assess your state of health, the type of alopecia that concerns you and the different types of treatment available to you. If PRP is indicated in your case, the first stage of this treatment consists of a blood test during which one or two small tubes of blood are taken by the doctor or nurse in a private clinic. These tubes are then placed in a special centrifuge which, in a few minutes, will separate the serum (or plasma) from the other unwanted components of the blood: the white blood cells and the red blood cells. Platelets, which represent the essential component of treatment with PRP, remain suspended in the serum. This platelet-enriched serum is then gently removed and reinjected into the balding areas using a very sophisticated injector device that allows the painless injection of PRP.
The treatment lasts about 1 hour in total and you can return to most of your activities afterwards! You will probably not have the most beautiful style, so plan your social agenda accordingly because you will have to avoid washing your hair for 24 hours! In order to maximize your results, it will be necessary to do a series of treatments (we generally speak of 4 treatments every 2 weeks)
N.B. Drink plenty of water the day before and the day of the treatment. Avoid antihistamines, anticoagulants and anti-inflammatories (unless your doctor advises otherwise). This will maximize the quality of your plasma.
Are the results permanent?
Put simply: androgenic alopecia and areata are treatable but not curable. It is therefore important to understand that it is impossible to curb baldness permanently because of its hormonal and/or hereditary component, hence the importance of rigorous monitoring and maintenance sessions. Hair loss caused by external factors can be a single episode but can also set in over the long term. Each case is therefore different and must be treated according to a personalized protocol.
In all cases, follow-up appointments are necessary in order to maintain your results in the long term. We are talking here about redoing 1 PRP treatment 2 to 3 times a year. Unless there is a hormonal shock, a major change in the general state of health, it will not be necessary to repeat a series if the maintenance treatments are respected.
What excites me about PRP?
It’s natural, it’s produced by your own body, its effectiveness is scientifically proven and the price is quite reasonable.
What am I less excited about?
The treatments must be repeated over a series of 4 to 6 sessions, the results can take several months to appear (arm yourself with patience!) and are influenced by your metabolism and your general state of health (thus difficult to predict before the end of the series).
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Clinic.