Hair Loss Treatment at SOMA Skin & Laser for Men and Women
Hair loss in men and women can have multiple causes. The first step in addressing your hair loss is a medical visit to determine if there are any underlying causes that contribute to your hair loss. This can include hormonal imbalances, anemia, autoimmune disease and various metabolic disorders. A physical exam will be conducted and lab tests or a scalp biopsy conducted as needed.
The treatments for hair loss may differ depending on the underlying problem. Treatment possibilities include the following.
Platelet Rich Plasma For Hair Loss
Platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP, is an established technique in many areas of medicine including hair loss, wound healing and tissue repair. In the PRP technique, a small amount of your blood is taken and then processed to separate and concentrate the platelets from the other blood components. PRP injections into the scalp have been shown to grow hair in both pattern baldness and alopecia areata. Sometimes microneedling is performed in conjunction with this procedure to help the PRP penetrate the scalp.
How many PRP treatments are needed to treat hair loss?
Several PRP treatments are typically required over the course of a year. Booster treatments are advised as well.
Is PRP for hair loss covered by insurance?
Platelet Rich Plasma injections for hair loss is is not covered by insurance.
Intralesional Steroid Injections For Hair Loss
Injection of dilute steroid into the scalp can help certain types of hair loss, such as alopecia areata and hair loss associated with inflammatory scalp disease. These injections are usually performed monthly.
Topical Medications For Hair Loss
Topical medications are often used for hair loss, especially for androgentic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss. Rogaine (Minoxidil) is commonly used. Topical estrogens, (Estrone) are sometimes helpful as well. Latisse (Bimatoprost) is used off-label as well. Ketoconazole shampoo, usually used for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, has some anti-androgen effects as well.
Oral Medications for Hair Loss
Oral medications are used for certain types of hair loss. These medications include Propecia (Finasteride), Dutasteride, Spironolactone, and anti-inflammatory antibiotics such as doxycycline.
Vitamins will not make new hair grow, but can help existing hair grow longer and stronger. Biotin is usually used at 2,000 to 5,000 micrograms daily.