Hair Loss Treatment at SOMA Skin & Laser for Men and Women
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.
Hair loss can result from a number of different causes, and the treatments may differ depending on the underlying problem. Treatment possibilities include the following.
Platelet Rich Plasma For Hair Loss
The use of a person’s own blood platelets has been used in many areas of medicine including orthopedics, ophthalmology and cardiology to improve wound healing and tissue repair. PRP can be used to enhance hair. PRP has been studied in pattern baldness and alopecia areata. Although there has been no randomized controlled long term study on the efficacy of PRP in alopecia, there are many studies with positive results.
During the procedure, a small sample of your blood is taken. This sample is processed in an FDA-cleared device to separate the platelets from other components of the blood. Under local anesthesia, activated platelets containing a powerful cocktail of growth factors, cytokines and other proteins are injected into the area of scalp where weak hair follicles exist. Microneedling of the skin is also sometimes performed prior to PRP injection for enhanced effect. Several treatments are typically required over the course of a year. Treatment may need to be repeated depending on the patient’s response to therapy, hair loss condition and goals.
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP, schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Platelet Rich Plasma for hair loss is a cosmetic procedure and 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 androgenticia 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.