Regenerative Hair Restoration
Flowing locks and a full head of hair are still possible!
What is Regenerative Hair Restoration?
Regenerative Hair Restoration procedures use various regenerative devices and biologics to release specific growth factors which have been shown to stimulate, increase, and improve hair growth rate and size, improve the rate of anagen, the active growth phase of hair follicle growth, and slow down apoptosis.
If a regenerative hair restoration program is begun early enough, it is possible to dramatically slow down and even reverse hair loss for both men and women. At the Dallas Regenerative Center, we’ve seen the best results on patients who have noticed thinning hair or balding within the past 7 years, however, almost all patients see some form of improvement in either hair growth or size.
What does Regenerative Hair Restoration treat?
The vast majority of patients we treat at the Dallas Regenerative Center are experiencing hereditary hair loss – also known as male or female pattern hair loss – which accounts for 98% of hair loss. The symptoms may come on quickly with patients noticing thinning hair all of a sudden one morning or they may gradually appear over time.
Male Pattern Hair Loss
Female Pattern Hair Loss
The Psychological Effects of Hair Loss
This hair loss can result in a variety of psychological and emotional issues associated with how we perceive ourselves, and how we think we believe other people perceive us. While many who experience progressive hair loss are able to accept it, for others hair loss can have a devastating impact resulting in depression and anxiety, and it is important to understand that the emotional distress occurring with losing one’s hair is legitimate and should be addressed and not be brushed aside.
The loss of the hairline certainly has an effect on the way people look, and typically results in a more aged appearance. This dramatically affects the way people see themselves and often contributes to them losing confidence.
Women, in particular, have been known to have a more difficult time adjusting to hair loss. A study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 1992 showed that women suffered more emotionally and mentally, and were more likely to develop a negative body image due to hair loss when compared to men who were dealing with the same issue. Still, almost 75% of men feel less confident about themselves with the onset of hair loss, and 60% of men with hair loss say that they have been ridiculed for their baldness at some point in their lives.
In terms of dating and relationships, hair loss can have a profound effect on self-esteem due to how we perceive ourselves and how we think we are perceived by others. This is especially true for those who are experiencing early hair loss before most of those their age group. They may feel that hair loss signifies the end of youth and desirability, while others feel like they have become less attractive to their partners.
Because our hair is such a prominent feature, it can affect the way we are perceived and how we perform in the workplace. Studies have shown that some employers are unfortunately swayed against hiring people who are balding or balding because they are perceived as being older and is therefore disadvantageous to their company. According to certain surveys, about 63% of women claim to have career-related problems because of hair loss.
Research and surveys show that people experience hair loss often feel as though they are losing control over their lives. They despair that their hair loss is irreversible, and have high levels of anxiety. In addition, people who already suffer from disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder are further aggravated by the onset of hair loss.
It is important to remember that while hair loss can be distressing, it can be treated, especially with today’s advancements regenerative medicine!
How does hair grow anyways?
Before getting more into the causes and types of hair loss, here’s a quick hair growth 101.
What are hair growth cycles?
Every hair follicle produces hair in a cycle comprised of three stages that repeats over time.
- ANAGEN – The active growth phase which lasts on average from 2-6 years
- CATAGEN – The intermediate phase, which is the shortest phase lasting only 2-3 weeks
- TELOGEN – The resting phase, when a new Anagen hair pushes out the hair currently in the follicle and has a duration of 3-4 months. These are the hairs you see in your brush.
Watch the following video if you’d like to learn more.
How do hair growth cycles change over time?
When an average, healthy individual reaches the end of adolescence, he or she will have between 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on the head. At this time, under normal conditions, the average person will shed approximately 100 Telogen hairs per day and grow 100 Anagen hairs per day. Hair loss or thinning occurs due to the slowing of the Anagen phase. As most individuals get older, the percentage of hairs in the Telogen phase increases, while less hair remains in the active growth Anagen phase. Hair follicles may also produce a thinner, less pigmented hair over time.
What is the impact of genetics and hormones on Hair Loss?
Despite what you may have heard, the genes that may trigger hair loss do not discriminate by the sex of the parent. They can be passed down from either the mother or the father, can appear to skip generations, and even affect siblings differently. There are over 200 genes that regulate hair characteristics, including the onset and speed of hair thinning and baldness.
What is Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?
Male Pattern Hair Loss is characterized by thinning hair beginning at the temples and the crown of the head. Over time, the hair at the temples slowly recedes, leaving a central patch of hair at the front of the hairline and a growing bald spot at the crown. As the hair loss in these areas widens, the baldness at the front and crown meet to form one large bald spot. Eventually, all that will remain is a border of hair around the side and back of the head. Male pattern hair loss is a concern for many men because as the hairline recedes, the face takes on a more aged appearance, which can lead to a significant loss in confidence and self-worth.
Typical patterns for Male Pattern Hair Loss are as follows, from the Norwood Classification Chart:
Multiple studies have shown that Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a breakdown product of the male hormone Testosterone, is the trigger that causes the progressive miniaturization of hair follicles. For those individuals genetically susceptible to male pattern hair loss, DHT works to progressively miniaturize follicles, who then grow shorter, thinner, less pigmented until they finally die.
What is Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?
An estimated 20 million American women experience shedding or thinning hair as they age, although many women mistakenly thing they are going through this alone.
There are two scales used to classify Female Pattern Hair Loss, the Ludwig Scale and the Savin Scale:
Similar to men, hormonal changes may make hair loss can become more evident over time. Some typical triggers include:
- When starting birth control
- After the birth of a child
- Around menopause
- When starting hormone replacement therapy
- After a total hysterectomy
The most common types of hair loss in women are:
- Diffuse hair loss – hair loss is evident all over the top or crown of the scalp, resulting in decreased hair density, coverage and volume
- A slight recession of the hairline
- Loss of density and coverage at the frontal half of the scalp, starting just behind the hairline and extending toward the crown
In most cases hereditary hair loss in females does not typically result in a total balding of the affected area.
How does a Regenerative Hair Restoration procedure work?
When it comes to your scalp, PRP is a natural way to stimulate and encourage new hair growth for both men and women! PRP contains a wide variety of growth factors that have been shown by multiple studies to rejuvenate the damaged hair follicle, reawaken it, and bring it back to life.
Some patients choose to enhance their procedure with an Amnion/Extra-cellular Matrix product that contains many times the growth factors of PRP alone.
The procedure is relatively painless and can be done is approximately 30-45 minutes. The PRP and/or Amnion will be injected into the scalp at regular intervals followed by a microneedling session to spread the product around and create the appropriate injury for the recruitment of nearby stem cells to kick start the regenerative process.
What are some of the benefits of a Regenerative Hair Restoration procedure?
Both PRP Therapy and Amnion/ECM may help in multiple ways:
- Improve the growth rate of existing hairs
- Increase the growing phase of hair
- Reduce hair fall
- Reverse thinning hair, which ultimately gives density
- Reawaken previously dead hair follicles
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments is always determined by the severity of your hair loss. After the initial consultation, a patient care plan will be created that will help meet the needs.
To achieve maximum benefit and ensure long-lasting results, three treatments are typically required. The initial treatment will be the most comprehensive and set the stage for your body to begin the regenerative healing process. This is followed in 30 days by a follow-up procedure which serves to enhance the body’s Regenerative cascade, providing incrementally beneficial results. This is typically followed by another procedure in another 30 days.
Patients typically begin to see results 6-12 months after their first procedure.
How do I learn more?
Complete our patient inquiry form to activate an appointment with one of our Patient Advisors at Dallas Regenerative Center or call (469) 917-9166