We were recently asked to contribute to an article on Female hair loss in the Washington Post. Interestingly, years ago seventy percent of our hair loss patients were males wanting a surgical hair transplant, today, seventy percent of our patients are “females seeking non-surgical treatments for hair loss”.
Here are some very interesting points other contributors to the article outline. “Society and medicine haven’t taken hair loss seriously because it’s not life-threatening,” said Spencer Kobren, the AHLA’s founder. “But it’s a disease of the spirit that eats away at a person’s self-esteem, and the social ramifications, especially for women, are profound.”
“The word “loss” is misleading for the classic genetic pattern, said Terrence Keaney, a dermatologist in Arlington, Va. “I spend half my time telling patients: ‘You are not losing your hair. Your hair is thinning,’ ” Keaney said. “That’s a big ‘aha’ moment for people. It’s really a condition of accelerated thinning — thinning in excess of your peers.”
“Most people lose elasticity in their hair as they get older,” said Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York. “Like skin, the hair ages.” And, like skin, it can age more gracefully for some than others. But it’s the rare person who will have the same full head of hair at 60 that she or he had as a teenager, Day said.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), “It’s like fertilizer for the hair,” said Joseph Greco, a hair specialist in Sarasota, Fla. Although it has been used to heal wounds and burns for decades biologic medical procedures like PRP vary tremendously, but when used properly it is a safe, effective treatment. PRP is just a base treatment and we have advanced far beyond PRP to matrixes, peptides and birth tissue including Amniotic cells, Umbilical Cord tissue (Wharton’s Jelly) as well as Medicinal Signaling Cells and exosomes.
Our next Blog post will explain the differences in advanced biologic treatments in layman’s terms, but for now if you have not read the Washington Post Article, please click the button below.