Losing hair is a naturally occurring process. Naturally, humans lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. This level of hair loss is very normal and does not lead to hair thinning. Most people don’t even notice it. If you are losing more than these many hairs per day, you could be dealing with hair thinning or hair loss.
Waking up to find hair on your pillow is a concerning sign, and you are not the only one experiencing it. In fact, studies done on a population sample estimated that 42% of the subjects experienced extensive hair loss. Another study showed that 50% of women are subject to noticeable hair loss. In itself, hair loss is a natural process, but there are several factors that affect this process directly, such as aging, genetics, and emotional stress.
Hair Loss Treatments
While hair loss is a common problem, there are many treatments available to alleviate this issue in both men and women. Check out the most popular and effective hair loss treatments below.
Medical Treatments for Hair Loss
A nonsurgical treatment for hair loss involves the use of FDA-approved medications designed specifically to promote hair growth, such as Rogaine® and Propecia®. Rogaine® contains minoxidil, which has shown promising results, slowing (or in some cases, completely stopping) hair loss and even leading to hair growth in some patients. The way minoxidil works is by transforming the short, fine body hairs known as vellus hair into fully developed hair, known as terminal hair. Propecia® contains finasteride, which is used to maintain existing hair as it inhibits the creation of dihydrotestosterone, which is a hormone that naturally limits hair follicle growth, usually between the ages of 25-35, causing hair loss around the front, top, and crown areas of the scalp. A prescription is required for Propecia®.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP therapy is way of stimulating the body to fix itself. A blood sample is collected and centrifuged to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other blood components. This plasma is then combined with ACell®, which is a company specializing in regenerative medicine that develops products aiming to stimulate the body’s ability to fix itself on a cellular level. ACell and platelet-rich plasma are injected in your upper scalp layers from the hairline to crown areas. This causes damaged hair follicles to become healthier and larger, stimulating hair growth.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Low-level laser therapy is a unique hair treatment aimed at restoring thin and miniaturized hair, and it can be used in conjunction with medical (minoxidil or finasteride) treatment.
In the past, low-level laser therapy required multiple visits throughout the week. However, a new home-unit low-level therapy is available and can be conveniently used by wearing it under a baseball cap for approximately 20 minutes, 3 times a day.
Hair Transplant Surgery
There are different surgical procedures used to combat hair loss. Follicular unit excision (FUE) is a surgical procedure where a naturally growing group of hair follicles known as “follicular units” is harvested and reimplanted with minimal scarring, giving natural-looking results.
Another procedure is follicular unit transplantation (FUT), where a long linear strip of hair is extracted from the donor area, usually from the side or back of the scalp. The strip is then cut into follicular units and transplanted.
Hair Loss Treatment in Kansas City, Liberty, MO, and Des Moines
If you’re looking to start your hair loss treatment journey with an experienced and reputable hair restoration center, contact Darling Hair Restoration at (816) 792-3400. Feel free to ask our staff any questions that may concern you. You can also request an appointment online. We are waiting and eager to help!