About Hair Loss – Alopecia
There are many types of hair loss; some types are temporary and some are permanent. Identifying the type of hair loss someone is experiencing will help determine if the hair loss is permanent and whether it is treatable. Most cases of hair loss are due to genetics, and are treatable if caught in time.
The average person loses about 50-100 hairs a day. This is normal. While there is no set number of hairs for determining an abnormal amount of hair loss, if someone starts noticing a large amount of hair on their pillow or comb, they should consult a physician. This is especially the case if they start experiencing bald patches or thinning hair which can be the signs of an underlying medical condition. There are many types of hair loss (also known as alopecia). Hair loss can be classified into two categories: cicatricial (scarring) alopecia and non-cicatricial (non-scarring) alopecia.
Identifying the Type of Hair Loss to Determine Treatment Options
Before a treatment method can be recommended, Dr. Jennessa Iannitelli will determine what caused the hair loss. During the evaluation process, she will ask whether the hair loss is sudden or gradual, if you are taking any medication, have allergies, a family history of baldness, or if you have been dieting. If you are female, she might ask you about your menstrual cycle, if you are pregnant, or if you are experiencing menopause. Dr. Iannitelli will inspect your scalp for an indication of hair loss. This is usually done by conducting a pull test to determine the localization and severity of hair loss, or by inspecting the hair on other parts of the body. Dr. Iannitelli will also conduct a blood test to get the necessary information to determine if you are a good candidate for hair loss treatment.
Treatment for Hair Loss
Once underlying health issues for hair loss have been ruled out and cause of hair loss has been identified, then we can consider treatment options for that particular type of hair loss.
What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment derived from a person’s own blood platelets to enhance hair growth. PRP contains a number of growth factors which stimulate cell repair and damage control, including in this situation recruiting new hair growth. In the field of cell therapy and tissue regeneration research is continuing to progress regarding the use of PRP’s ability to attract, stimulate and orchestrate stem cell activity to improve wound healing and naturally rejuvenate skin and hair follicles. PRP, which also contains a number of stem cells itself, has been successfully used throughout a large variety of medical specialties (Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Dental & Facial Reconstruction, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, etc.) for tissue regeneration and repair and to help patients avoid surgery or other risky interventions.
What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma and How is it Used in Hair Loss for Hair Regrowth?
The PRP serum is delivered into the scalp, stimulating follicles and improving the number of hairs per follicle, resulting in thicker, healthier hair. Unlike some treatments, such as certain drugs, there is no risk of side effects such as loss of libido or allergic reactions.
Cytokines and growth factors locked within the platelets can be concentrated and released, then injected into the areas of alopecia (hair loss), stimulating hair regrowth.
How is PRP performed at Advanced Image Med Spa & Elite Wellness Center?
PRP has been used in hair restoration surgery since 2004 and its role is expanding as the benefits become better understood. It is extremely safe, since the patient is the donor there is no chance of rejection. A small sample of blood is obtained from the patient. This sample is processed in an FDA-cleared device to separate the platelets and plasma from other components like red blood cells. Platelets may then be ‘activated,’ releasing powerful molecules which have profound biologic effects on hair follicles and skin. Under comfortable local anesthesia, this powerful cocktail of growth factors, cytokines and other proteins is painlessly injected into the area of scalp where weak hair follicles exist.
Is there any downtime?
This is a comfortable, outpatient procedure that takes less than one hour to perform. Patients may resume all activities, including workouts, shampooing, etc. immediately afterwards as there is no recovery phase. Mild soreness and redness of the scalp, if any, resolves in less than a day and improved hair growth can be measured in a matter of weeks.
Are all PRP treatments the same?
This is where it can get confusing for patients and physicians. It has been said that “All PRP is NOT created equal!” The quality, strength and duration of the PRP hair regrowth treatments are directly related to the preparation protocols, centrifuge settings and preparation kits. Dr. Iannitelli only uses the highest quality kits for optimal results.
How do we measure results from PRP?
As with any hair regrowth treatment, results initially can be subtle. At Advanced Image Med Spa & Elite Wellness Center, we know that our PRP protocols are providing significant stimulation of hair regrowth and hair follicle rejuvenation. We use a special microscope to document hair growth but patience is still the key because it takes a few weeks for results to show. Initially you will see tiny hairs and you will be able to feel a “fuzz” with your fingers. Those baby hairs will grow and are the beginning of your new head of hair.
Does PRP need to be repeated?
It takes 3 to 5 injections approximately one month apart for maximum hair growth results.Unfortunately, the hair follicle-stimulating results of PRP treatment for hair regrowth is NOT permanent. Most patients who undergo PRP require a repeat treatment in about 12-24 months. PRP may need to be repeated depending on the patient’s response to therapy, hair loss condition, adjunctive treatments and goals. The addition of other therapies discussed below can help maintain and extend the results.
Is PRP Platelet Rich Plasma safe?
Yes. PRP is immunologically neutral and poses no danger of allergic, hypersensitivity or foreign-body reactions. A closed, sterile technique is used in every stage to prevent infection. A brief period of inflammation/redness at the site of application is normal and expected, indicating the action of the PRP. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP Hair Regrowth we always provide a consultation with Dr. Jennessa Iannitelli.
PRP Offers Hope for Baldness with a “Vampire Cure”
Jasper Copping of , The Sunday Telegraph reported:Researchers found they were able to regrow hair on the bald patches on people’s heads by injecting them with a solution derived from their own blood. The so-called “vampire” treatment involves taking blood from the patient and processing it in a machine that extracts “platelet-rich plasma” (PRP), which is then injected back into the head. Scientists believe the solution then stimulates new stem cells below the skin which can aid the regrowth of hair. We also use “vampire” treatments in combination with MicroNeedling in our Vampire Facial, scar reduction, vampire breast lift, and in other cosmetic procedures.
Capillus Laser Therapy Cap
PRP is like laying the seeds of grass on your lawn. The Capillus is like watering those seeds with extra nutrients.
This FDA-cleared treatment is clinically proven to regrow thinning hair and prevent further progression of hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia (male & female pattern balding).
CapillusOne Laser Cap- For Hair Regrowth
If hair loss runs in your family, Capillus laser therapy may be a great treatment option for you.
The CapillusOne is an FDA-cleared, wearable, battery-operated laser therapy device recommended by an elite network of physicians to help restore thinning hair due to genetics (androgenetic alopecia) and help prevent progression of hair loss. Now featuring a new, flexible fitting design which makes it more comfortable than ever to use, the CapillusOne provides clinically-proven technology to help restore thinning hair due to genetics (androgenetic alopecia).
Treating Hair Loss with Capillus®
No matter what the cause of hair loss, one thing remains certain: The best way to reverse the signs of thinning, shedding, and balding is to treat it early. Low-level laser therapy devices are recommended tools designed to help strengthen hair follicles and produce all-natural healthy hair from the inside, out.
How Do I Use The CapillusOne?
Wear for just 6 minutes every day under a sports cap. Its ease of use encourages compliance for maximum results. You can wear with the provided hat or any other of your preference. It works for both men and women by providing laser therapy to the follicles on the scalp by treating hair loss and hair thinning at home or on-the-go without medication, surgery, or known adverse side effects. If you begin treatment during the earlier stages of progression, the CapillusOne can stop further hair loss and regrow the hair that has begun to thin.
- Reverses the process of Hair Loss
- Safe and Effective for treating hair loss due to heredity
- Treats thinning hair and balding
- Nurtures fuller, healthier-looking hair
- Revitalizes damaged hair
- Easy to use and no known adverse side-effects
- Comfortable, LaserFLex™ Technology
- 112 Laser Diodes (no LEDs)
- Auto-programmed Treatment sessions
- 1 Year Warranty
Discreet therapy under your hat
Treat your hair while you go about your daily routine. Wear just 6 minutes while you perform any activity. Capillus is hands-free & mobile.
The silicone liner feels comfortable on your head with a flexible fit that adapts comfortably to your scalp.
UNIVERSAL AC ADAPTER – GREAT FOR TRAVEL
Our AC adapter works on 100-240 AC inputs making it easy to recharge your battery around the world. Three interchangeable international plugs included.
MAXIMUM COVERAGE OF SCALP
Laser diodes are embedded within the interior surface of the dome, providing maximum coverage of areas susceptible to hair thinning.
Worry-free sessions are auto-programmed to shut off at the end of the daily 6-minute treatment so you don’t have to watch the clock.
Lightweight case serves to protect and store your device and accessories, as well as to provide an easy method to travel with Capillus therapy.
Our patented sensors disable lasers until cap is placed on head to prevent accidental exposure of laser light to the eyes of children or pets.
RECHARGEABLE LI-ION BATTERY
Hands-free mobility. Easily attach to belt or slip into a pocket, allowing you to move about during your treatment session.
Capillus devices use lasers, which penetrate the hair follicle, unlike LEDs, which disperse and do not penetrate to the same depth to be effective.
Capillus Laser Therapy Device
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
- Adhesive Belt Clip for Battery Pack
- Universal AC Adapter with 4 Interchangeable Input Blades for International Use
- Capillus User Manual
- Sports Cap
- Lightweight Carrying Case
- Accessories Pouch
Satisfation is guaranteed.
The CapillusOne is assembled in the USA under the highest quality standards for the medical device industry (ISO13485). The CapillusOne includes a 1-year manufacturer warranty. All support and warranty service is handled from their Miami-based corporate headquarters. All accessories (including the lithium-ion battery pack, a lightweight travel case, accessories pouch, and universal AC adapter) are included with your Capillus laser purchase.
Eclipse Votesse™ is a physician-formulated, hair health system. Available exclusively through physicians and medical professionals, Votesse utilizes the most effective ingredients, supported by the latest dermatologic research.
- Proprietary blends for Men and Women
- Exclusively physician distributed
- Daily vitamin + Probiotic + Polypodium
- Easy to take
Key ingredients in Votesse have been shown to:
- Improve overall hair appearance
- Increase hair fullness
- Improve overall shine and brightness
Votesse contains custom blends of natural vitamins and minerals that are shown to support fuller, healthier-looking hair in addition to helping with overall wellness.
• Cynatine HNS – a soluble keratin humanely derived from sheep’s wool, shown to strengthen hair.
• Saw Palmetto Berry – contains components that are shown to support healthier hair.
• Ashwagandha Root Extract – shown to contain antioxidant properties.
• Polypodium Leucotomos – shown to contain antioxidant properties.
• Bacillus Coagulans – probiotic that helps maintain a healthy, balanced microbial population essential for gut health.
• Recommended daily doses of Vitamins A, B6 and B12, C, D, Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc.
At Advanced Image Med Spa & Elite Wellness Center Dr. Iannitelli offers a 3 tiered approach to hair regrowth. You can choose to have the PRP Injections or you can combine the PRP Injections with the Capillus or with Votisse vitamins or use all three for the maximum results in the least amount of time!
Book Your Hair Regrowth Consultation With Dr. Iannitelli so that You Will Know What Your Best Approach Should Be.
Just For You – More information about the Types Of Hair Loss:
Hereditary Hair Loss: Androgenetic Alopecia
Most hair loss can be attributed to heredity and is classified as androgenetic alopecia (AGA). It can be easily identified because it presents in distinct patterns. The pattern varies between men and women.
Androgenetic alopecia (also referred to as male-pattern baldness, female-pattern baldness, or hereditary hair loss) is a non-cicatricial alopecia and is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women.
Non-Cicatricial alopecias are non-scarring types of hair loss. Hair loss associated with Non-Cicatricial Alopecia is temporary in most cases with exception of pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). According to the American Skin Association, “Non-scarring alopecias are more common than scarring alopecias and include pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia), alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and trichotillomania as well as other less common conditions. Sometimes diseases such as secondary syphilis, thyroid disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus can lead to non-scarring hair loss also. Non-scarring hair thinning can also occur with natural aging, which is known as senescent alopecia.” It can also be caused by heredity, diet, behavioral problems, reactions to medications, or grooming habits.
Cicatricial or scarring alopecias are classified as either primary or secondary scarring alopecia. Primary scarring alopecia occurs when the hair follicle is the target of a destructive inflammatory process. Primary scarring alopecias are further classified by the type of inflammatory cells that destroy the hair follicle during the active stage of the disease (ie lymphocytic inflammation and neutrophilic inflammation). Primary scarring is caused by an underlying medical condition. In most cases, the hair loss is permanent. Secondary scarring alopecia is the destruction of the hair follicle caused by a non-follicle directed process or external injury. Refer to Appendices A and B on pages 14-15 for hair loss classifications to help identify.
How Hair Loss Occurs in Androgenetic Alopecia
How Does Hair Loss Occur in AGA?
How Does Hair Loss Occur in AGA?
Hair loss in androgenetic alopecia occurs through the natural process of miniaturization. Miniaturization is the progressive deterioration of a hair follicle. A healthy hair follicle is capable of producing healthy, terminal hair which is thicker and darker in appearance. Over time the follicle shrinks with each cycle of hair and is no longer capable of producing healthy terminal hairs; instead it produces thinner, weaker strands of hair, referred to as vellus hair. Eventually a miniaturized follicle dies and ceases to produce hair altogether, resulting in balding.
What Causes Miniaturization?
In follicles with a genetic predisposition for hair loss, a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causes the growth phase of the hair cycle to become increasingly shorter. This shorter growth window produces hair strands that are shorter in length and increasingly thinner in diameter with each hair cycle. For those without AGA in their genes, DHT is not a threat to triggering pattern hair loss. Although it is medically benign, androgenetic alopecia can get progressively worse if left untreated.