Factor 4 Hair Loss Treatment
What is Androgenic Alopecia?
Factor 4 hair loss treatment is used in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia, so it is helpful to understand a little about this condition. Your doctor will need to diagnose you with Androgenic Alopecia as there may be other significant reasons for your hair loss.
Men lose their hair when three main factors interact; age, genetics and hormones.
Androgenic Alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness) occurs due to changing hormones levels over time.
The hair on your head goes through a growth cycle that lasts from 2 to six years. At the end of that cycle, the hair goes into a resting phase before finally falling out. The follicle then produces another hair and the cycle begins again.
It is believed that high levels of androgens and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) play a role in shrinking hair follicles and shortening the growth cycle. It is also thought that DHT causes hair follicles to take longer to produce new hairs once the old one falls out. Hair will grow progressively shorter and finer until eventually, no new hairs grow at all.
What is Factor 4 Hair Loss Treatment?
Factor 4 is an autologous treatment derived from your own blood and is used to accelerate healing in various parts of the body. It has been used successfully in skin rejuvenation to promote new collagen and elastin production. The skin and the hair are intimately connected, so it is not so surprising to know that Factor 4 has also been very successful at restoring hair loss.
The goal of Factor 4 is to stimulate your existing hair follicles to continue to be healthy and productive in growing hair. For advanced hair loss where there are no follicles remaining, Factor 4 would not be recommended. By maintaining your existing hair follicles you can enjoy a full head of hair for longer, delaying the possible need for hair transplant in the future.
How Does Factor 4 Work?
Factor 4 makes use of the bodies own healing mechanisms to accelerate healing. When an injury occurs in the body, it is the platelets that release growth factors that stimulate the fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin to repair the injury.
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Factor 4 is very similar to PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). The main difference is that the patient blood sample has been incubated for a period of time to allow the platelets time to produce growth factors and proteins that speed up tissue repair. It is suggested that Factor 4 has 4 times the amount of growth factors present, compared to traditional PRP preparations.
The exact mechanisms are not well known, however, it is believed that the growth factors in Factor 4 are able to help regrow your existing hair follicles by reversing the process that occurs in androgenic alopecia.
How is The Factor 4 Serum Produced?
- Approximately 50ml of blood will be taken
- Your blood will then be incubated
- The blood will then be placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge will separate out the blood components.
- The plasma which is now high in growth factors will be drawn off and refrigerated to below -18 degrees C.
- Your Factor 4 serum will be defrosted prior to your appointment.
What is Involved in Factor 4 Hair Loss Treatment
Before your first treatment, you will need to come to have your blood taken. Approximately 50ml of blood will be collected from your arm. It is important that you are well hydrated before giving blood as this will help provide a higher yield of Factor 4 serum. We recommend drinking 2-4 L of water in the 24 hours before your blood taking appointment.
Ideally, the hair should be short for this treatment to be administered. The treatment area will be cleaned and a topical anaesthetic applied. This will be left on for 30 minutes before being wiped off. The treatment area is then cleaned with Chlorhexidine. The Factor 4 solution is then drizzled onto the area to be treated. The Factor 4 serum will then enter the scalp using a skin needling device. The needling device will introduce micro-injuries to the skin which will activate a healing response in combination with the factor 4 solution.
After the treatment, you may return to your normal activities. Do not wash your hair for twelve hours after your treatment. The treatment should be repeated monthly for six treatment for best results. Maintenance treatments conducted every six months are recommended.
What Results Can I Expect?
In 2015 a study was conducted to determine the efficacy of Autologous plasma treatment. The study concluded that after a series of six treatments over a six month period that the patients involved has improved hair count, hair thickness and hair root strength.
It is important to note that individual results do vary and results cannot be guaranteed. Many of the patients at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine that have undergone this treatment for Androgenic Alopecia are extremely pleased with the results and keep returning for top-up treatments.
How Long Does it Last?
Factor 4 is not a cure for hair loss. It is for this reason that maintenance Factor 4 treatments are required every six months to maintain hair growth results.
Why Choose Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.
Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.
Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve. At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.
Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.
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