Hair Loss Treatment / Hair Growth Treatment - Adelaide
Hair Loss Treatment: Losing hair can be a distressing moment in anyone’s life. Don’t stress; autologous serum can help you regrow your hair (if you suffer from androgenic alopecia).
As we age, we find that various processes that take place in our body start to change. For one, our skin starts to lose volume and wrinkles and creases start to become more visible. Heaven forbid we might also start to experience losing hair from the scalp.
Starting to lose hair can be a very stressful event, especially when that hair loss starts to affect our appearance.
However, with the developments of modern medicine, we now have the ability to stop hair loss in its tracks. The development of growth factors that we can inject into the scalp has allowed hundreds of patients to regrow their hair naturally.
It is important to understand the causes of hair loss, because the treatment will be different for each type of hair loss.
A hair transplant will always be the treatment of last resort. Indeed, even hair transplant treatment will only be carried out if the patient is committed to undergoing hair loss treatment for the long term. This will prevent the patient from continuing to lose hair and requiring further hair transplants down the track.
How it works
What Are The Causes of Hair Shedding?
Hair shedding as opposed to hair loss is totally normal and occurs as the hair cycles through the hair growth stages (anagen – growth phase, catagen – transition phase, telegen – resting phase, exogen -shedding phase).
Excess shedding, however, also known as telogen effluvium, is a sign that something is not quite right. At any moment in time, each hair on your head will be at a different stage of the cycle.
Because the cycle takes time, any major shedding that you today will be the result of something that happened three months ago.
There are several reasons that excess shedding may occur;
- Pregnancy and hormone changes
- Thyroid problems
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Medications such as chemotherapy drugs
Excess hair shedding is not permanent and your hair will regrow when the ideal conditions for growth are provided.
What is The Cause of True Hair Loss (Alopecia)
True hair loss is also known as alopecia. Alopecia causes hair to fall out over a period of time. Unlike hair shedding, alopecia can be permanent. We will explain some of the different types of alopecia;
This is an autoimmune disease that causes the bodies immune system to attack the hair follicles. It often presents physically as round patchy areas that are free from hair.
When tension is applied to the hair strand it will tug on the hair root and overtime may damage the hair follicle. This may be caused by tightly pulled back hairstyles or even hair extensions.
This is the most common form of hair loss. Androgenic Alopecia is genetic and occurs in both men and women. In women, it is known as female pattern baldness and for men, it is known as male pattern baldness. In women, it most often presents after menopause.
Androgenic alopecia is a gradual process. In women, it present as “female pattern baldness”, thinning of the hair and widening of the hair part. In men, it presents as “male pattern baldness”, a receding hairline and a bald spot on top of the head.
Hair Loss Treatment Explained
The hair loss treatment offered at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is for the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia. Dr Targett will need to conduct a full medical examination and history to be able to determine if you suffer from Androgenic Alopecia or if your hair loss is due to some other cause.
At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we are able to offer excellent autologous treatments for Androgenic Alopecia. These treatments are known as Factor 4 and Regenera Activa. Autologous means that the treatment serum is produced entirely from your own body cells (platelets or skin cells with hair follicles).
The theory is that growth factors from autologous serum play a role in stimulating your remaining hair follicles to continue producing healthy strong hair. Using this treatment will allow you to keep your existing hair for longer, delaying the need for a hair transplant.
For more advanced hair loss where no hair remains in the balding region ACM can offer you Neograft Hair Transplant; which is a modern FUE (follicular unit extraction), strand by strand hair replacement technique.
Before & After
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.
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When Should I get Factor 4 Hair Loss Treatment?
When we inject growth factors into the scalp, it has the effect of repairing and regenerating the hair follicles. The hair regrows from those follicles and becomes stronger and thicker.
This can only be achieved if the hair follicles are not completely destroyed in the first instance. Autologous serum therapy is most effective when the hair follicles are still present and active. As soon as you begin to notice that your hair is beginning to thin or recede, you should consider strongly having a treatment with an autologous serum to prevent the hair loss from continuing. If you leave this for too long, you may well find that you have lost your window of opportunity to repair the hair loss.
In our experience, we highly recommend that you start hair loss treatment as soon as possible since this will give you a better response to the growth factors. Normally the treatment involves a series of six treatment, spaced one month apart.
What is Involved in factor 4 Hair Loss Treatment?
A strong local topical anaesthetic will be applied to the scalp, while your autologous serum is being prepared. This will allow your skin to go numb so that you will not experience too much discomfort during the procedure. The growth factors are then injected into the skin by way of a Mderma needle gun. The needles will penetrate your scalp four to six millimetres.
There is no downtime involved in this procedure, so you will not need to take time away from work. The treatment will take about one hour to complete, after which you may resume your daily activities as normal.
Autologous Serum therapy requires a great degree of skill. It is a medical procedure and should only be performed by a doctor trained in aesthetic medicine for you to get the best outcome.
How Does Factor 4 Hair Loss Treatment Work?
Here at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in Adelaide, autologous serum hair loss treatment is a revolutionary new plasma treatment method to help patients that suffer from hair loss and alopecia. Autologous plasma is injected into the scalp using an MDerma needle gun, thus stimulating the hair follicles into hair growth.
The procedure for producing the growth factors includes;
- Extracting about fifty ml of blood from the patient.
- The blood is then incubated and centrifuged to isolate the blood serum contain the all-important growth factors.
- The blood serum is then filtered and injected into the scalp allowing the growth factors to go to work stimulating hair growth.
PRP therapy is similar to Factor 4, but because it is not incubated does not have the same concentration of growth factors. We have found that the factor 4 treatment method has the best ability to promote hair growth.
What is the main cause of hair loss?
- Family History of Hairloss: For most people hair loss is hereditary. This is also known as Androgenic Alopecia or more commonly male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. Its pattern is generally predictable in both men and women. This is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women.
- Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy, menopause, childbirth and thyroid problems can all cause hormonal changes. These hormonal changes may cause permanent or temporary hair loss.
- Medical Conditions: Alopecia Areata - is immune system related and causes patchy hair loss; Ringworm - scalp infection; Trichotillomania - hair pulling disorder.
- Medications: hair loss may be caused as a side effect of particular drugs and supplements;
- Radiation Therapy to the scalp:
- Stressful events: generally causes only temporary hair loss. Hair loss and thinning may occur several months after a stressful event.
- Hairstyles: hairstyles that pull the hair can cause traction alopecia. Hair loss can be permanent.
Is hair loss covered by Medicare?
Hair loss is considered to be a cosmetic problem and Medicare will not cover you for this. If you have an underlying medical condition such as alopecia aerate, your private medical insurance may cover you for your treatment. It is best to always consult with your private medical insurer first.