In this article, we talk about three ways in which we treat hair loss and hair thinning. As we all know this is a dilemma that is faced by both males and females, the causes are different for each person, however, when it comes to treating this condition, we have the same protocol of aesthetic treatments.
When treating hair loss it is important to start treating the condition immediately as the sooner you start to stimulate the damaged or dying cells of the hair, the quicker it is to repair it. In a case where the hair has lost the follicle and root, unfortunately, these methods will only work when there are follicles to be stimulated. If this is the case, hair implants would be the next best option for you.
Platelet-rich Plasma Treatment
What is Plasma?
Plasma is the main part of your blood, over half of your blood is plasma. Blood is made up of liquid and solids. The liquid part is called the plasma, this is made of water, salts, and protein. The solid part of your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets which are important for your body to function. Here’s a quick recap on each part of the blood and its function.
Red blood cells (RBC) deliver oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and organs. White blood cells (WBC) fight infection and are part of your immune system, whereas Platelets help your blood to clot when you have a cut or wound.
How Does PRP Treatment Works?
This amazing treatment is not only used to stimulate hair growth but rejuvenate the skin, anti-age the skin, treat, heal and repair scars and certain injuries. In combination with other amazing treatments we can speed up results to improve the condition quicker.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a treatment where we draw your blood, separate the Platelet Rich Plasma from the rest of the blood, then reinject the PRP in the desired treatment area. This treatment is AMAZING for hair and cell stimulation, skin rejuvenation, scar repair, wound healing, and even assisting with certain sports injuries. The best part of this treatment is that it has little to no side effects. This treatment is considered a hypo-allergic treatment as it uses your own body fluids for healing with no chemical interference.
Fascia is a continuous layer of interconnected sheets and webs which envelops and holds in place every organ, nerve, blood vessel, muscle fiber, joint and bone in your body. The fascia in your body can lose its flexibility and become thick, this can also restrict the blood flow in the area thus allowing for less nutrients, oxygen, and protein stimulation. The vast nerve innervation makes fascia extremely perceptive, which can be very sensitive to the touch. Preparing the fascia prior to undergoing PRP results in pain reduction during the procedure, allows the treatment to be done much quicker and more efficiently, enhances platelet uptake as well as leaving the SCALP feeling fresh and free, feeling revived the following day.
How does this treatment reduce pain?
PRP therapy involves the penetration and injection into the tissues of the scalp. While this natural “super juice” is known for its tremendous growth and reparative properties, it can be rather painful, and this is due to needle stimulation and provocation of very sensitive and painful fascia knots.
Pain reduction is achieved through two physiological processes. Trigger point deactivation and simultaneous activation of the body’s own pain inhibition process called the pain gate.
Fascial release addresses painful stressed areas to deactivate and desensitize these zones. Patients report a much more comfortable experience, while the specialists are reporting a much quicker application time, 60 minutes with numbing cream alone, while the PRP patients were able to complete their treatments in under 30 minutes. This is attributed to less pain during the treatment, directly resulting in less pause time to recover during the session.
The Pain Gate Theory
The pain gate theory, a well-accepted neurological model, demonstrates how pain can be inhibited anywhere in the body by producing a substantial sensory input. The Touch receptors, called mechanoreceptors, are embedded in a myelin sheath, which allows for much quicker transmission of nerve signals called action potentials. The pain receptors are not embedded in myelin and therefore travel much slower to the same place where pain is processed in the brain.
As the touch receptors are selectively stimulated, the touch signals travel to the pain interpretation area of the brain, arriving before the pain signal and blocking the pain signal. Therefore, you will perceive a touch sensation and not a pain sensation.
The massage action of the treatment stimulates blood flow and accelerates lymphatic flow, improving uptake of nutrients in the circulation, and in this case may allow a higher uptake of the “precious super juice”. The surface temperature of the skin rises significantly due to the increased circulation and dilation of capillaries which is a prime environment for growth and restoration. A study done by Fousekis et al. recorded significant rises in temperature and maintained this state for 79 minutes following treatment.
CarboxyTherapy is a treatment where we inject medical graded carbon dioxide into the desired treatment area. Carbon Dioxide is a naturally occurring gas in the body, thus this treatment has little to no side-effects, besides leaving bruised and possibly swollen for a day or two. Swelling is more common in the eye area. Carboxytherapy not only treats hair rejuvenation but cellulite, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and is great for scars, lymph drainage and increases blood circulation. It originated in French spas in the 1930s. Carboxytherapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It’s a quick, 15- to 30-minute outpatient procedure, it is unfortunately uncomfortable and can be painful at times, however this pain and discomfort is due to the gas being cold and is more painful in an area where the blood circulation may be low, like areas where the fascia has hardened and thickened. On a more calming note, this pain/discomfort is over within a few seconds to a minute or two, making this procedure manageable. You can return to normal routines immediately when treating the hair.
How Does CarboxyTheraphy works on hair loss?
As Carboxytherapy increases the blood circulation, improves lymph drainage and lymphatic flow, we are creating a wound healing reaction by causing what we call controlled trauma to the treatment area. This reaction allows for the body to think that there is a lack of oxygen and nutrients in the treated area, causing a wound healing response, which in turn causes a cascade of cell reproduction.
A tank of carbon dioxide gas is connected to a flow-regulator with plastic tubing. The physician will carefully regulate how much gas flows from the tank according to the area being treated. The gas is emitted through the flow-regulator and into sterile tubing that has a filter at the end.
The filter picks up any impurities before they reach the body. The gas then runs through a very small needle on the opposite side of the filter, which the physician then injects the gas beneath the skin through the needle.
Cells in the body release carbon dioxide as waste. Red blood cells take the oxygen you inhale and carry it to tissues, then pick up carbon dioxide. Eventually, the carbon dioxide is exhaled by the lungs.
A physician can increase blood circulation to a specific area by injecting carbon dioxide, causing the red blood cells to rush to the area. When the blood cells reach the location, they create an increase in circulation. This works to repair skin elasticity, stimulate cell production and restore blood and lymph flow to the area.
We have the solution for you!
You are not alone! Hair loss and thinning of hair are such common problems in males and females, unfortunately most of us face at some point in our lives. How we treat it and when we start to treat this is important! Remember the sooner you treat the condition the easier it is to repair as there is less damage and trauma that one would have to return from! Once the hair follicle or root has died there is unfortunately no way of stimulating that cell again.
We all know the saying “prevention is better than cure”, well there you have it, hair loss and hair that is thinning is something that should be prevented before trying to fight for the cells to be cured from death!
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For as long as Angie can remember she has always been passionate about the Skin Care and Aesthetic industry. While completing her International Degree, she worked at various clinics to build as much experience and additional knowledge as possible. Once Angie had completed her International Degree in Somatology in 2011, she specialized in Aesthetic and Laser treatments. She has been privileged to work closely with Doctors and Dermatologists throughout her career, and has had the blessing of providing training for other Aesthetic Somatologists as well as Medical Practitioners within the industry. Angie has also worked with a large variety of lasers and machines, and believes that a combination of different treatments and products are always the key to quickly achieve optimal results