When talking about baldness, in our mind, we usually see the image of an elderly man. It seems to us that this affliction affects only men. Exactly – it seems to us, because about 20% of women suffer from the excessive hair loss problem! It is known that long, thick and healthy hair is a symbol of femininity and beauty, which is why its loss is so painful. It can greatly affect self-esteem and take away self-confidence.
Causes of hair loss.
Female hair is often exposed to the influence of harmful factors. Constant dyeing, high temperature during modeling, tight pony tails, the use of hairspray and other chemical cosmetics, or increasingly fashionable hair extensions are just some of them. They have one thing in common – they all have a significant effect on hair weakness and, consequently, an increased likelihood of hair loss. It is also worth to take into account all diseases. A very frequent phenomenon, both for men and women, is androgenetic baldness, which is associated with genetic conditions and hormonal disorders. Other ailments that cause excessive hair loss include alopecia areata, thyroid disorders, or dermatitis. The cause of the hair loss may also be taking certain medications or even contraceptive pills. Do not forget about such factors as stress, rapid weight loss or poor nutrition, which leads not only to hair loss, but also to breaking it.
Hair life cycle.
Every day we lose about 70-100 hair – it’s completely normal and you should not worry about it. In its place grow new, which lives on average 2-7 years. This period is divided into three phases:
anagen – time of bulb regeneration and hair growth (about 1 cm per month), which lasts from one to four years,
catagen – a 2-3 week transition period during which the hair stops growing,
telogen – the moment of rest – the hair remains in the follicles for about 3 months, then falls out so that a new one can appear in its place.
On average, 90% of our hair is in the first phase, while 10% in the last. However, this cycle can be disturbed. Then we can observe the intensification of the hair loss problem. This is a sign that you should go to the trichologist immediately – they are not doctors, but specialists in the head skin and hair, whose task is to examine them thoroughly. Their goal is to identify the problem, determine the causes of its creation and choose the right way to get rid of it.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Fortunately, aesthetic dermatology and treatments with the use of platelet-rich plasma, that is, the fluid in which blood cells are contained in the blood vessels, come with help. The first stage is taking about 25 ml of the patient’s blood which is closed in a sterile test tube and then spun in a specialized medical centrifugal machine. In this process, a concentrated amount of platelets in the plasma is obtained. They have growth properties that affect tissue regeneration and hair growth. The material is given to the head skin by mesotherapy, as a result of which the hair follicles change from dormant to active state. The treatment is completely safe because the material is extracted from the patient’s tissues. It does not cause allergies and undesirable effects. The effects are visible after 3-6 months – the hair becomes thicker and stronger, grows back much faster, and its fragility and loss are limited. For best results it is recommended to perform a series of approximately 3 treatments in 2 month intervals. Contraindications to the procedure are:
pregnancy and breast-feeding.
One week before surgery, you should not take any blood thinners such as aspirin. Please note that it can only be performed by a certified doctor. At Dr. Legrand Clinic, therapy is carried out by a plastic surgery doctor assisted by a nurse.