A recent article in New Beauty magazine highlighted the issue of hair loss and its stigma. While many commercials for shampoos and conditioners promise thick and lustrous hair, the reality is that about 40% of women experience embarrassing hair loss by the age of 50.
There are many causes of hair loss in women. They include but are not limited to age, genetics, stress, weight loss, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and thyroid imbalance.
These factors cause the hair to prematurely move from the growth phase into a resting phase, resulting in hair thinning. This resting phase then accelerates the hair shedding process.
There is hope in that newer treatments are now available and effective to halt and reverse this hair loss phenomenon. We here at Maine Laser Skin Care offer several of the latest cutting-edge procedures with high degrees of success and patient satisfaction.
We have found that no single treatment works for everyone. Instead, combinations of approaches can perform better than one type of treatment alone.
In order to prepare the body for hair regrowth, nutrition must be optimal. We recommend a combination of a daily vitamin nutraceutical hair growth supplement and a marine based collagen supplement to provide needed protein support.
These supplements help to “feed” a longer anagen, or growth phase, of hair and helping stimulate longer and thicker hair. We carry and recommend the Nutrafol line of supplements.
We have been using platelet rich plasma, or PRP, for the past 8 years using the protocols of Dr. Charles Runels, the inventor of “Vampire” procedures. This procedure involves drawing blood into a specially designed tube which is then spun down in a centrifuge to extract the portion of the blood where the platelets and growth factors of the blood reside.
This PRP is then reinjected into areas of the scalp where the hair is thinning. These injections then promote increased scalp circulation and stimulation of hair growth.
Fortunately for the more needle-averse clients, we have introduced over the past year a new noninvasive and innovative hair regrowth treatment called Alma TED. This procedure uses acoustic sound waves to stimulate scalp circulation in the first phase of the treatment, and then to push a hair regrowth serum into the scalp by ultrasound.
For both the PRP injections and the TED ultrasound treatment, a series of 3 treatments is required for the best results, and there must be a 1-month gap between each treatment. Both treatments work well with the hair regrowth supplements and collagen to nourish existing hair follicles and to stimulate new hair growth, resulting in thicker and fuller hair.
Regardless of your gender, if you have this very common but very stigmatized condition of hair thinning, we can help. Our confidential and individualized consultations are free.
Call us either at (207) 873-2158 in Augusta, or at (207) 303-0125 in Scarborough to schedule your free consultation. We perform both PRP and TED procedures at both offices, and have Nutrafol products available for immediate purchase.