Hair Loss Treatment

Hair Loss Treatment

Hair loss affects individuals of all genders, ages, and backgrounds. Whether it’s gradual thinning, receding hairlines, or noticeable patches of baldness, hair loss can have a significant impact on a person’s appearance, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Understanding the various types of hair loss and their causes can help you find a suitable treatment.

What is hair loss?

Hair loss refers to the partial or complete loss of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows. This means that new hair does not grow to replace the hair that has fallen out. Hair loss can occur on the scalp, as well as other parts of the body, and can range from mild thinning to significant baldness.

Who does it affect?

While hair loss can affect individuals of all genders, certain factors can make individuals more susceptible to it. Men are more likely to experience androgenetic alopecia, while women may experience hair loss due to hormonal changes during menopause or childbirth. 

Individuals with a family history of hair loss, underlying medical conditions and high-stress levels are more prone to hair loss.

Causes of hair loss

Hair loss happens when there is an interruption in the hair growth cycle. This disruption to the hair growth cycle may be caused by one or more factors.

  1. Androgenetic alopecia –  commonly referred to as male or female pattern baldness, as it follows a predictable pattern of hair loss or thinning.
  2. Hormonal changes – Hormonal imbalances, such as those that occur during pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, or with certain medical conditions, can contribute to hair loss.
  3. Ageing – As people age, it is common for hair to become thinner and reduce in density. This type of hair loss is often referred to as age-related or age-associated hair thinning.
  4. Medical conditions – Certain health conditions, such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, scalp infections, and alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition that causes patchy hair loss), can lead to hair loss.
  5. Nutritional deficiencies – Inadequate intake of essential nutrients, such as iron, zinc, and vitamins, can impact hair growth and lead to hair loss.

Hair loss treatments – our approach

At Dr Allan Aesthetics, we take a holistic approach to dealing with hair loss. Diagnosing, and then addressing the root cause of the hair loss is our priority. Depending on the root cause of your hair loss, we then offer a wide range of treatment options such as topical solution, oral medication, PRP therapy and Exosome mesotherapy/microneedling. Understanding the different types of treatments can empower you to make informed decisions and find solutions that will best suit your needs. 

  1. Topical solution – offer you a convenient and non-invasive approach to treating hair loss. These solutions are typically applied directly to the scalp. Some common topical solutions used in NZ for the treatment of hair loss include Minoxidil and Finasteride.
  2. Oral medication – play a significant role in treating hair loss, particularly in cases of male pattern baldness and certain medical conditions. Some examples of common prescription oral medications are Finasteride and Dutasteride.
  3. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair loss treatment – is a regenerative therapy that utilises the patient’s own blood to stimulate hair growth. With this hair loss treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn and processed to extract platelets rich in growth factors. The concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp, targeting areas of hair loss or thinning. These growth factors promote hair follicle regeneration, improve blood circulation, and stimulate dormant hair follicles. PRP treatment is minimally invasive, has a low risk of side effects, and can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other hair loss therapies.
  4. Exosome mesotherapy/microneedling – Exosomes are small nano-sized vesicles that are produced and released by cells in the body. Exosomes contain a variety of molecules including proteins, RNA (ribonucleic acid), lipids (fats) and other bioactive substances. When injected into scalp via mesotherapy or microneedling, Exosomes help the proliferation of hair follicles, accelerate the hair growth cycle, increase hair density, and help protect the follicle cells from damage caused by things like stress and hormones. It is important to note that exosomes are not cells themselves; they are small vesicles released by cells and are incapable of reproduction or transformation. They are cell-free, DNA-free and their main function is to influence other cells giving them a favourable safety profile.