Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

What to Do If Your Hair Falls Out

Category: Platelet Rich Plasma

What to Do If Your Hair Falls Out

Many men and women who experience hair loss feel as though they are alone, when in reality, hair loss is a common condition. Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons in men and women of all ages. If your hair has begun to fall out, there is no need to feel hopeless. The following hair restoration treatments can restore a fuller head of hair and improve your self-confidence and self-image.

Causes of Hair Loss

Androgenic alopecia (AGA) is the most common cause of hair loss. As this genetic condition can affect both genders, it may be called male pattern hair loss (or male pattern baldness) and female pattern hair loss. Male hair loss is far more common than female hair loss, especially as men age. In addition to AGA, hormones and age can contribute to male hair loss. Men in their 50s have a 50 percent chance of having noticeable hair loss.

 

Female hair loss can be caused by androgenic alopecia as well as other conditions such as alopecia areata, trichotillomania, loose-anagen syndrome, scalp infections, and scarring alopecia. Temporary hair loss is more common in women than men and is usually related to hormonal changes, hypothyroidism, stress, or certain medications.

Getting Treatment for Hair Loss

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If you have hair loss, hair restoration treatment methods can help. An accurate diagnosis is essential, especially for women because they are more likely to have alternate causes of hair loss than AGA. Treatment for hair loss includes the following options:

  • Medication: Hair loss medicines such as Rogaine® (minoxidil) and Propecia® (finasteride) can be used to treat hair loss.
  • PRP: Platelet-rich plasma injections can stimulate hair growth, prevent hair loss, and improve the quality of the hair. The procedure consists of taking a small amount of blood from the patient and processing it to concentrate the platelets. The platelets in the body contain many growth factors, and these are injected into the scalp. The new protocols consist of an injection once a month for four months. The patient can resume normal activity the following day. Research has shown an 80 percent response rate.
  • Laser Therapy: Photo-biotherapy can stimulate the hair follicles so that they produce thicker hair, which improves hair volume. This treatment is most beneficial for women who have diffuse hair loss. Low-level laser therapy (HairMax®) can also be used as a non-surgical treatment for male hair loss.
  • Camouflage: Creative hair styling and the strategic use of sprays and powders can help conceal hair loss for those with enough hair to support these methods.  
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Hair Restoration Surgery: A strip of tissue is removed from the sides or back of the head and split into units of one to four hairs. These are then transplanted to the recipient site through tiny incisions. This technique is best for larger transplants and is the most commonly used hair transplantation procedure.
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Restoration Surgery: Tiny, round incisions are made around hair follicles on the sides or back of the head and removed one at a time. They are then transplanted into the recipient site. This technique is best for smaller areas and is a longer and costlier procedure than FUT.

With the right treatment, hair loss can be corrected and a fuller head of hair can be restored. If your hair is falling out, schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo for hair restoration treatment. Call (915) 590-7900 or contact Dr. Agullo online to book your appointment today.

How Does Stress Affect Your Beauty?

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Beauty Restoration TreatmentsStress is an unfortunate fact of life. For people living with chronic stress, their bodies take a serious beating. Chronic stress disrupts the natural hormone levels in your body, causing homeostatic imbalances that can lead to health issues like heartburn, respiratory problems, cardiac irregularities, and insomnia. Stress sometimes gets expressed externally as well, altering your beauty. The effects of stress may cause:

Wrinkles

When you are stressed, your muscles have a tendency to be tense. Muscle tension in the face, mainly in the forehead and around the eyes, can etch in deep wrinkles. These wrinkles prematurely age the face.

Solution:

PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) Facial Rejuvenation: Blood plasma enriched with platelets that release growth factors to promote collagen production and healing.

  • PRP treatments combined with dermal fillers or fat grafting can achieve smooth, younger-looking skin.

Hollow Eyes and Cheeks

People that suffer from chronic stress will occasionally experience bouts of insomnia. Lack of sleep leads to dark, puffy under-eye bags and hollow cheeks, which make you appear constantly fatigued.

Solution:

Fat injections: The transfer of fat into areas of the face that have experienced a loss of volume.

  • Smoothing under-eye bags and plumping sunken cheeks restores a rested appearance and a bright complexion.

Weight Gain

Some people have a tendency to overeat as an emotional coping mechanism for stress. The increased caloric intake is often accompanied by a lack of motivation to exercise, which can cause you to pack on the pounds. During stressful times, your body also produces hormones that cause you to store excess fat. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cosmetic procedure to help you lose a major amount of weight. You can lose weight with the help of a nutritionist, personal trainer, and personal determination. Once you have lost weight, you may be discouraged to find excess skin and clinging fat deposits you didn’t have before.

Solution:

Body Contouring: A combination of surgical procedures that may include liposuction, tummy tuck, and arm lift surgery.

  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Tightens and tones the area
  • Restores pleasing body contours

Hair Loss

Hair loss normally occurs six weeks to three months after the initial stressful event. After a traumatic event, the body releases hormones that disrupt the natural hair growth cycle. For some people, stress causes ticks where they pull out an excessive amount of their hair.

Solution:

In most cases, your hair cycle will return to normal. If it doesn’t, the stress may have exacerbated an underlying medical condition.

PRP for Hair Loss: Wakes up dormant hair follicles and stimulates them to grow.

Hair Transplant: Takes hair follicles from donor sites and transplants them to areas where the hair is thinning or bald.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Agullo to erase signs of stress and restore your vibrant, beautiful self. Call our office today at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form here.

Feeding Follicles: Protein Rich Plasma and Hair Regrowth

The search for the perfect way to regrow hair is about as legendary — and some might say as historically longstanding — as the search for the fabled Fountain of Youth.

But legend and fable have nothing to do with one of the latest and most promising procedures available to promote hair growth: Protein, or Platelet Rich Plasma. The same medical procedure used to speed up the healing of wounds and recovery from surgery may also have applicable benefits to reviving dormant hair cells.

side profile of woman with long brown hairWhile some remain skeptical, Platelet Rich Plasma has been demonstrated to wake up dormant hair follicle stem cells. That makes PRP what could be the next big breakthrough in the treatment of hair loss.

Dr. Frank Agullo, an M.D. and board-certified plastic surgeon at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, acknowledges that PRP may indeed be the best medical treatment advance to address hair loss since Propecia, but it is not a cure-all for everyone.

Experienced surgeons like Dr. Agullo must do a comprehensive analysis of each hair loss client before suggesting any kind of treatment, let alone knowing what the best course of action would be as certain treatments favor certain individual types.

When platelets are activated in the human body, the sponge-like molecules form branches while releasing proteins that heal. These proteins are called growth factors and these growth factors do everything with the end result being accelerated tissue and wound healing. A recent case study cited online http://www.regrowhair.com/hair-loss-blog/can-platelet-rich-plasma-prp-stop-hair-loss-and-grow-hair/ involving a 26-year-old man suggests that platelet rich plasma can stop and reverse hair miniaturization caused by male pattern baldness.

Experts explain that due to the concentrated nature of PRP and its ability to be used in specific, targeted or isolated areas, Platelets can also improve coagulation and lessen bleeding. Since platelets are also steeped in proteins, it may allow them to better help the healing process on grafting areas too.

While PRP treatment may not be for everyone, and may not yield the same results for everyone, it does show promise, primarily because of the introduction of platelets and white blood cells through platelet rich plasma (PRP). That amplifies the body’s naturally-occurring wound healing mechanism. Others propose that PRP can actually stimulate the stem cells (dermal papilla) of the newly transplanted hair follicles. Some practitioners also claim that PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia and even preventing hair loss.

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