If you or a loved one in St. Augustine suffers from hair loss, there may be treatment options that can help you regenerate hair growth in your scalp. While aging and genetics are the main causes of hair loss, other health conditions may affect your hair’s health, which our physicians can examine when treating you.
At Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates, we offer various hair restoration treatments to our patients. We understand the embarrassment and shame that some patients feel when they start losing their hair, but there are treatments available that can help you. Read more to learn how you can start your hair growth journey.
Hair Restoration Options Range from Hair Transplant Surgeries to Hormone Therapy
We’ve outlined several options below that can help with hair restoration.
There are two main types of hair transplant procedures available to treat hair loss. These treatments—follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE)—both require surgery and recovery time, but results are expected to last for years to a lifetime. StatPearls notes that patients who undergo FUE surgery feel less pain after the procedure, leading to faster recovery times.
FUT transfers a portion of the patient’s scalp where hair grows to the area of the scalp where it does not, and FUE transfers individual hair follicles to fill in hairless areas. Because these treatments require surgery, some potential side effects include infection, bleeding, soreness, and swelling.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy are two noninvasive treatment procedures that do not require surgery. Instead, these treatments focus on extracting PRP and/or stem cells from the patient’s body, then injecting them into the treated area to encourage tissue repair and hair regrowth.
According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, patients who opt for PRP therapy begin seeing results after four sessions, meaning this treatment may require multiple sessions before patients can start seeing noticeable differences in their scalp. Some side effects from the procedure involve bruising or swelling around the injection site, infection, and minimal scarring.
Microneedling can be paired with PRP therapy, but it does not have to be, depending on the health of the patient’s scalp. This is a skin treatment that produces anti-aging effects in that it encourages collagen growth.
Collagen is a structural protein in the body that often promotes healthier skin. When used to target areas in the scalp missing hair, it can produce stem cells that help heal damaged tissue in the area, thus encouraging hair growth.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Our hormone levels can have a major effect on our hair’s health. Testosterone, in particular, affects hair growth and strength. When patients suffer testosterone loss, they may also suffer hair loss. Both men and women can experience hair loss as a result of low testosterone levels.
We may suggest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help you rebalance your hormone levels. If you are suffering from testosterone loss specifically, we may treat you with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) methods, such as injections or skin patches. However, pregnant or postpartum women may opt for HRT to address other hormone imbalances triggering their hair loss.
Finally, there are drug treatment options available to help patients with hair loss. These treatments include:
- Minoxidil: Minoxidil, otherwise known as Rogaine, is an over-the-counter drug that patients can purchase at the pharmacy without a prescription. This drug can come in two forms, a liquid or foam, and can be applied directly to the scalp. However, results may take months to a year to appear.
- Finasteride: Finasteride is a prescription drug, so you must see a physician in order to obtain it. It comes in two brands, Propecia or Proscar, and can be taken in tablet form. Results may become noticeable three to four months after starting.
You will Need to Fulfill Some Diagnostic Tests Before Receiving Treatment
Whether you come into our facility with a hair restoration treatment in mind or are just curious about what your medical options are, we will need to conduct some diagnostic tests to assess the health of your hair, hair follicles, scalp, and overall body.
Some of these tests may include bloodwork, which helps us measure if an underlying condition may be causing your hair loss
We will also ask you questions about your general diet, lifestyle routine, and medication history. If you are experiencing significant amounts of stress, we may also ask about those triggers to see if they might be causing hair loss.
Why are These Tests Necessary?
Hair loss can stem from a variety of causes besides aging and genetics, such as:
- Hormonal changes
- Poor diet and nutrition
- Chronic stress and other mood disorders
Getting to the root of your hair loss can help us create a treatment plan that produces long-lasting results for you, which is our goal overall.
Our Patients’ Reviews Show That We Can Help You Feel and Live Better
At Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates, we want to provide our patients with medical care that helps them feel physically better both inside and out. We aim to cater to your needs and let you feel heard when we treat your health condition.
Read some of our Google reviews to get a better idea of how our patients feel after visiting our facility:
- Jon Radford wrote, “Dr. Jonathan Henriquez is the absolute best. He is super knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. And you can genuinely see he is there because he loves to help people live best life. Couldn’t be happier as a patient!”
- Kaitlin Martin wrote, “Dr. Henriquez is the absolutely best! He is very honest, and I always feel brand new after every visit!”
Start Your Hair Restoration Journey by Coming to Our Facility
If you live in St. Augustine, come down to Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates to discuss your hair loss in an appointment. We can examine your scalp and perform other physical exams to determine what the root cause of your hair loss is, then recommend treatments to you. Call to schedule your appointment now.