Is your hair loss causing you to lose confidence and feel insecure? You’re not alone; 75 percent of Canadian men and 25 percent of Canadian women suffer from hair loss. This incredibly common condition is sometimes a symptom of an underlying issue. Other times, it’s simply part of the ageing process. Either way, rest assured that you aren’t doomed to a life of thinning hair and baldness. There are plenty of non-invasive treatments, like PRP hair loss treatments in Toronto. Learn more about what’s causing your hair loss or thinning and the best treatments for you.
Not all hair loss cases look the same. You might notice your hair is thinning in some spots or all over. Alternatively, you might see bald patches and a receding hairline. Each of these forms of hair loss can usually be treated once you know what the cause is.
The most common forms of hair loss are male-pattern and female-pattern balding. This is when the hairline recedes and a bald spot appears on the crown of your head. It’s a result of your genetics; some family lines have a history of thinning hair. Genetics can also affect your hormones, which, in turn, affect hair growth. Thus, life cycles that consist of fluctuating hormones can also cause you to lose hair temporarily. They include pregnancy, menopause, and halting your dose of birth control.
Some medical conditions can also cause hair loss; they can be hereditary or develop as you age. One of the most notable is alopecia. This autoimmune disease attacks the hair follicles all over your body. Often, you won’t notice you have it until it affects their hair follicles on your head. The resulting round bald spots can be alarming and ignite stress.
There are different forms of alopecia; alopecia areata is when patches of hair fall out from the head. You can also suffer from alopecia totalis, which is the total loss of hair on your head, or alopecia universalis, which is the complete loss of hair from your body. Luckily, there are many options for the treatment of alopecia.
Hair loss can also be caused by the medications you take to treat other health conditions. Some of the medicines used to treat cancer, like chemotherapy drugs, notoriously cause your hair to fall out. Similarly, medications used to treat arthritis, high blood pressure, and even depression can lead to hair loss.
Another common cause of hair loss or thinning is being deficient in key vitamins. Without these critical nutrients from your diet or supplements, your hair may begin to thin and fall out. Ensure you get enough iron, biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, D, and E. Getting a healthy and balanced diet ensures not only that your hair stays lush and full, but that your body can better withstand the signs of ageing.
More and more patients who suffer from hair loss are finding success with PRP injections in Toronto. What are PRP injections? Are you eligible for them?
PRP stands for Platelet-rich Plasma. When combined with Autologous Thrombin Serum (ATS) it’s known as A-PRP. This natural therapy is incredibly beneficial for encouraging new hair growth and strengthening existing strands. Platelets are tiny cells in the blood that contain growth factors, proteins, cytokines, etc. They are known to repair tissue and trigger an immune response.
PRP injections consist of withdrawing 15-60 millilitres of your blood and then being centrifuged. This means the blood’s red cells and platelet-poor plasma is removed so that the remaining sample only contains platelet-rich plasma. As you can tell, this is not an at-home treatment or something that an inexperienced technician should perform. Only receive PRP treatment from an established and credible facility.
That remaining sample of PRP is then reinjected into the hair bulbs. The needle is so thin that this step is virtually painless. By injecting concentrated amounts of PRP into the hair bulbs, you can trigger an immune reaction. This means that those suffering from hair loss due to autoimmune diseases may be able to ignite new hair growth. It can also provide extra nutrients to the hair follicles, thus allowing them to produce stronger hair strands. The results of PRP injections for hair loss are unbelievable. You may notice new growth in balding spots, thinning hair getting fuller, and stronger hair overall.
PRP injections are life-changing for other conditions besides hair loss. Since the plasma-rich platelets stimulate growth and rejuvenation wherever they’re reinjected, you can target other problem areas. Many clients use PRP treatment to reduce the signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles. They can also remedy dark undereye circles, crease marks on the chest, and stretch marks. There are few side effects associated with PRP injections; however, the small wound created by the needle can sometimes irritate. It’s important never to pick or itch the injury and to let it heal naturally. Follow the technician’s instructions for aftercare.
Besides getting PRP injections in Toronto, there are some other helpful ways to nurture your hair. It starts by getting a nutritious diet. When you allow your body to become deficient in nutrients, various effects can occur. For example, without enough iron and protein, your hair will get thinner and begin falling out. Without enough omega-3 fatty acids, you may experience earlier onset of wrinkles and dry skin. By not drinking enough water, the cells in your body won’t be able to regulate their temperatures or function optimally.
Another way to prevent hair loss is to use hair styling products conservatively. Too much hair gel, mousse, or cream can force the hair follicles to get clogged with the product. The chemicals in these products block the hair from coming to the surface. Instead, choose hair products that are specially formatted to empower hair growth. Limit the amount you use on your scalp. When you’re in the shower and massaging in the shampoo, spend a little extra time massaging. This action not only feels good, but it increases the blood circulation around your scalp. The more blood that flows here, the more PRP naturally enters the hair bulbs. Plus, it’s a great way to decrease stress levels, which can also contribute to hair loss.
Clarity Med Spa & Laser has been treating hair loss and hair thinning successfully for years. Our expert technicians are highly-qualified to perform PRP injections in Toronto so our clients can live fuller, more confident lives.
Chantal Ward is a Registered Nurse with over 18 years of experience in the aesthetics industry. Ms. Ward is highly skilled in the area of aesthetic lasers, advanced & non-invasive technologies, Botox® and Dermal Fillers.
Chantal has been employed by some of North America’s largest and most respected Aesthetic Laser Manufacturers. Her experience as a Consultant / Trainer to Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Nurses and Alternative Practitioners gives her a unique perspective on evolving technologies and how they best serve her patients.