Heritage Regenerative Medicine
John E. Stavrakos, MS, MD
Sports Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center serving The Greater Charlotte Area
Hair Restoration Q & A
Who is hair restoration treatment for?
You might want to consider hair restoration treatment if you're experiencing hair loss that's causing you distress.
Hair loss is common in the United States, affecting millions of men and women. For some, hair loss begins in early adulthood, but for individuals over 50 years old, it can be even more of an issue — around 50% of men experience hair loss in middle age or older.
At Heritage Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Stavrakos uses nonsurgical hair restoration treatments that boost your body's ability to grow new hair without a transplant.
What does hair restoration involve?
Dr. Stavrakos uses several biologic treatments for hair restoration. Most people benefit from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, while some might require additional treatments using cellular Wharton's jelly and/or exosomes.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
PRP is a substance drawn from your own blood. It contains platelets, i.e. the substances that make your blood clot when you’re injured. Platelets also contain growth factors, which initiate your body's healing response. PRP is a fluid containing a very high concentration of platelets, along with plasma (the fluid component of your blood) that can boost healing beyond the body’s own ability if left alone.
Wharton's jelly comes from the umbilical cord of newborn babies delivered by C-section, in a process that does not do any harm to the mother or child. It contains proteins that help bind other substances used in your treatment in a framework that prevents them from draining away. It also contains powerful growth factors and live cells that stimulate the body's healing processes by directing the body’s own stem cells to congregate at the injection site, multiply there and form the necessary tissues and structures.
Exosomes are vesicles that “bud” off of cells, that serve as messengers that trigger hair growth. Introducing concentrated exosomes into your scalp reactivates dormant cells, encouraging hair to grow.
Hair restoration begins with microneedling. The microneedling device creates tiny channels in your scalp that enable your body to absorb the PRP, cellular Wharton's jelly, and/or exosomes, which Dr. Stavrakos applies afterward.
How can I encourage the hair restoration process?
Addressing and correcting nutrient and hormone deficiencies is a vital part of the hair restoration process. Dr. Stavrakos makes a point of informing hair restoration patients that there's far more to healthy hair than what's visible above the surface.
To achieve healthy hair growth, it's important to consider all the factors that can lead to hair loss. For example, low testosterone in men, falling estrogen levels in women going through menopause, and thyroid hormone imbalance can all cause hair loss.
If your diet doesn't contain the vitamins and minerals you need for healthy hair, that can also have an effect. Your general health has an impact, too, with all sorts of disorders potentially affecting hair growth, from diabetes to depression.
Good circulation is also vital for healthy hair growth. If you have a condition like atherosclerosis that reduces blood flow, your scalp won't receive oxygen at optimal levels. Dr. Stavrakos will address these issues to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Get started on hair restoration by calling Heritage Regenerative Medicine today, or book an appointment online.
Sports Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center located in the greater Charlotte, NC area