Hair is a fleeting luxury for many people. Millions of people – both men and women – struggle with hair loss. The reasons for hair loss vary and can include disease, genetics, stress and hormonal imbalance. Whatever the cause, everyone wants a solution and to enjoy a full head of hair.
For women, hair loss can be absolutely devastating. A woman's hair is like her crown – it can define her whole look, feel and style. As any woman who is suffering from hair loss knows, thinning hair is a serious problem that can cause low self-esteem and deep embarrassment if left untreated.
For men, hair loss seems to be one of those inevitable effects of aging that most men cannot escape. It may not affect some as early as others, but it is fact, that almost every man will likely face hair loss as the year’s tick by. However, new technology and progressive treatments can offer permanent, effective and organic solutions.
At Doctors Studio, we treat each patient with hair loss individually. We begin with a comprehensive hormone and nutrition evaluation, and then discuss treatment options including laser light therapy, compounded medications and scientifically advanced procedures harnessing the power of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Because each patient is unique, we recommend a consultation to determine the exact treatment strategy that can be specifically tailored to each patient.
Dr. Roy specializes in designing a treatment plan that delivers results and lasting benefits. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Roy to find the right plan for you.
Hormone and Nutrition Evaluation
Millions of people all over the world are affected by hair loss. Alopecia areata (female pattern baldness), hereditary androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) fungal infections, autoimmune disorders, traumatic damage (such as compulsive pulling), as a result of nutrient deficiencies) or chemotherapy – these are all causes of hair loss.
Proper evaluation is necessary to diagnose the root cause of any hair loss. Medical history, nutritional status and hairdressing habits all play a role in hair loss and hair quality.
Blood tests may be needed if the doctor suspects a medical illness (such as lupus) or a thyroid problem, iron deficiency or sex-hormone imbalance. Some of the testing at Doctors Studio may include:
- Hormone testing (estrogens, testosterone, cortisol and progesterone)
- Nutrient (minerals, Vitamins, Amino Acids, Omega 3 fatty acid levels)
- Blood tests for assessing the thyroid function and iron status
- Autoimmune Profile
What Is Regenerative Hair Growth?
People who desire a non-surgical regrowth strategy that is safe and effective choose the Studio Scalp® procedure. This revolutionary procedure combines Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and nutrients injected into the scalp to encourage and stimulate hair growth. PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis and localized cell growth. Effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, PRP has also regrown hair in alopecia areata, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.
How Does Studio Scalp Work?
The Studio Scalp® treatment takes about 90 minutes to complete. First, a blood sample is obtained which is specially processed to produce the PRP. A local anesthetic or ring block is administered to completely numb the scalp treatment area. The PRP and nutrients are combined and then administered via a series of injections over the full scalp or in a localized treatment area such as the eyebrows or beard. Lastly, a microneedle technique is performed on the entire treatment area, and additional PRP is worked into the scalp.
The recovery from the procedure is typically uneventful. Pain is easily managed in most cases with non-narcotic analgesic medication such as Ibuprofen. Some mild swelling of the forehead is occasionally seen 1-2 days after injections. This is normal and will resolve in 48 hours.
Avoiding vigorous activity is recommended until the swelling is gone. There is no other downtime or noticeable effects of the procedure. Patients can wash their hair normally immediately after the injections.
New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 4-8 months and will continue to improve up to a year after treatment. Laser Light Therapy and topical medication are generally prescribed as the ongoing treatment protocol for optimal results.
What Types of Conditions Respond to Studio Scalp® Treatment?
The Studio Scalp® technique is a versatile tool in the treatment of hair loss for a number of causes including:
- Male Pattern Hair Loss – especially in the early stages of balding, or anytime there is a lot of miniaturized hair on the scalp
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages of hair loss
- Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
- Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis
- Metabolic causes of hair loss – iron deficiency and medication induced hair loss
Laser Light Therapy
Laser light therapy is scientifically proven to improve cellular respiration and function by stimulating the hair follicle cells. Better breathing cells, make for a better functioning hair follicle. Consistent use of low-level laser therapy has been reported to prevent hair loss and improve the appearance of hair quality, hair strength and hair thickness. Laser Therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment regimen or in conjunction with FDA-approved medications.
The LaserCap LCPRO is a medical device that is FDA Cleared to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss in both women and men. LaserCap is a portable, hands-free, cordless and rechargeable low-level laser therapy device for men and women designed to deliver laser therapy to the scalp in a convenient and discreet way.
LaserCap is the original and first device to offer the power of a clinical laser therapy unit in a 100% cordless, rechargeable, discreet treatment device that literally fits under your favorite baseball hat.
Nearly 40x the power of comb-lasers and infinitely easier to use. Walk, jog, bike, drive or sit… LaserCap is a non-chemical, non-invasive, pain-free treatment that can be applied anytime you can wear a hat or scarf.
Note: LaserCap is available only through physicians.
Since hair loss tends to be both gradual and progressive, it is often wise to combine a medical treatment regimen routine to get the most optimal result. Specialty compounded medications such as Finasteride, 82M and 82F can enhance the long-term outcome of any hair regrowth treatment program.
Compounded Finasteride FinPlus contains pharmacy-compounded finasteride 1.25mg PLUS a sophisticated blend of standardized, hair-healthy organic herbs and nutrients including Biotin, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens), Horsetail Extract, Nettle Leaf, Astragalus, Poria Cocos, and Rehmannia in a convenient daily oral capsule for maximum hair regrowth.
This unique combination of organic, sustainably sourced herbs is designed to support healthy hair growth, healthy circulation as well as decrease inflammation in the body. Biotin is a water-soluble nutrient which supports healthy skin, hair and nail function. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is reported to have effects on DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a primary trigger for hereditary hair loss in men) and its activity in the body. Astragalus, derived from pure Astragalus membranaceous root, activates telomerase which helps protect and/or restore telomere length, a key regulator of cellular aging and stem cell function in the body. Telomere length and telomerase activity was the subject of recent Nobel Prize winning research in the area of Medicine and Physiology.
Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia—the only oral FDA-approved prescription treatment for hair loss in men. In long-term, large-scale, double-blind, randomized clinical trials, daily finasteride has been shown to be beneficial to 90% of men experiencing male pattern hair loss. Finasteride lowers DHT—a primary trigger for male pattern hair loss.
Formula 82M, A Rogaine and Minoxidil Alternative
When properly applied, Compounded Formula 82M absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy residue like rogaine or generic minoxidil. The specially designed packaging allows direct application to the scalp, so the active ingredient gets directly to the follicle, not on your hair—which can cause hair styling problems.
Appropriate as a first-line hair loss and hair regrowth therapy for men and women with androgenic alopecia and other conditions like traction alopecia, it also works to protect and strengthen hair follicles, so they produce a stronger, healthier hair and stay in the growing phase longer.
Many knock-off compounded minoxidil formulations are still greasy and gooey, leaving a significant residue in your hair. Compounded Formula 82M virtually eliminates this issue when used properly. Because it contains retinoic acid (Retin-A) as well as a mild anti-androgen, mild anti-inflammatory as well as powerful antioxidants and even a mild hair conditioner and skin conditioner in a specially-formulated base, it is highly effective for hair regrowth with an extremely low risk of side-effects. Studies prove that minoxidil with retinoic acid works more powerfully than minoxidil alone, believed to be due to enhanced penetration of the minoxidil to the hair follicle.
“Finoxidil” is a topical compounded prescription solution containing the FDA-approved hair growth medications finasteride 0.25% and minoxidil 5%, as well as retinoic acid for enhanced penetration of minoxidil and sebum reduction, a mild low-dose anti-inflammatory, oleanolic acid—a mild anti-androgen, and other beneficial ingredients such as powerful antioxidant algae extracts without any propylene glycol (a common irritant) at a neutral pH.
Formula 82F “Finoxidil” offers the powerful DHT-reducing effect of finasteride along with a deeply penetrating minoxidil formulation in a non-greasy, user-friendly, hairstyle friendly, compounded topical prescription formula that may be appropriate for men and some postmenopausal women in the medical management of hair loss.
Twice daily minoxidil has been shown to regrow hair in up to 85% of men and 60% of women. Finasteride was FDA-approved as an oral prescription hair regrowth pill for men in 1998. While 90% effective orally, concerns about systemic side effects led researchers to explore the benefits of a compounded preparation of topical finasteride. Formula 82F “Finoxidil” offers the synergistic approach of the only two medications FDA approved for hair regrowth.
Dr. Roy will use the latest techniques to find out the cause of your hair loss and give the best hair restoration recommendations customized to your needs and concerns. If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning contact us 561-444-7751 or email at [email protected]