The Center of Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment is one of nine specialty centers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, focusing specifically on hair restoration and research. When it comes to hair loss, our specialty center has put utmost effort into restoring your hair back to full health while maintaining your desires, goals, and comfort at the forefront for over 36 years.
Our providers present a full array of non-surgical options, including the 633 red light led laser equipped laser cap, natural growth factor scalp injections with ECM, and unique topical solutions to stimulate hair growth. Whether a cosmetic or medical option such as Propecia® or Rogaine® is the right solution for you, the ultimate goal of The Center of Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment team is to achieve the most natural looking results possible for all patients.
About Hair Loss
Hair grows in different ways based on its location on the body as well as your genetic background, age, and hormonal influences. Hair is approximately 91% protein with at least 85% of the hairs on the scalp growing at one time, growing by about one half-inch per month. Normal daily hair shedding of 50-100 hairs per day is common and expected. While that may seem excessive, it is rather modest considering there are 80,000 to 140,000 scalp hairs on the average healthy individual.
Hair Loss Prevention
While baldness is progressive and unpredictable, at The Center of Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment, early diagnosis for the cause of hair loss and prevention of further loss is the most important factor in slowing down the progression of hair loss.
Several treatment options are available for thinning hair based on your extent of hair loss, goals, age, and gender. With proven records for hair growth and FDA approval, oral Propecia® and topical Rogaine® are notable options to prevent hair loss. When used in conjunction, they help to prevent further progression of genetic loss. While highly variable, reports exist of people who have grown cosmetically acceptable hair where balding had previously occurred while using these treatments. Other prescription compounds and technologies such as laser therapy are also effective hair loss management options.
Treating your hair loss starts with determining what is causing your hair loss. At The Center of Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment, our specialists will evaluate your history and your condition order to determine and discuss possible causes of your hair loss. Once the issue is pinpointed and diagnosed, a customized treatment plan is recommended for you and we will discuss your options.
Just as the causes for hair loss vary greatly, so do the treatments. In order to effectively target your specific hair loss cause and problem, seeing a hair loss specialist is your first step to restoration.
For men and women alike, The Center of Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment offers solutions in the form of medical and cosmetic options. According to the latest by MERCK, for male pattern baldness sufferers and women past the age of childbearing, oral Propecia® or Proscar® has led to a 30-40% re-growth of hair and even higher percentage of patients who experience decreased hair loss. Therefore, the most important use of Propecia® is to limit the effects of DHT and bring the constant, excess loss to a halt. This stoppage of the hair loss is common in 80% of patients. The effects are increased when these medications are combined with Extra Strength 5% Rogaine® solution, and sometimes Retin-A® is added to topical solutions to increase their absorption.
One problem with Rogaine® is that, along with desired areas on the head, it can produce hair growth alongside the face and forehead. Fortunately, this excessive hair growth fades away with a decrease of the strength of Rogaine. When using Extra Strength 5% Rogaine® alone, some prevention and slight re-growth can be expected with consistent daily usage. It has greatest effectiveness in those who are just beginning to lose their hair because of its slowing effect on the balding process.
Another non-surgical option is using a hairpiece, which covers baldness instantly, densely, and effectively. While costly, no hair restoration method will bring you instantaneous results. For women, a hair weave is an option to have thicker, fuller hair. Cosmetics can also be used to give “peach fuzz” a fuller look in the form of colored sprays, rub on dyes, powder-like colorants, or long lasting scalp tattoos.
Lately, more information is now available about red light lasers for treatment, which can be delivered as an in-office treatment or at home with a LaserCap®. While results are not rapid, this device can work for patients with thinning and baldness. Thickening is common after several months of use, three times per week for 20 minutes each session. The cost of the LaserCap®, which has over 200 LEDs of laser lights, can be expensive. Another potential option is an oral supplement called Viviscal® Professional, which contains a unique blend of nutrients to improve the health of the follicles, allowing for fuller and thicker hair growth.
Another increasingly common choice for hair loss is microneedling with natural growth factors. This treatment uses growth factors to stimulate your hair follicles into growing new hairs and restoring thicker, fuller hair. Our hair loss specialists can customize your microneedling treatments to make them ideal for your needs.
Our providers also offer a unique option called scalp micropigmentation. During this tattoo-like procedure, our micropigmentation specialist uses ink to re-create the look of active hair follicles on your scalp. This makes hair look thicker and camouflages hair loss.
Children’s hair loss treatments include cortisone injections, topical treatments such as Rogaine®, and UVA light therapy combined with a topical photosensitizing medicine.
What should I do if I’m noticing signs of hair loss?
Our hair loss specialists believe the key to successful prevention and treatment of hair loss is to first understand the type of hair loss you are experiencing and its cause. In general, as soon as you are suspicious that you have androgenic balding (male or female pattern baldness), you should begin preventative treatment. As there is no “one-size-fits-all” technique for every patient, a consultation is important so you can be educated on your available options. Our team will spend time discussing preventative medications and professional treatments to formulate a plan designed specifically for you to help achieve your goals.
Rogaine® isn’t working. What’s the next step?
The key to properly treating hair loss is having a hair loss specialist diagnose the cause of your hair loss. Many people purchase topical medications without proper consultation, expecting overnight success. Re-growth is a slow process that can take up to a year, in some cases, of consistent daily usage to see any results. Rogaine® has found its greatest effectiveness with those who are just beginning to lose their hair because it actually slows down the balding process. As Rogaine® helps to hold on to existing hair, it is most effective as a preventative hair loss treatment and not a solution for hair regrowth.
Once it is determined that Rogaine® is not enough to slow down your hair loss progression, our specialists will discuss other preventative options as well as the latest treatment techniques for hair restoration.