Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments
At Kalos Hair Transplant, we are proud to offer the latest breakthrough solutions in non-surgical hair loss treatments. Our non-surgical approaches can be used in a variety of ways, including in the prevention of hair loss, as an adjuvant in hair transplantation and for the medical treatment of hair loss.
We are a state-of-the-art hair restoration clinic in Atlanta that treats both men and women with a full menu of advanced hair restoration techniques that are tailored to meet individual patient needs. Dr. Benjamin Stong, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, is highly qualified to perform hair transplant surgery as well as recommend the best non-surgical treatments to ensure your head of hair stays full and healthy. Dr. Stong’s commitment to stay at the forefront of his field means that patients are offered the most advanced non-surgical hair loss therapies available, including those that integrate the evolving efficacy of regenerative medicine to naturally promote hair growth and/or maximize hair transplant results.
At Kalos Hair Transplant, we proudly use platelet rich plasma and stem cells in our hair restoration techniques, either as a standalone procedure or to enhance a hair transplant procedure. Platelet rich plasma, derived from a patient’s own blood, is enriched with powerful growth factors that accelerate wound healing and stimulate new hair follicles when injected directly into the scalp. PRP treatments can also be combined topically with microneedling to induce existing dormant hair follicles to enter into an active growth phase, which can further enhance hair restoration results.
Stem cells are the most advanced non-surgical treatment for hair loss. Stem cells are used in tissue and hair regeneration. These types of cells are known for inducing advantageous changes, behavior or differentiation of adjacent cells. Therefore, when stem cells are injected into the scalp, they can stimulate hair cells to become more active and facilitate hair growth in balding areas. Dr. Stong is an elite hair restoration physician who can use stem cells harvested from a patient’s fat or adipose tissue, or from bone marrow, which theoretically has more bioavailable or active stem cells when compared to fat. He has developed an advanced procedure involving bone marrow stem cells to offer the most potent procedure to date for non-surgical medical hair loss management. It can also be combined with a transplant procedure for optimal results.
Capitalizing on the safety and effectiveness of your body’s natural regenerative process, we proudly offer the following advanced non-surgical hair loss treatments at our Atlanta hair clinic:
Non-Surgical Options using Medications, Laser Therapy or Vitamins
Non-surgical hair loss treatment includes a wide spectrum of choices. In fact, many patients can benefit from simple nutritional supplements, medications and/or low-level laser therapy to maintain and enhance their hair transplant results or as part of the maintenance of their hair loss.
Medications can provide excellent benefits for patients who are in the early stages of balding or thinning hair. There are two effective and FDA approved medications for common male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia): Propecia (oral medication) and Rogaine (topical medication). Whether you suffer from the beginning stages of baldness or you want to compliment your hair restoration surgery, Dr. Stong can help you find the best medication for your specific situation.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can also be an excellent option for those who have thinning hair or want to retain their hair transplant results. This involves the use of laser light to stimulate hair growth. The laser targets hair follicles on the scalp to facilitate the production of thicker hair shafts and an overall fuller appearance. LLLT has been cleared by the FDA to effectively treat hair loss in both men and women. Its results have proven more beneficial than medications over the short term. Many low-level laser therapies involve portable devices for patients to use at home.
At Kalos Hair Transplant, we also recognize the importance of nutrition and diet when it comes to your hair growth. For patients who prefer holistic options to prevent or treat hair loss, Dr. Stong can suggest specific vitamins and nutritional supplements, which may include Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin A, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Selenium, Silica, and Zinc.
Regardless of the severity or stage of your hair loss, you can trust that our Atlanta hair loss clinic provides natural results that can last a lifetime. For more information about our surgical or non-surgical hair restoration methods, please contact our office today. Dr. Stong is committed to using the latest techniques in the industry so that patients receive the best possible outcome in the safe and comfortable manner they deserve.
Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments FAQ
- When is a non-surgical hair loss treatment chosen or indicated?
Patients may choose non-surgical hair restoration methods for a variety of reasons. For some, they may have beginning signs of baldness and want to use a non-surgical approach to prevent or delay future hair loss. Others may want to avoid the time and expense of hair transplant surgery. There are many patients, however, that choose our revolutionary non-surgical treatments, such as PRP and stem cell therapy, to accelerate healing after a hair transplant surgery as well as enhance or maximize their hair transplant results.
- What role do growth factors and platelets play in hair loss treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma is enriched with powerful growth factors, platelets and bioactive proteins that support wound healing, tissue repair and hair growth. PRP is used in the prevention and treatment of female and male hair loss. It is also used as an adjuvant to hair transplant surgery. The platelets and growth factors in PRP stimulate dormant hair follicles and reverse the hair miniaturization (thinning) process that occurs in male and female pattern baldness. When used with hair transplant surgery, it can accelerate healing and enhance hair growth results.
- What role do stem cells play in hair loss management?
All hair follicles contain stem cells. However, once the cells get old or damaged, they are incapable of regenerating the hair growth process. By injecting a patient’s own activated stem cells, derived from fat or bone marrow, a molecular signaling occurs that triggers the hair follicles to grow once again. Stem cell therapy for hair loss is safe, completely natural and produces permanent results. Stem cell therapy for hair loss can be performed with micro-droplet fat injections or through Dr. Stong’s advanced procedure technique using bone marrow. Again, non-surgical stem cell treatments for hair loss can be used as a sole treatment for hair loss or to support a previous hair transplant surgery.
- How are stem cells harvested?
As it pertains to the use in hair restoration, stem cells are most commonly harvested from abdominal fat through a mini-liposuction procedure. These adult derived stem cells are housed within the connective tissue of the fat graft. They are released and become active from the portions of the fat graft that don’t survive. Fat is considered a stem cell rich tissue and is very effective for inducing hair growth. Although not widely used, Dr. Stong has also developed a highly sophisticated procedure that utilizes bone marrow stem cells for a very advanced and effective non-surgical hair loss treatment.
- What treatments are considered stem cell rich vs. stem cell poor?
The concentration, bioavailability and quality of the harvested stem cells are determining factors in whether or not it is a stem cell rich or stem cell poor procedure. For example, platelet-rich plasma does contain stem cells, but the concentration and quality of these stem cells do not compare to those that are harvested from fat or bone marrow. Therefore, PRP injections are primarily used for their growth factors and platelets, but it is considered a stem cell poor therapy.
Adult stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells, MSC’s, can be obtained from either bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue. The fat and bone marrow stem cells are at this point considered equally effective for tissue regeneration, etc. Although it is true that fat has many more times the number of stem cells compared to bone marrow, they are only active and released from portions of the fat graft that don’t survive. With modern preparation techniques for fat, the vast majority of fat grafts do survive. Therefore, the MSC’s in that portion of the fat graft are not released, which limits their effectiveness as stem cells to the area the fat is injected. With bone marrow, all the stem cells harvested are active and directly injected into the intended targeted tissue to produce their desired effect. This means that bone marrow has a much higher bioavailability (100%) of its overall numbers of stem cells when compared to fat (less than 10%). Additionally, fat injections to the scalp may also provide a platform for an improved overall blood supply to the hair follicles, inducing hair follicles and hair stem cells to grow while reversing hair loss.
Adult stem cells are thought of as young cells that are unspecialized, meaning they are capable of forming into various tissues. In hair there are stem cells in the hair follicles that are targeted with all these treatments to induce them to differentiate into hair cells and grow hair. These hair stem cells are induced by PRP with platelets and growth factors. Stem cells additionally release very powerful mediators that stimulate these hair stem cells to begin hair growth. The goal of all of these procedures is to get more hair follicles and their stem cells to enter into a growth phase.
- What role does microneedling play in hair loss treatments?
Microneedling is a procedure that involves tiny-tip needles that briefly puncture the surface of the skin or scalp. This initiates a wound healing process within the body. Studies suggest that this wound healing also triggers a production of proteins that are responsible for the development of new hair follicles. When platelet-rich plasma is added to microneedling, this process can be enhanced, producing more dramatic results for patients with male pattern baldness and alopecia. It is important to note that microneedling with PRP can involve a direct injection or topical application of the platelet rich plasma. This procedure can be used as a standalone procedure or in combination with hair transplant surgery.
- When is laser therapy indicated for hair loss treatment?
Low Level Laser Light Therapy is ideal for patients who have thinning hair or want to retain their hair transplant results. This type of laser targets hair follicles on the scalp to facilitate the production of thicker hair shafts, giving patients an overall fuller head of hair. Rest assured that LLLT in non-invasive and cleared by the FDA to treat both male and female hair loss. Patients who have not had success with medications often choose laser therapy for better short-term results. Repeated treatments are necessary to maintain results and it is not as effective or permanent as PRP or stem cell treatments.
- How can nutrition affect hair loss?
Your diet and nutrition play a large role in all of your body systems; including hair growth. There are specific nutrients that your body needs to support healthy hair growth. While taking nutritional supplements may reduce or delay certain types of hair loss, they should not be considered a solution for reversing significant baldness. In such cases, hair transplant surgery is the most long-term solution and other non-surgical approaches are certainly more effective than simply taking vitamins or nutrients.
- What medications are used in hair loss treatment?
Medications for hair loss do not work for everyone. However, they can work to stop the progression of male pattern baldness and stimulate new hair growth in some patients. Younger patients with beginning stages of hair loss or hair thinning make better candidates for this type of non-surgical approach. Medications can be applied topically or taken orally. Two of the most common medications prescribed are Rogaine with Minoxidil and Propecia. Again, to increase your chances of effective treatment with medication, early intervention is best, or when the onset of balding symptoms first begin. To ensure you are not wasting your time or money on advertised hair restoration medications, consult with an experienced physician before initiating treatment. Hair loss medications do not come without potential risks and side effects.