Hair is quite meaningful to our sense of self. This is true for both men and women. Hair loss, although often considered a “male” problem, may affect both genders and may lead to self-consciousness, frustration, and distress. Alta Vista Dermatology offers hair restoration treatments to the men and women of Denver and Highlands Ranch, CO.
About Hair Loss
There are several reasons for alopecia areata or hair loss, and, in fact, numerous different types of hair loss. The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness, which can affect both men and women and can develop due to a number of factors. Another common type of hair loss, called involutional alopecia, is associated with age and the entry of hair follicles into the resting phase of hair growth. Inactive follicles coupled with the natural thinning of hair leads to hair loss. Alopecia areata, a less common condition, involves the sudden loss of patches of hair. This primarily affects children and young adults, although 90 percent of those afflicted regain normal hair growth within a year or two. In rare cases, this can develop into alopecia totalis, which is the loss of all hair on the body.
What is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is one of the most recognized conditions related to hair loss. Women may also develop this condition. Male pattern baldness, which may begin as early as the teen years, is characterized by a recession that begins at the front hairline, with gradual loss expanding up and over the crown of the head. Female pattern baldness occurs differently. In addition to beginning later in life, usually after the age of forty, this condition generally involves thinning that affects the entire scalp. Women who experience pattern baldness may notice hair loss primarily at the crown of the head.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
There are several factors involved in the various types of alopecia areata, including fluctuating hormones which occurs during pregnancy or menopause, medical conditions and infections of the scalp, certain medications (such as those for cancer), and even sudden physical or emotional stress. In addition, tight hairstyles that pull on the hair can contribute to premature hair loss and thinning.
What is PRP Therapy for Hair Loss?
We are fortunate that advances in medicine have brought about the development of alopecia areata solutions such as topical and systemic medications. While these solutions may work for some patients, we typically recommend PRP therapy to patients looking for hair restoration. PRP therapy is a great option for women, as it does not require any shaving of the head, like more traditional hair restoration treatments. PRP therapy uses the restorative powers of your blood cells to stimulate the hair follicles and encourage growth. Because this treatment only requires the patient’s blood, there is no risk of rejection or unusual side effects. With PRP therapy, patients can enjoy restored hair growth over the months following their treatment.
What is Viviscal™ for Hair Loss?
Viviscal™ is a nutritional supplement that nourishes hair follicles to promote hair restoration. Unlike other hair restoration treatments, Viviscal™ starts working inside the body, eventually revealing hair restoration and new growth. First, Viviscal™ cultivates hair follicles, and it strengthens and encourages the growth of existing hair. Then, it stimulates the growth of hair that has slowed or stopped growing. These steps lead to hair that is healthy, strong and vivacious.
How Much Does Hair Restoration Cost?
To determine the exact cost of your hair restoration treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our office. During your consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that will satisfy your unique needs and produce the best results possible. At that point, we will be able to provide you with a clear breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment. To help make our services affordable for our patients, we are proud to offer financing through CareCredit®. We also accept cash, checks and major credit cards.
If you are considering a hair restoration treatment at Alta Vista Dermatology, contact us today to learn more or schedule a consultation. With advanced techniques like PRP therapy, our team of board-certified medical professionals have all the resources necessary to provide stunning hair restoration results. We welcome patients from Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.
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