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Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss that often affects the scalp and/or the beard, although eyebrows and eyelashes can also be involved. There may be a strong family history and there is a strong association with other conditions including psoriasis, vitiligo and thyroid disease. Low vitamin D levels have also been linked to alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition. This is a condition consisting of the body attacking itself. It results in isolated patches of hair loss mainly affecting the scalp and beard with skin appearing very shiny. There is preservation of the hair roots. In the absence of scarring there is the potential for hair to grow back. Regrowth of hair is white initially and the presence of regrowth hair is often a good sign of potential recovery. Generally the younger the patients are at the start of the condition the poorer the outcome. More widespread alopecia areata is less likely to regrow. Overall the extent of recovery for alopecia areata is very difficult to predict.
A combination of microneedling and platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been gaining popularity in the treatment of hair loss. Microneedling is considered a collagen induction treatment that can result in follicular stimulation and hair regrowth. PRP stimulates fibroblasts that can initiate hair regrowth. Reported effects in alopecia areata are encouraging for patients seeking alternative treatments when a conventional approach has failed.
Many clinics offer PRP in the UK and abroad. However, it is very important to understand that not all PRP is the same. In order for PRP to work, especially in stubborn cases of Alopecia Areata, the platelet concentration in PRP needs to be between 1000 and 1500. This amounts to around 4 to 5 times normal platelet concentrations. In most clinics using test tube PRP kits the maximum concentration does not even reach 3 times. At Rejuvence Clinic we use the Magellan TruPRP system. This is considered to be the Rolls Royce of PRP systems and you can be assured you will be getting high quality PRP for any treatment you have with us.
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At Rejuvence we have a tremendous passion for the potential of platelet rich plasma. We specialise in its use and are particularly avid supporters of its use in hair loss and in alopecia areata. We have treated many suffering with Alopecia Areata. For an honest assessment and treatment options that really work please contact us to book a consultation.
There are many different treatment options available for alopecia areata but no treatment is guaranteed to cure the condition. Unfortunately it can come back. Amongst treatments that have some proven effect, topical steroids and injection of steroid into patches of hairless skin have been shown to yield positive results. Suggested treatment courses should last 6 to 8 weeks. At Rejuvence Clinic we have treated a number of individuals with steroid injections in hairless patches with good success. For further details please contact us for a consultation.
Minoxidil 5% is contained in many over the counter topical shampoo preparations, such as Regain, that encourage hair growth. About 40% of males tend to respond and even this is after at least 9 to 12 months of use. Reducing or stopping use of these products can result in regrowth hairs falling out. Caffeine containing shampoos claim to have hair growing potential. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, in 2014, demonstrated growth promoting effects of caffeine on human hair in both males and females. There was a suggestion that caffeine maybe more effective in male and female pattern hair loss rather than alopecia areata.
There are thousands of over the counter supplements that are available for hair loss. They all claim to improve hair loss, whether it be Alopecia Areata or pattern hair loss. There are no published studies highlighting any particular type of supplement. However, there is no doubt that the correct choice of supplements can help. It is important to realise that the causes of Alopecia Areata are multiple and they may be working together to make the condition worse. As mentioned above, low Vitamin D levels, an underactive thyroid and low iron levels can all contribute to hair loss.
At Rejuvence Clinic we offer Hair Facts. This is a unique hair supplement that is only available at Rejuvence. It is different to other supplements in that it is a cyclical vitamin therapy that pairs supplements together on different days to ensure that all vitamins and supplements are absorbed efficiently as opposed to other supplements that just bundle lots of ingredients together. The results of Hair Facts are there to be seen and it has proven to be extremely popular. For further details please look at our page on Hair Facts. To book a consultation please contact our clinic.