Hair Loss and Hair Restoration Therapy
The best Hair Loss Therapy in Kitchener Waterloo. By Dr. Rayhaan Dawood MD CCFP. Only at The Premier Cosmetic Clinic & Medical Spa of the Kitchener Waterloo Region.
Nonsurgical Hair Loss Therapy and Hair Restoration.
Suffering from hair loss? Looking to restore that head of hair? Brittle hairs and patches of loss? General scalp thinning? No matter what your hair concern is, we may be able to help. Dr. Rayhaan Dawood has pursued extensive training in the field of nonsurgical hair loss therapy, and hair restoration and is a knowledgeable practicing physician in treatments ranging from topical compounded serums to injection-based therapies.
If you’ve already tried over the counter creams and lotions already. or are failing treatment through your primary care physician, and have had medical conditions ruled out, then nonsurgical hair loss restoration treatments and procedures may be for you. Even individuals thinking of ultimately pursuing a hair transplant then PRP (platelet-rich plasma) Hair Loss Therapy and serum-based treatments may be a good alternative for you. No knives, no scalpels.
Nonsurgical Hair Loss Treatment. What is it?:
There are several forms of conventional hair loss treatment available to us. And there is no “best” treatment overall, as the best treatment for one patient may not be the best for another.
While hair loss is an expected part of aging, there can be real medical diseases and conditions causing it. And to tell the difference you need a skilled physician to both diagnose and treat. All patients deserve a one on one consultation with a skilled expert Medical Doctor to firstly diagnose the exact type and form of hair loss they have and to start the correct form of treatment. This is the fundamental difference between Physician run clinics, and run of the mill “medical spas”; medical training, background expertise, and the ability to rule in/rule out co-existing medical disease.
Conventional Hair Loss treatments are grouped into nonsurgical treatments and surgical hair transplantation. At Kitchener Waterloo Cosmetic Clinic we focus on nonsurgical treatments. No Knives. No Scalpels.
Hair Loss Consultation Process:
At your initial Hair Loss Consultation, Dr. Rayhaan Dawood will take a full medical history and hair examination. We make our consultations as educational as possible. So even if treatments are not right for you, you will still leave with a greater appreciation and stronger knowledge base around hair loss.
After consultation with Dr. Rayhaan Dawood and verification that you do not have an underlying medical condition causing your hair loss, you will be presented with several treatment options. Options can include continuing with lifestyle modifications, and nutritional approaches, utilizing compounded hair serums from one of our trusted medical partners or beginning Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Loss Treatments.
Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss:
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Hair Loss Therapy is a form of nonsurgical hair loss treatment, which can kick start the growth cycle of hair and restore your confidence and youthfulness. Please note, our hair loss services are NOT OHIP covered. Consults, serums, and treatments are private pay only.
PRP treatments utilize natural growth factors in your own blood to stimulate healing, follicular growth, and regeneration in the targeted tissue/area. A small amount of blood is taken from your body, platelets are isolated, and then re-injected back into the body. These injections can harness the naturally occurring growth factors in the platelets. Growth factors stimulate hair follicles to reactivate hair, not in a growing phase, and to improve the general quality of existing hair. Hair regeneration treatment helps hair that is already thinning to help it become both thicker, and stronger.
PRP treatments have been shown to increase overall hair counts and thickness, and increase the number of hairs in their active growth phase. PRP treatments, in general, are more effective for women, but even men can hope for results. Some patients report a stop in hair loss 2 months post-treatment. With repeat treatments, the hair can become healthier, fuller, and more youthful. If PRP works for your hair should show improvement and regrowth within 9-12 months and after several treatments. Results may remain effective for 2-5 years and beyond with repeat treatments on a yearly basis and with combination with other treatments and approaches.
How many Treatments do you do?:
At Kitchener Waterloo Cosmetic Clinic we use only medical grade “dual spin” platelet harvesting systems. You will often find these systems in high-end labs, hospitals and orthopedic/sports medicine centers. This concentrates the platelets to a higher degree and reduces the total number of treatments required. Many other clinics will advertise PRP treatments (both hair and non hair) as a “package of treatments”. These clinics are likely using inferior technology will low platelet counts and concentrations, delivered at a cheap cost per treatment, but multiple treatment packages required. Resulting in multiple treatments and more patient discomfort. Higher quality, medical-grade devices deliver a greater concentration and amount of platelets, but also require less treatments, higher patient satisfaction, and less discomfort. While we can not guarantee treatment outcomes, we can ensure that we are using the best technology and treatments available for our patients.
The total number of treatments varies per patient, however we typically recommend 1 treatment followed by visits to the clinic every 3 months to monitor results. A 2nd treatment may be recommended 6-12 months after the first.
Serums for Hair Loss:
There are many hair loss creams, lotions, and serums available. And navigating which to use can be confusing for patients. During your consultation, Dr. Rayhaan Dawood will review the most commonly used hair creams and serums and which may benefit you in addition to PRP treatments. Often we find patients get the best results when on a regimen of specially compounded serums rather than over the counter products. This is typically due to unhealthy preservatives and stabilizers added to conventional over the counter products.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Loss Therapy?:
Good candidates for PRP hair loss restoration are those with a family history of hair loss, have easily breakable hair, rely on hair extensions, and have traction alopecia from tying the hair too tight.
However, because everyone’s hair is different we recommend booking a hair loss consultation with Dr. Rayhaan Dawood. Hair loss consults include a comprehensive hair check with blood work. If you are a candidate for PRP therapy a follow-up treatment appointment will be arranged. We do not perform treatments for pregnant or breastfeeding patients. And patient’s who are completely bald are likely not candidates for treatment, as some hair follicle is required for PRP and serums to work.
What Causes Hair Loss?:
Hair grows in cycles. Anagen (growth), Catagen (transitional), Resting (telogen), and Shedding (Exogen). Not all your hair is active all the time! In fact, up to 25% of your hair is in a transitioning or resting state. The bulk of your hair should be in an active state (Anagen). Different medical diseases, life stressors, lifestyle factors, and aging can push more hair out of its active (Anagen) phase. Healthy hair will be in the growth phase for up to 3-6 years., before shifting into a short phase of rest. If your hair is unhealthy, more of it will move into an inactive state. As more hair is in an inactive state, more shedding and hair loss occurs. In disease states, stressful times, or even as we age more hair shifts to an inactive state, and eventually into a permanent state of hair loss.
However, most hair loss is considered to be normal and expected due to age. Genetic makeup does determine each individual’s pattern and the age of onset. A normal amount of hair loss occurs daily. We lose 50-150 hairs each day as our hairs slowly shift from a growth phase to an inactive phase, and back to growth.
Patterned Hair Loss:
Patterned based hair loss can also be normal, and an expected part of aging. It can occur in the form of classic Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Baldness. Androgenic alopecia is the cause of almost 95% of pattern hair loss and is a common cause in both men, and women.
Patterned hair loss occurs in predictable stages, and is progressive. The earlier in life that it starts, the more advanced the loss will become.
Men have a specific sensitivity to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). The hairs, particularly on the top of the scalp, are sensitive to this hormone, whereas those on the sides and back are less sensitive.
Delayed Hair Loss due to Stress:
Telogen Effluvium is a form of slowed hair growth due to sudden stress. This is followed by a mass shedding of hair at one time or over a few days to weeks. The stress event will push a large proportion of the hair follicles into a resting stage, which will eventually recover given time and several months. With continued stress, however, the problem will not resolve. This condition is very common after pregnancy, or after a stressful life event. If telogen effluvium is suspected the typical treatment course is hair serum, nutrition, treating underlying stress, and watchful waiting for 6-12 months.
Hair Loss due to Alopecia Areata:
Alopecia areata is an immune system disorder that causes the hair follicles to stop producing hair. Sudden hair loss in small patches is the most common feature. Advanced forms include alopecia totalis (where all hair is lost) and alopecia universalis (which is entire body abscence of hair). If Alopecia Areata is a suspected cause of your hair loss we can offer treatments with Kenalog (cortisone) injections which may help to restore the loss hair.
Hair Loss due to Traction Alopecia (Hair Pulling):
Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss due to constant pulling and traction on the hair fibre. This is common in patients that typically wear tightly braided hairstyles and hair weaves. Treatment includes eliminating the hair traction cause and treating the hair with nutrition, lifestyle change, PRP, and serums.
Why Hair Loss at Kitchener Waterloo Cosmetic Clinic:
Regardless of the type of hair loss you have, we can help. A consultation with Dr. Dawood includes a full medical review to establish the cause of your hair loss. If need be you will be referred back to your regular doctor for treatment of any underlying medical conditions, and if you are a candidate for nonsurgical hair treatments like PRP, we will book you for a treatment appointment. We take your care seriously and treat based on the latest medical guidelines.
Please note our hair loss services are NOT OHIP covered.
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