Blog: Hair Loss Treatment
The Knudsen Clinics are experts specialising in the latest medical and surgical treatments for hair loss including Robotic FUE.
With 30 years in the ﬁeld, Dr Knudsen has seen hair loss treatments come and go, but his approach remains the same.
"My goal is to diminish future hairloss, and I have a doctor's responsibility to treat the problem as effectively as possible."
The answer is yes and no!
There is a lot of advertising in Melbourne claiming that they can help you regrow your own hair, but what does that mean? Can you grow your hair in a petrie dish? Can you regrow the hair that has fallen out on your head? Can you grow it on a donor head and transplant it to your head? Can you clone hair?
Some of these options may be available in the future but right now the only option to give you back the hair you have lost is to take it from one place on the back of the scalp and put it in the area that you're thinning in. A male or female hair transplant is essentially gardening, from one garden at the back of your head to one at the front of your head.
You cannot use hair from another person, your body would reject it. You cannot grow your own hair in a petrie dish and harvest it, they are hoping this will happen in the future but it hasn’t happened yet. Hair cloning is a hope for the future also but again a long way off.
Regrowing hair that you have lost is possible to a point, there are medications that will help you regain some of the hair that you have lost or thicken hair that is thinning but it usually just prevents you from losing more hair and works best on areas like the crown but hasn’t proven as effective on the forehead.
Hair transplantation is still the most cutting edge, safe and effective way to regain your hair.
Call us today to find out more about hair transplants in Melbourne and treat your hair loss today. Wondering about the cost of a hair transplant in Melbourne? The cost for a hair transplant at our Melbourne hair loss clinic is right here on our website.
A very hot topic recently is the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (“PRP”) in people with hair loss. It is argued to be a “stimulation” therapy for hair loss of any non-scarring cause. The multiple skin growth factors living inside platelets (the blood cells responsible for clotting) are utilised to stimulate hair follicles by “cracking open” the patient’s own platelets after the blood has been spun down in a centrifuge. These growth factors are then re-injected into the scalp in areas of thinning hair as hair loss treatments for men and female hair loss.
The idea has been around for a while and has been used successfully in facial skin (the “vampire facelift”) where collage and elastin fibres are stimulated to re-invigorate skin cells. The evidence for hair stimulation unfortunately has not been strong. We do know that PRP is helpful with wound healing but it is less clear which thinning hair patients might benefit. It is worth remembering that also inside the platelets are “hair inhibiting” factors as well as the hair stimulating factors. One problem with PRP is that the technique has no stringent set of rules and different techniques seem to produce different results. Recent research has looked at whether higher concentrations of growth factors produce a stronger stimulating effect on weakened hairs. Other research is also directed at whether intra-operative PRP assists in earlier regrowth of the grafted hairs.
Recently, evidence has suggested that combining PRP with an extracellular matrix product (ACell) that acts as a scaffold to assist the effect of the growth factors has provided better, more consistent results. Further research is continuing in this area.
Current evidence is inconclusive that PRP alone is as effective as other stimulatory products such as minoxidil or bitamaprost, or techniques such as low level laser therapy.