Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. Hair loss can be attributed to both genetics and hormones. It affects about 16% of men aged 18-29, 53% of men older than 40, and 80% of men older than 80. It is characterized by gradual hair loss, hair thinning and reduced rate of growth.
Here are two treatment options for androgenic alopecia offered at Aspire Skin Care locations:
Oral Finasteride (Propecia): This medication prescription prevents the conversion of testosterone the androgen, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). By reducing levels of DHT, there is less hair loss. After three to six months of treatment, there will be new hair growth and increased thickness of the hair.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP): This is a treatment where a vial of your blood is taken and then spun at a high speed (in a centrifuge) to separate your blood into two layers: plasma and red blood cells. The plasma has a high concentration of platelets which contain growth factors. These growth factors are injected into the scalp to induce new hair growth. This treatment is repeated about once a month for three months, with follow up appointments every three to six months.
Dr. Charles currently offers PRP treatments at Salt Water Sport and Spa in Cochrane, Alberta.
Want to know what treatment option is best for you? Visit Dr. Charles for a complimentary consultation.
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