Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common concern for men and women, and there are over a hundred different types of hair loss.  Hair loss treatments depend upon the underlying cause, one of the most common being androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern balding and female pattern hair loss. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that, although not as prevalent, is regularly seen by our physicians.

Male pattern balding includes hair loss in the temples and crown, which may progress to involve the frontal, mid and top of the scalp. Between 30% to 50% of men may experience androgenetic alopecia between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

Female pattern hair loss begins with widening of the central part on the top of the head.  The thinning gradually becomes diffuse, usually more over the top and sides of the head. Hair thinning may be extensive, but complete balding is rare. Up to 50% of women experience androgenetic alopecia starting in young adulthood up to 40 years of age

Alopecia areata begins during adolescence and early adulthood and may present as a number of circular patches of hair loss on the scalp, and progress to complete hair loss.  About 2% of the population is affected.

Book a consultation with one of our physicians to assess your hair loss. A  safe, clinically proven medical step-wise personal treatment plan will be developed to help you meet your goals and regain your confidence.  In general, most hair loss treatments require maintenance to sustain results. Our physicians will provide information about duration and long term expectations with all options.   Your plan may include:

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine), Finasteride (Propecia), Spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • Diphencyprone (DPCP), Steroid (Kenalog Injections), Oral Prednisone
  • Hair Transplant Surgery

We offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments and medications; we will refer for hair transplant surgery.

Plasma Rich Protein (PRP) is taken from a patient’s blood sample, then injected into the scalp in the affected areas. PRP contains platelets that release growth factors to start cellular regeneration of the hair follicles, increase blood supply and enhance follicle cell proliferation.  Natural hair growth is stimulated to produce stronger, healthier, hair follicles. Three treatments done 3 weeks apart is a common starting point, and progress is monitored at 3 and 6 months after.

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is applied topically once or twice a day to the affected area and is believed to affect potassium channels and blood flow in hair follicles.

Finasteride (Propecia) is an oral medication for men, which blocks the production of a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT.

Spironolactone (Aldactone) is an oral medication for women, which blocks the effects of hormones called androgens.

Dyphencyprone (DPCP) is applied topically to the scalp for alopecia areata, and causes an irritation/allergic response on the scalp to allow the immune system to respond to the medication instead of the hair follicles.

Steroid (Kenalog) injections are injected into the treatment areas to reduce inflammation for alopecia areata.

Prednisone is an oral medication that supresses the immune system response with alopecia areata.

Prescribed medications may be applied topically or taken orally to treat hair loss, on their own, or along with PRP treatments in some cases.

For further information visit the Canadian Hair Loss Foundation at www.canadianhairlossfoundation.org

Book a hair loss consultation with one of our physicians today. Call us at 403.237.8428