Hair Thinning or Alopecia

Young man showing the hair loss

Hair Thinning

Are you losing hair?  Is your hair brush filled with clumps of hair after brushing your hair?  We have consultations and treatments available at Miami Beach Comprehensive Wellness Center for hair loss.

 

Root Cause

Our first approach to any health problem is to look at the medical etiology of what is causing your hair loss.  Rather than just treating a problem, we like to get down to the root of what is behind any medical condition.  When we can get down to the deeper cause, often the pathophysiology course gets corrected.  We prefer to address the fundamental issue, rather than perpetually treating the manifestation of the problem.

 

What are the common causes of hair loss?

Hair loss can be associated with a variety of medical issues, including but not limited to: autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalances, such as thyroid disorders[1], elevated

dihydrotestosterone levels[2],  nutritional deficiencies[3], post-COVID-19[4], toxin exposures [5] medications[6], and other causes.  Essentially, we see hair loss as a symptom, not a diagnosis.

At Miami Beach Comprehensive Wellness Center, we can run a variety of lab assessments to look at what factors are contributing to hair loss.  We can observe nutrient levels, hormones imbalances, antibodies, toxin levels.

 

How can we treat hair loss?

After assessing the cause of hair loss, we offer a variety of treatments, including topical peptide therapies, detoxification of toxins that are contributing to hair thinning, supplements for nutritional deficiencies, natural correction of hormone imbalances, acupuncture and hair PRP.

Acupuncture has been shown in scientific studies to decrease inflammation, help with immune modulation, and help with hormonal imbalances, therefore it can help with hair loss [7].  Acupuncture is effective for hair thinning and has minimal side effects.

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is another technique which has been scientifically documented to help with hair restoration.[8]  In PRP, we draw a small amount of blood from the client’s arm into a laboratory blood tube.  Then we centrifuge the blood and the heavier red blood cells fall to the bottom of the tube, and what is left at the top is PRP (platelet rich plasma).  Platelet rich plasma contains a number of bioactive compounds that promote healing[9].  After the blood, draw, we numb the scalp with medication.  Then, the patient’s own PRP is injected back into the area that needs healing, for example the thin area of the scalp.  Studies show that within 3 months, hair density increases in areas where the PRP is injected[10].

Please contact our office if you are concerned about hair thinning and if you want a consultation for the evaluation of your individualized case.

References

[1] Constanza Contreras-Jurado,a Corina Lorz,b Laura García-Serrano,a Jesus M. Paramio,b,1 and  Ana Arandaa,1   “Thyroid hormone signaling controls hair follicle stem cell function” doi: 10.1091/mbc.E14-07-1251 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4454174/
[2] Emin Tuncay Ustuner, MD “Cause of Androgenic Alopecia: Crux of the Matter” doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000005 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4174066/
[3] Hind M. Almohanna,1 Azhar A. Ahmed,2 John P. Tsatalis,3 and  Antonella Tosti3
“The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review” doi: 10.1007/s13555-018-0278-6  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380979/
[4] Khalifa E Sharquie 1Raed I Jabbar 2 “COVID-19 infection is a major cause of acute telogen effluvium”  DOI: 10.1007/s11845-021-02754-5  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34467470/
[5] Vicky Yu,a Margit Juhász,b Audris Chiang,b and  Natasha Atanaskova Mesinkovskab,*  “Alopecia and Associated Toxic Agents: A Systematic Review” doi: 10.1159/000485749www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6219226/
[6] Mansi Patel 1Shannon HarrisonRodney Sinclair “Drugs and hair loss” DOI: 10.1016/j.det.2012.08.002 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23159177/
[7] Andraia R. Li, 1 , * Laura Andrews, Alexis Hilts, and  Manuel Valdebran 1 , 3
“ Efficacy of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Alopecia: A Narrative Review” doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.868079  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9219404/
[8] Pietro Gentile,a,b Simone Garcovich,c Alessandra Bielli,d Maria Giovanna Scioli,d Augusto Orlandi,d and Valerio Cervellia “The Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Hair Regrowth: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial”
doi: 10.5966/sctm.2015-0107 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4622412/
[9] Voja Pavlovic,1 Milan Ciric,2 Vladimir Jovanovic,3 and  Predrag Stojanovic4 “Platelet Rich Plasma: a short overview of certain bioactive components” doi: 10.1515/med-2016-0048  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5329835/
[10] Santo Raffaele Mercuri,1 Giovanni Paolino,1 Matteo Riccardo Di Nicola,1,* and  Laura Vollono2“Investigating the Safety and Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Female Androgenetic Alopecia: Review of the Literature” doi: 10.3390/medicina57040311 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8066895/