One of my research interests. There are actually many different types of hair loss patterns. Each with their own individual treatment and management. We use specialised tests and equipment to diagnose these. Most hair loss is reversible, however some types such as cicatricial alopecia are irreversible. I always tell my medical students, if they are unsure of the type of hair loss a patient has, they should refer them urgently to a dermatologist for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Cicatricial alopecia is indeed a dermatological emergency.
Comprehensive hair treatment is provided at all our dermatology clinic locations in Somerset West, Sea Point and Century City Cape Town. Dr Parker provides specialist dermatologist treatment for the restoration of hair using various techniques. A thorough check and diagnosis will first be made by a specialist dermatologist as to not miss a rare cause of hair loss. The use of a dermatoscope and trichoscopy will always be used when assessing this.
Some techniques used at our specialist dermatology and hair clinic include platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP hair treatment, or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, is an innovative hair restoration procedure used to stimulate new hair growth around thinning areas. PRP’s regenerative technique has been used for years to aid in the healing process for those who have suffered an injury or
undergone surgery. Now, technological advancements have led to the use of PRP for hair loss restoration. Both men and women suffer from hair loss, and over 50% of the population will experience thinning hair as they age. For those looking to add thickness to their scalp, PRP hair loss treatment is a promising, non-surgical solution that can assist with this. PRP is available at our specialist dermatology practice in Somerset West only.
During PRP hair restoration, blood is drawn from the arm and then carefully spun using a specialised centrifuge; this process separates the platelet rich plasma found in your blood sample from the accompanying red and white blood cells. Once isolated, the PRP is then prepared for reinjection into the scalp. At the dermatologist practice in Somerset West, we will then use a small needle to inject
the platelet rich plasma into areas of thinning hair.
Other options include certain hair stimulating foams and gels, as well as certain medications which are used under specialist dermatologist supervision for hair loss.
Dr Parker and our friendly staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss hair loss treatments at our specialist dermatology practice in Somerset West.