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What is androgenetic alopecia and what are the symptoms?
Androgenetic alopecia is a medical term for male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss that affects all men to varying degrees as they get older. Signs of androgenetic alopecia can start from the late teens, but half of all men have experienced hair loss by the time they reach 50 years of age.
According to Healthy Male (Andrology Australia) most Australian men will become aware of hair loss as they grow older. Significant balding affects about one in five men (20%) in their 20s, about one in three men (30%) in their 30s and nearly half of men (40%) in their 40s.
Typically, the first sign of androgenetic alopecia is a receding hairline, followed by the hair on the crown and temples thinning. These two areas meet in the middle, leaving a horseshoe shape of hair around the back and sides of the head. Sometimes, this culminates in baldness. While these symptoms aren’t life threatening, they can cause emotional distress, so they are worth getting treated.
How is androgenetic alopecia treated in men?
There are many treatments available for androgenetic alopecia. But, at Elucell, we offer an effective and non-invasive procedure known as PRP treatment. In order to ensure the treatment’s effectiveness, our team conduct comprehensive consultations before any treatments are administered.
In this procedure, a sample of blood is taken from the patient (between 15-30 mls). Following this, platelet-rich plasma is extracted from the blood with a centrifuge, and is then prepared for injection into the scalp. Prior to any plasma being injected into areas of the scalp which suffer from hair loss, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to numb those areas to reduce any discomfort.
Following the treatment, the coming weeks between consultations will be spent monitoring your hair growth. We will suggest a comprehensive treatment plan that may include topical Minoxidil, mesotherapy, PRP, and PRF.
Is androgenetic alopecia reversible in males?
Androgenetic alopecia is not a reversible condition. However, with the right form of treatment, you can prevent further hair loss, regrow hairs in affected areas, and even strengthen the regrowing hair so it’s less susceptible to breakage.
That’s why we suggest that you organise a free consultation with our qualified medical professionals at the first signs of hair loss. The earlier you visit us, the sooner we can determine whether or not our PRP androgenetic alopecia treatment is the right treatment for you.
What triggers androgenic alopecia?
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing the hair to become brittle and fall out. This ultimately leads to hair thinning and bald spots.
There are many factors that exacerbate alopecia, from genetic factors such as hereditary conditions or hormone imbalances to stress to pre-existing medical conditions to current medications to diet.
Elucell Case Study: Tom Bellchambers
Tom Bellchambers was the ruckman for the Essendon football team. After a career of 136 games, Tom retired from the AFL, at which point he decided it was time to address the hair thinning that he noticed a year before.
“Now that I’ve finished football, it’s time to do something about it.” The pressure to have a full head of hair is magnified on the football field. “You’re on TV once a week and there could be up to a million people watching…It probably gets laughed off as a joke, but whether you like it or not, you’re in the limelight and it can become a little bit embarrassing”, was what Bellchambers had to say on the matter. Additionally, Bellchambers had gotten engaged to actress Olympia Valance, and wanted to “look good for his wife-to-be”.
To that end, Bellchambers consulted Elucell regarding their androgenetic alopecia treatment. In December 2020, he received his first PRP injection, noting that “my first experience at Elucell was smooth sailing, and the treatment was really straightforward”.
Since then, Bellchambers has become a brand ambassador for Elucell, having been one of the many people satisfied with his androgenetic alopecia treatment.
What are the side effects of androgenetic alopecia male treatment?
Side effects are rarely an issue. In order to determine if a given treatment is right for our patients, we consult them first.
The only side effects of PRP-derived from patients tend to be limited to mild allergic reactions and temporary tenderness around injection sites, which tend to last for a day or so.
Can I wash my hair after androgenetic alopecia male treatment?
Short recovery times are another advantage of the Elucell hair loss treatment. In a few hours, it is safe to wash and shampoo the treatment area without cause for concern.
Following treatment, however, you should avoid using harsh chemicals on your scalp for 72 hours, including dyeing, perming, head lice treatment, and bleaching.
What are the key benefits of androgenetic alopecia male treatment for hair loss?
Along with improved hair growth and a healthy scalp, Elucell’s treatment for androgenetic alopecia male has many other advantages, including ease of access and convenience. This procedure is quick and painless, and it promotes hair growth.