Hair loss can be a distressing experience, leading many individuals to wonder if lost hair can ever grow back. While the regrowth process varies depending on the underlying cause of hair loss, it is possible for hair to grow back under certain circumstances. In this article, we will explore the factors that influence hair regrowth, different types of hair loss, and potential treatments to stimulate regrowth.
Hair Loss: Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle
Before delving into the regrowth process, it's important to understand the normal hair growth cycle. Hair follicles undergo a continuous cycle consisting of three phases:
Anagen (Growth Phase): The active phase where hair grows from the follicle. This phase typically lasts between two to six years, and the length of the anagen phase determines the maximum potential length of the hair.
Catagen (Transition Phase): A short transitional phase that lasts around two weeks. During this phase, the hair follicle detaches from the blood supply and prepares for the next phase.
Telogen (Resting Phase): The final phase lasting about two to three months. The hair follicle remains dormant before eventually shedding the hair strand and re-entering the anagen phase.
Types of Hair Loss and Regrowth Potential
1. Androgenetic Alopecia (Male/Female Pattern Baldness)
The most common form of hair loss, characterised by progressive thinning of hair in a predictable pattern. Male pattern baldness usually starts with a receding hairline, while female pattern baldness starts through thinning of the hair parting. In this case, hair loss usually occurs due to genetic factors and hormonal imbalances. Hair regrowth is possible with androgenic alopecia but may be slower and less dense than the original hair.
2. Alopecia Areata
An autoimmune condition that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. In some cases, hair regrowth can occur spontaneously, while in others, it may require medical intervention.
3. Telogen Effluvium
Hair loss resulting from a disturbance in the hair growth cycle, often triggered by physical or emotional stress, hormonal changes, or nutritional deficiencies. In most cases, regrowth can occur once the underlying cause is addressed.
4. Scarring Alopecia
Hair loss caused by inflammation or damage to the hair follicles, leading to permanent scarring. In these cases, regrowth may often not be possible without medical or surgical intervention.
Promoting Hair Regrowth
FDA-approved medications such as minoxidil and finasteride can be effective in stimulating hair regrowth. Minoxidil is a topical solution that can be applied directly to the scalp, while finasteride is an oral medication that helps block the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone implicated in hair loss. However, it should be noted that months of consistent use is required to see significant improvements in hair density and regrowth.
The treatment uses stem cells are ethically harvested from the New Zealand red deer placenta. The stem cells are predicated on state-of-the-art technology obtained from mesenchymal (cells that develop into connective tissue, blood vessels, and lymphatic tissue) stem cells that is often used in a myriad of skincare and post-surgery products. Containing both growth factors and key proteins, this serum supports the nourishment and conditioning of hair follicles. In turn, it also helps to promote a regenerative response, regulating the hair growth cycle and mitigating hair loss. Sonoporation is then used to facilitate better penetration and absorption of the serum to induce a substantial change in the skin.
This treatment involves a procedure of micro-needling to open up the channel of the roots so stem cells can be inserted into the scalp directly to promote hair growth and topping off with a Galvanic massage.
4. Hair Transplantation
In cases where hair loss is permanent, hair transplantation can be considered. During this surgical procedure, hair follicles from a donor area are transplanted to the areas with thinning or no hair.
The regrowth potential of lost hair depends on the type and underlying cause of hair loss. While some forms of hair loss can be temporary and allow for natural regrowth, others may require medical intervention or specialised treatments. It is important to consult with a dermatologist or hair restoration specialist to determine the most suitable course of action based on individual circumstances. With advancements in medical technology and treatments, there are options available to promote hair regrowth and help individuals regain their confidence and hair density.