How long will it take my hair to grow back?
The short answer is a long time. It seems to take forever. Normally people grow about 1 inch of hair each calendar quarter. Women whose hair is affected by one of the hair disorders responsible for chronic hair loss grow hair slower than usual. This is because the hair follicle is under assault and spends much of its energy and other resources repelling these insults rather than growing.
Our therapies are aimed at addressing the adverse conditions that retard hair growth and stress the follicle so that your hair can recover its natural rhythm and vigor. This all takes time though and it cannot be forced like a hothouse flower.
Given these considerations our goal is for your hair to be gradually restored in about 12 months but not fully regrown. This does not mean your hair will be back to normal. It does mean that you will be able to see that it is on the way back. At the 1-year point most people will be able to appreciate the presence of significantly more hair than they had before beginning therapy. We use before and after photomicroscopy and plain photography of the scalp to monitor this and you will have encrypted online access to these photos at all times.
The newly recovered hair needs to be protected from ongoing conditions that can re-injure it and cause a reversal of the progress made. Minca Scalp Spray is the principal method we use to conserve and defend the hair from continuing insult and injury. The spray also supports and stimulates the growth of normal mature hair shafts from the follicle.
Can I cure the cause of my hair loss?
This is possible in a few women when the cause can be found and it has a cure. In most women, even when the cause or causes are diagnosed and treated, we are not able to cure them. However it is important to know that while a cure may be out of reach an effective therapy is not. Some respond to the treatments we use so well it might as well be a cure but it is important to remember it is not. The difference is a cure is once and for all. Once cured the condition is gone never to return. A good treatment is effective only so long as it is used properly.
A good treatment is able to remove many if not most of the effects of the disease but not eliminate it. If treatment is stopped the influence of the disease will once again dominate and its symptoms and signs will become manifest. It is important to understand the difference between these two because no matter how successful a treatment is, unless it is continued the benefit it provides will be lost and the disease will return.
After restoring my lost hair how long do I need to continue conservation maintenance therapy?
Women who succeed in restoring their lost hair must continue maintenance therapy or loose the gains. Most causes of chronic hair loss are ever present and never rest. They are held at bay by Minca Scalp Spray but only so long as it is used correctly and indefinitely. It is absolutely necessary to keep your guard up at all times by continuous use of the spray to prevent loss of the gains made.
Continuous vigilance with periodic medical evaluation together with appropriate application of the specific antidotes contained in Minca Scalp Spray opposes the causes of your hair loss. The treatment remains effective only as long as you use them properly and continuously. A break in treatment will lead to renewed hair loss. In a women who has spent years restoring and conserving her hair it would only take about 6 months off maintenance scalp therapy for her to loose all the gains made.
Will I ever get my old hair back?
The truth is probably not. We advise women to expect to see their hair return very slowly. When it does you will notice that it feels and looks gradually thicker and fuller. After about a year of therapy the new hair is often sufficient to cover some if not most areas of exposed scalp. The response seen depends on the extent of hair loss before beginning treatment with satisfactory responses taking longer the greater the initial hair loss. It is common to see women being able to grow longer hair once more; even enough to put up in a pony tail.
We aim for a good result
Our goal for you is growing enough new hair that you consider the result as “good enough” but not perfect. Perfect is not an option with today’s technology. It is important that you not let a perfect expectation become the enemy of a good result. There is no satisfaction in doing so.
Setting realistic expectations
It is important then to have appropriate expectations entering into a prolonged and expensive hair restoration and conservation therapy like the one we offer. Anyone expecting to have their hair back like it was before is setting themselves up for disappointment and frustration.
A healthy attitude to possess upon undertaking this journey is one with realistic goals not fantasy. Our growth factor containing platelet rich plasma scalp treatment will cause dormant follicles to awaken and mature into normal adult hair. Minca Scalp Spray will protect the growing hair follicle keeping it safe from ongoing and future harm. These actions allow the hair follicle to resume a more normal hair growth cycle that lasts years rather than months.
We do not promise that you will get your old hair back. We aim to help you restore your hair to its current potential and conserve it in that state. What we hope for you and all our patients is that the outcome you experience is accepted by you as “good enough” and one that you can live satisfactorily with. It is our intention for you to regrow enough quality hair so it is not a constant source of frustration, irritation, fear and suffering. Hair that is good enough for you to finally relax and stop worrying. That is what we want and expect to be able to do for you and is our therapeutic goal.
Could I still have androgenic alopecia even with normal hormones?
Yes. This in fact is what is most often observed and was the cause of great confusion among medical researchers and clinicians devoted to treating women with chronic hair loss. The breakthrough came when it was discovered that the majority of women with chronic hair loss and normal serum androgen hormones (testosterone, free testosterone and DHT) had scalp biopsy and photomicroscopic findings caused only by androgens, dihydrotestosterone or DHT to be precise. Another research team found that a similar group of women had either more of the DHT producing enzyme, 5 alpha reductase, in their scalp than women without hair loss. Other women had less of the enzyme, aromatase that converts testosterone to estradiol. An unlucky few had both too much 5 alpha reductase and too little aromatase. This double whammy plus the requisite genetic background is the likely explanation for the most extensive cases of hair loss seen in women with androgenic alopecia.
What these research findings mean is that in women with one or both of these enzyme variances suffer hair loss even though their hormone levels are not elevated. Women without these enzyme findings do not develop androgenic alopecia unless they have a condition associated with high levels of hormones, which is seen in less than 6% of women. The two most common reasons for this condition are polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and using too much testosterone as a supplement.
Evaluating the hormone status of patients is complex. While we obtain a complete hormone profile in all women evaluated here, those with one of the typical presentations and photomicroscopic patterns seen due to androgenic alopecia rarely have abnormally high levels. In fact the most common finding is low levels. The cause of their disease is still due to DHT but in their case it is relative due to the fact that the enzyme abnormalities discussed above cause the patient to be much more sensitive to the low levels of DHT that is present in the scalp not to an increased amount of DHT in circulation.