Hair loss (alopecia) affects many men and women. The symptoms of hair loss may relate to hairstyles, hormones, aging, and genetic makeup. The signs of hair loss can create self-consciousness, a loss of confidence, and a sense of frustration. Rather than cover up a head that is losing its full, thick hair, many people are exploring their options for hair restoration therapy. We are proud to offer an innovative nonsurgical approach to stimulating hair growth.
Affirm offers a unique solution to hair loss with its specialized prescription of bimatoprost. Bimatoprost is most popularly found in Latisse, which is an FDA-approved formula to stimulate eyelash growth. By the same principle, bimatoprost can grow hair in most areas in which it is repeatedly applied. When applied, receptors in the hair follicle are activated to stimulate growth. Multiple clinical trials have shown bimatoprost to be an effective treatment for scalp hair regrowth.
What is Hair Restoration Therapy?
Hair Restoration Therapy is genetic and is called androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition experienced by both men and women. For men, this condition is also known as “male pattern baldness” and can occur as early as one’s teens. In men, the hairline recedes and hair gradually disappears from the crown and front part of the scalp. For women, “female pattern baldness,” or noticeable thinning of the full scalp, usually occurs in one’s forties or later.
Hair restoration therapy is the term that describes a wide variety of procedures and techniques designed to restore the fullness and thickness of hair in an area of thinning or balding. Strategies range from topical products to prescription medication to injections to surgery.
What are the Different Options for Hair Loss?
For those suffering from unavoidable genetic baldness, there are some options available to put hair back on their scalps. Some opt for nonsurgical hairpieces like wigs or toupees. Others choose for hair transplantation procedures, in which several skin-grafting sessions are endured to receive satisfactory fullness. Scalp reduction is another surgical method to redistribute hair on the scalp; bald skin is removed so that hair-bearing skin can be stretched to fill part of the head. If surgical procedures are too extreme or costly, the topical solution Rogaine is popularly used, but is considered most effective in preventing hair loss as opposed to promoting new growth. Similarly, Propecia is another medication (taken orally) suggested primarily for the prevention hair loss instead of inciting the growth of new hair.
Which Hair Loss solutions are permanent and which are temporary?
According to research, all methods of hair restoration may be temporary. This is because hair follicles, even those that are transplanted with surgery, are affected by age when genetically predispositioned for androgenic alopecia. To maintain optimal hair growth and combat this condition takes ongoing effort. This may be the continued use of daily medication or topical solution or periodic surgical touch-ups.
What is the best hair loss solution?
The problem with androgenic alopecia is that the hair follicles shrink. At the same time, the anagen (active) phase of hair growth also shrinks. Without a lengthy active phase and wide, healthy follicles, hair growth is blunted. The hairs that exit follicles are thinner and shorter than they used to be.
Fortunately, there are many options for hair restoration. This provides people with the opportunity to go at their own pace. Most people who are looking at thinner, sparser hair when they look in the mirror want to return to what they once had but they want to do it without surgery. It may seem as though hair transplant surgery would be the obvious “best” solution for hair loss related to androgenic alopecia, but that is not the case. Studies show that the range of successful hair transplantation is from 10% to 80%. Studies also indicate that, like natural hair, the hair follicles that are transplanted are just as susceptible to narrowing and dormancy as all others. Essentially, the hair that is transplanted could eventually thin and fall out, too.
Who is a candidate for hair restoration therapy?
Because there are so many options for hair restoration, most people who are interested in reviving hair growth can be good candidates for treatment. The most common reason for hair loss is genetics. This is referred to as androgenic alopecia or male- or female-pattern baldness. This condition is relatively predictable, causing a receding hairline in men and thinning at the top of the head in women. It is related to the male sex hormone testosterone, which both men and women have. This condition cannot be prevented but it can be addressed. Treatments can be especially successful when the hair growth cycle is stimulated early in the process of hair loss.
How do I prepare for my hair transplant?
At Affirm Health Center, we do not perform surgical hair transplant surgery. Our method of addressing hair loss focuses on stimulating hair growth with a completely noninvasive approach. People who undergo hair transplant surgery must follow a number of guidelines, including avoiding smoking and alcohol, not cutting their hair, and massaging the scalp for up to thirty minutes a day for 14 to 30 days. Additionally, hair transplant patients often have to take hair loss medication like Minoxidil as well as antibiotics before their procedure. Our nonsurgical, noninvasive hair restoration treatment, GHK-Cu, does not require strict pre-treatment guidelines. It requires only consistent use.
What is GHK-Cu?
GHK-Cu is a naturally occurring copper complex that was first identified in human plasma. Copper peptides are small, naturally occurring protein fragments that have a high affinity for copper ions, which are critical to normal body function. The human peptide GHK (glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine) has multiple biological actions, all of which, according to our current knowledge, appear to be health positive. It stimulates blood vessel and nerve outgrowth, increases collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycan synthesis, as well as supports the function of dermal fibroblasts.
GHK’s ability to improve tissue repair has been demonstrated for skin, lung connective tissue, boney tissue, liver, and stomach lining. Since its discovery in 1973, GHK-Cu established itself as a powerful protective and regenerative ingredient, which is currently widely used in skin and hair products. First, it seems to act as a potent protector of tissue and anti-inflammatory agent that controls the oxidative damage that occurs post-tissue injury. It then plays a significant role in signaling tissue remodeling which removes damaged/scarred tissue and generates new, healthy tissue. However, these positive effects decline with age because the concentration of GHK-Cu in the body decreases with age. Thus, there is an increase in inflammation, cancerous activity, and tissue destruction.
What are the Benefits of Using GHK-Cu?
• Tighten loose skin and reverse thinning of aged skin.
• Repair protective skin barrier proteins.
• Improve skin firmness, elasticity, and clarity.
• Reduce fine lines, depth of wrinkles, and improve the structure of aged skin
• Smooth rough skin.
• Reduce photodamage, mottled hyperpigmentation, skin spots, and lesions.
• Improve overall skin appearance.
• Stimulate wound healing.
• Protect skin cells from UV radiation.
• Reduce inflammation and free radical damage.
• Increase hair growth and thickness, enlarge hair follicle size.
5 Ways copper peptides boost hair growth (GHK-Cu)
1. Copper peptides block the DHT found in our scalp (the #1 culprit to hair loss!)
Perhaps most importantly, in the fight against hair loss, it has been shown that GHK-Cu is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. In simple terms, this means that it prevents your body's testosterone from being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which severely damages hair follicles.
2. Copper peptides increase hair follicle size, which means thicker hair
By increasing the follicle size of the hair, the hair will have a more thick and full appearance to it.
We already know that copper peptides play a significant role in regenerating new hair growth, but it's also good to know that they can make your existing hair look and feel thicker than ever before!
3. Copper peptides stimulate blood flow to the scalp
Another awesome benefit of copper peptides is that they stimulate blood flow to all the affected areas of the scalp. In our youthful days, when we had a full head of thick hair, the blood flow to our scalps was substantial and gave our follicles the oxygen and nutrients they needed to nourish our hair. Over time, our blood flow diminished which contributes to hair loss. With copper peptides, we can resume fresh hair growth by stimulating the capillaries under the scalp to support the follicles and bring healthy blood circulation back into the scalp.
4. Copper peptides improve recovery and and boost the healing process from hair transplants
Following a hair transplant procedure, a wound will be left behind that needs support to ensure the transplant yields optimal and successful results. Many Hair Restoration Surgeons, like the creator of GroMD's hair loss products, Dr. Yazdan, found that a post-operative treatment using copper peptides boosts the healing process. Copper peptides are included in many skincare products as the peptides are known for their ability to support the regeneration of aging skin.
Applying copper peptides directly at the source (the scalp) after a hair transplant surgery makes for a faster recovery and makes the healing process more pleasant.
5. Copper peptides prolong the “growth cycle” of our hair
Your hair is always in 1 of 3 hair growth cycles: Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), or Telogen (resting phase). The anagen or "growth" phase of the hair generally lasts between 3-5 years and this is the state most of our hairs are in at any given time.
Copper peptides have proven to extend the life of the growth phase. This means they not only trigger the anagen phase, but also extend it. Enriched with copper peptides - GroMD's Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo and Follicle Activator Spray triggers the anagen or "growth phase" of the hair follicles, causing hair to grow where it previously ceased, resulting in new hair growth that will be stronger and last longer than ever.
How many Hair Loss treatment sessions will I need?
GHK-Cu is administered daily as a prescription topical foam. This makes treatment ultra-convenient and easy to maintain as needed for long-term improvement!
Are there any risks involved with hair restoration therapy?
Hair restoration therapy need not involve risks such as bleeding, infection, and patchy hair growth. These are the risks associated with hair transplant surgery. GHK-Cu has a history of success achieving improved localized hair growth with no side effects and no surgical risks.
What results can I expect after my Hair Transplant?
Results can vary from one person to another. Clinical studies on GHK-Cu for hair growth indicate that noticeable improvements in length, fullness, and darkness are possible. Continued use is necessary to maintain the enhancements that are achieved.