Hair Loss Treatments – Edmonton – Sharma Skin & Hair Surgery Clinic

We provide the most up-to-date hair loss treatments in our Edmonton clinic for patients from Canada, USA, and Europe

edmonton hair loss treatment dr anil sharma mdEdmonton’s Sharma Skin and Hair Surgery Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that treats patients suffering from various scalp and hair loss conditions and performs hair transplant surgery on both women and men.

Dr. Anil Sharma started performing Hair Restoration Surgery in London, England a decade ago, alongside some of Europe’s largest private cosmetic surgical institutes. Now in Edmonton, and active in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, he is proud to offer the most cutting-edge technology and techniques to assess and treat Edmonton patients and beyond suffering from hair loss. In fact, many of his hair loss treatment patients travel from across the U.S.A and Europe to access his care and attention to artistic detail.

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Dr. Anil Sharma MD
Sharma Skin & Hair Surgery Clinic – Edmonton, Canada
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When treating a hair loss patient, our team acquires a thorough medical history, performs a comprehensive scalp assessment using advanced diagnostic utilities and, if necessary, takes blood samples to determine any latent deficiencies or imbalances that could be contributing to the loss of hair. These approaches enable us to detect the earliest signs of thinning hair and figure out what is causing the hair loss. Early detection of hair loss is very important for successful treatment.

We assess and treat the following conditions:

  • Hereditary female and male pattern hair loss
  • Hair breakage
  • Hair damage
  • Traction alopecia (hair loss due to tension or pulling)
  • Dermatologic conditions that induce shedding
  • Non-permanent and permanent hair loss

We are proud to offer humane, research-based patient information and low-level laser therapy in addition to pharmaceutical applications such as oral medications, topical creams, and supplements. We also inject platelet-rich plasma (PRP), using some of your own blood to boost the level of various hair growth components.

One of our treatment protocols, mesotherapy, involves small, detailed scalp injections of effective medications and natural substances. Besides being more effective than topical applications at penetrating to the hair follicle, this approach bypasses the intrinsic and often systemic side effects that come with oral medications. The injections are quite slight and pain-free, thanks to vibration devices created by our physicians.

Hair Loss Evaluation

Sharma Skin and Hair Surgery is skilled in detecting and analyzing hair loss. Our comprehensive care begins with an extensive medical history of each patient. We then use our advanced diagnostics to examine the scalp in-depth and do blood tests to determine if any underlying deficiencies or imbalances might be causing loss of hair. These methods enable us to detect thinning hair even before it becomes noticeable. Early detection is vital, as every therapeutic approach is more productive if begun in the early hair loss stage.

Our expert staff will employ the following tests to diagnose your hair loss:

  • Microscopic examination of hair shafts and bulbs
  • Density count
  • Trichometry to determine hair mass
  • Norwood Classification
  • Ludwig Classification
  • Video microscopy
  • Hair cycle synchronization
  • Genetic testing
  • The Hair Pull Test
  • Daily hair loss assessment
  • Scalp biopsy

Microscopic examination of hair shafts and bulbs

Besides examining your hair for chemical damage stemming from perms, colour and straighteners, we use a microscope to look for inborn hair shaft irregularities such as shaft twisting, central cortex bubbles and shaft constrictions. We also examine the connection of the hair shaft to both the scalp and the underlying bulb.
Your hair will be sorted by diameter or calibre, ranging from coarse hair (80 microns per strand) to normal (70 microns) to fine (60 microns or less). The diameter of the hair determines its mass or cross-sectional area. Someone with 100,000 strands of coarse hairs has double the amount of someone with 100,000 strands of fine hair.

Density count

To establish the number of hairs present per square centimetre of the scalp, we crop a small area of the scalp to about 1 mm in length. Next, we take a photo of the tightly trimmed area, enlarge the photo and count the hairs. Most non-balding scalps have about 200 full-sized strands of hair per square centimetre, organized in 80 to 90 individual follicles containing one to four strands.

Trichometry to determine hair mass

Using trichometry, we calculate hair mass in isolated bundles of hair. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and doesn’t require any hair to be cut. Superior to other methods in accuracy and precision, trichometry can identify hair loss in both men and women. By finding minor changes in hair calibre or amount, this technology calculates baldness way before it sets in. It also can be used to monitor your body’s reaction to prescribed treatments.

Norwood classification

When men start balding, the hair loss progresses in a noticeable pattern, known as “pattern balding.” For over 50 years, this progression has been tracked by comparing a scalp’s appearance to standard images known as the Norwood classification.
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Ludwig classification

Female hair loss, when present, happens mostly on the top part of the head – but in a different way than for men. When the hair loss leads to total baldness, it generally begins on the temples or top. Females with pattern loss generally don’t experience receding hairlines. Some stages of female balding can be tracked using the Ludwig classification.
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Video microscopy

Hair gets radically shorter and thinner before disappearing completely; this miniaturization aids in assessing female and male pattern hair loss. We use video microscope visualization to determine the ratio of small to full-sized strands of hair.
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Hair cycle synchronization

Many animals with fur lose or shed their hair seasonally. Humans lose their scalp hair less frequently. At any point, 90% of our hair gradually grows (anagen) while the remaining 10% is dormant. Each hair grows for approximately three to four years and then goes through a three- to four-month shedding phase before falling out. After that, the cycle restarts.

Losing 50 to 100 strands of hair each day is typical. Various medicines can interrupt the balance and cause 10% more strands to shed, producing noticeable hair loss. This type of shedding is known as effluvium. Shedding can also accelerate as a result of childbirth, high fever or birth control pill withdrawal. At some point, the balance gets reset, and hair ceases to shed.

For those with elevated shedding, we test the scalp to determine what percentage of hairs are shedding vs growing and then approximate your recovery time. A small section of the scalp is close-clipped before the hair strands are counted and the section cleanly shaved. A few days later, we recount the new growth of hair in that same area.

Genetic testing

The HairDX Genetic Test concentrates on androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness), the most typical hair loss in both sexes. Before this test became available, you would have had to patiently wait for noticeable hair loss signs, which typically don’t surface until half of the hair is gone. Determining if you’re susceptible to early hair loss might be the sole way to prevent it, as hair regrowth isn’t likely once it’s lost. We gather a sample by gently swabbing your mouth, and return your confidential genetic results two to three weeks later.
The HairDX Genetic Test determines whether men are at a high or low risk of male pattern baldness and lets women know their chances of experiencing hair loss. The test helps us determine whether our patients will benefit from anti-androgen medications such as Finasteride (Propecia).

The HairDX Genetic Test determines whether men are at a high or low risk of male pattern baldness and lets women know their chances of experiencing hair loss. The test helps us determine whether our patients will benefit from anti-androgen medications such as Finasteride (Propecia).

The hair pull test

There are a couple of ways to determine if irregular hair loss is actively occurring. The easiest is to pull a strand of hair from your head, although the results are subjective. Using this method, the doctor grabs the bottom of a cluster of 50 to 100 hair strands between the forefinger and thumb and gently, yet firmly, yanks with a safe degree of traction. In a typical adult, two to five strands of hair come out. Results vary depending on the number of hairs in the cluster as well as when the hair was last washed and what product has been used. Shampoo eliminates most freely shed hair strands, so the longer the duration between cleaning and the hair pull test, the more hairs can be extracted.

Daily hair loss assessment

Figuring out the number of hair strands shed each day can be beneficial in determining whether you are actually losing hair or just temporarily shedding. Since grooming and shampooing procedures may vary from day to day, it is important to average out the amount of hair shed each day over at least a week.

We advise patients to collect all hair strands shed in their combs, brushes, sinks, showers, counters and pillows for seven days and place each day’s hair in a separate bag before coming to see us. Generally, the average daily loss of hair strands ranges from 50 to 100 strands. During irregular shedding, that number can escalate to several hundred each day. Counting hairs may seem time-consuming and tedious, but it provides data we can use to monitor hair growth.

Scalp biopsy

If hair loss involves follicle scarring, a scalp biopsy is required for proper diagnosis. A biopsy returns vital details that help us determine whether regrowth is feasible. We take one or two minor samples of scalp tissue (no bigger than a tic-tac) using local anesthesia similar to what you would experience in a dental clinic, and then stitch the site to lessen any minor scars. The samples go to a skin pathologist who specializes in diagnosing hair loss.

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Edmonton Hair Loss Treatments
Dr. Anil Sharma MD
Sharma Skin & Hair Surgery Clinic – Edmonton, Canada
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Hair Loss Acceptance

Hair loss, hair thinning, or abnormal hair patterns occur on a broad spectrum for a variety of reasons and is a very common condition that affects more than 50 million men and 30 million women in North America alone.

Men’s hair loss, although not a welcome transition, traditionally, has been grudgingly accepted by men for decades now, and sometimes is even portrayed as been attractive or as a sign of virality. However, many men who have allowed nature to have its way with their hair are suffering suppressed psychological and emotional issues that come from this unwelcome change in appearance.

Men also still tend to become the butt of jokes and remarks about their lack of hair by both men and women, leaving them feeling insecure and undesired.

As a society we have now become more used to seeing bald men, that same acceptance isn’t given to women suffering from hair loss. With magazines, tv shows and movies focusing so heavily on female physical appearance, women especially can be significantly traumatized by the experience of hair loss.

Reasons For Hair Loss

hair loss treatment hair follicleHormones both stimulate hair growth and cause hair loss. Hormones also have the biggest impact on hair loss. For men, this hair loss typically appears as thinning in the front crown area, while women typically get thinner hair throughout.

Why does this happen? Numerous studies have shown that hair loss is directly linked to (DHT) or Dihydrotestosterone in full, is a steroid and hormone which everybody has in their bodies and plays an influential role in hair loss.

DHT helps to maintain and develop sexual characteristics and metabolic activities such as the production of blood cells. DHT is an essential part of puberty in men that can quickly become a burden if they start to experience thinning or balding on their scalp.

DHT prevents and reduces the normal growth of hair in the follicles in a process called ‘miniaturisation’. ‘Miniaturisation’ affects susceptible hair follicles resulting in the hair becoming lighter and finer. DHT latches on to the root of the follicles blocking them from getting the necessary nourishment and, in turn, stopping growth. DHT makes the hair follicles shrink and eventually stop growing altogether.

What Can Help Prevent Hair Loss

The good news is there is help for your hair loss. There are inhibitors that are frequently used to treat male pattern baldness and help female hair loss as well.

Dr. Sharma offers several treatment options to his patients, but only after a careful medical history, and possible investigations are performed to identify the most likely cause of hair loss.

Dr. Sharma has a comprehensive interest in treating hair loss of both men and women. He is also engaged in a postgraduate research program at the Institute of Skin, Hair, and Scalp Pathology at the University of Paris, France.

Contact Us For A Hair Loss Evaluation
Edmonton Hair Loss Treatments
Dr. Anil Sharma MD
Sharma Skin & Hair Surgery Clinic – Edmonton, Canada
Hair Loss Treatment Questions? Contact Dr. Sharma 
Book a professional consultation with Dr. Sharma

“I believe in developing long-term relationships with my patients and taking a collaborative approach to medicine.” – Dr. Anil Sharma