Do I need Surgical Hair Restoration?
Due to the incredible advances in hair restoration technology over the past several decades, more and more people are seeking treatment for their hair loss. We have come a long way from outdated methods of the past like plugs and mini-grafts.
The most important thing to consider before seeking treatment is the fact that different people lose their hair in different amounts for different reasons, so there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Consulting an experienced hair loss physician is the only sure way to be certain that you are setting out on the best path to hair restoration for your individual circumstances.
Your hair loss physician will take into account a number of specific factors, including your health, age, hair loss classification, lifestyle, and how committed you will be to the aftercare. Each treatment has its own pros & cons including cost and safety.
Non-Surgical Hair Restoration
Some people are not comfortable with or are not eligible for surgery, makes non-surgical procedures a better choice. There are a wide variety of these types of procedures to choose from.
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) uses lasers to stimulate hair follicles with cool laser light that has been shown to improve follicle health, function, and vitality.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) involves a patient’s blood being drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.
Scalp Micro Pigmentation works almost like a tattoo to place pigment on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles. This procedure can be used to supplement other procedures by recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas, and covering unsightly scars.
Certain products like Dr. Yates’ Keratin Protein Hair Fibers work to camouflage thinning hair, stimulating hair growth, making existing hair appear fuller, and guarding against further hair loss.
Surgical Hair Restoration
For some, surgical hair restorationis the best option. Surgical treatments can vary, but they are all elaborate and complex. During the procedure, hair follicles are transplanted into the scalp to facilitate healthy growth. Surgical hair restoration procedures can be costly, but they are effective and permanent.
For this type of procedure, it is extremely important to do your homework and learn about your physician’s experience, authority, and success rates. This is because of the potentially painful and unsightly side effects that can come about if the surgery is performed incorrectly.
Candidacy for Surgical Hair Restoration
Yates-Hair.jpgAlthough anyone may be a candidate for a hair transplant, there may be reasons to decide against it. For instance, because hair loss is a gradual process, younger people may encounter problems because they are unsure of the potential extent of their hair loss and may need follow-up procedures as they age.
During a consultation with a hair loss expert, they will determine your hair loss ‘classification’ by assessing how severe your hair loss is, which factors might have caused it, how much donor hair is available, and how a specific treatment method would align with your lifestyle.
As it is with any surgery, your physician will also want to make sure that you are well aware of all of the potential effects of the surgery and find out how committed you are to following their aftercare instructions. They will make sure you are setting realistic expectations for the outcome.