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Hair Loss Awareness Month. Symptoms and What To Do?

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Hair Loss Awareness Month

On our previous post, we talked about the Who and the Why for Hair Loss, as a continuation, this week we bring you more information.

What are the symptoms of Hair Loss?
When it comes to Head Hair Loss, the thinning appears gradually on top of the head. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead, Women in the other hand, retain the forehead line as the part in their hair starts broadening.
Patchy and circular bald spots, are not very frequent but can happen and be very itchy and bothersome.

By the time most patients see a Hair Transplant Surgeon, they have already lost about 50% of hair at an area.

What to do about Hair Loss?
Non-Surgical Options: These options are to help retain hair, improve the quality of the hair you are holding and potential regrowth.
-Minoxidil (Rogaine), this is an over-the-counter treatment that will increase blood flow as well as oxygen and nutrient delivery to the follicle.
-Finasteride (Propecia), this is the only FDA approved oral medication for male pattern baldness. This products works best when used to treat patients with male pattern baldness and has been shown to provide about 30% improvement when used for at least 6 months.
-Laser Devices are the only FDA approved devices to help with Hair Loss treatment. Low Level Laser Light Therapy promotes tissue repair while helping with regeneration to stimulate cellular activity. This type of therapy has proven highly effective to treat Hair Loss as well as wound healing, nerve regeneration, joint pain relief, and other conditions.
Low Level Light Therapy, can be used at the Surgeon’s office for treatments that last between 30 to 45 minutes. There are also LLLT devices like the Laser Cap or Capillus Laser that can be bought and used in the comfort of your home.
-PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), this procedure is performed at the Doctor’s office where blood is taken from the patient, the blood is then placed on a centrifuge where the blood is separated from the platelets.
Platelets are high in proteins that accelerate wound healing and regeneration, the Platelet Rich Plasma stimulates the hair follicle to boost up the follicles and helping hair grow longer and thicker.
-Follicular Micro Pigmentation (Scalp Micro Pigmentation), is an advanced method of cosmetic pigmentation (similar to tattooing). FMP is done by highly specialized equipment, techniques and an experienced professional to inject pigment into the epidermal level of the scalp in order to replicate the natural appearance of real hair and can be used alone or in conjuction with other treatments.

Surgical Options:
-Hair Transplant is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from one part of the scalp “donor site” to the area in need of hair “recipient site”. Although primarily used to treat male pattern baldness, it is now also used to treat females and the transgender community to achieve the hair line goals they desire.

Types of Hair Transplant:
-Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is the old fashion “Strip” surgery where a linear strip of hair gets removed from the donor area and then the follicles get extracted to be implanted into the recipient site. This type of Hair Transplant, leaves behind a noticeable scar and while you get more hair follicles, not all of them are the best quality for transplant.
-Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a technique where the surgeon removes follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs using tiny punches of between 0.6mm to 1.0mm in diameter. The surgeon then uses fine needles to puncture the receiving sites and placing them in a customized density and pattern to promote a realistic hair pattern. FUE gives a great result while looking natural and scar free.
FUE can be done manually by a highly experienced surgeon or by robotic means such as ARTAS or Neograft, however, these have a downside when it comes to the punch size being relatively large when compared to other manual extraction.

Stay tuned for our next post about Prevention and Products!

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

As with any type of surgery, not everyone will be a good candidate for having hair restoration surgery. Your hair loss physician will gather information about you and will be looking at several different factors when determining your candidacy. Most people will be eligible to have a hair transplant, but some factors do need to be considered first.

For hair restoration surgery, you will need to have a strong immune system and be in good health. If you are suffering from a serious medical condition, you should first receive treatment and make sure that your condition is fully resolved. If you do not first treat it, you have a higher risk for post-op complications. Any chronic health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should be discussed with your physician before your procedure, so they can then develop a treatment plan that is specific for you.

You can theoretically have a hair transplant at any age, but certain ages may be better than others for having the procedure. Most hair physicians will recommend waiting until you are at least 18 years old. This is because it is best to be fully mature and to already have well-established hair loss. If you have the procedure when you are too young, you may need to have follow-up procedures down the road to maintain the results, since you are likely to continue hair loss. As a general guideline, patients who are 30 or older are the best candidates since they are more likely to have a well-established hair loss pattern.

Your hair loss physician will also examine the severity of your hair loss and will see how much donor hair you have available. Hair transplants are more successful when they are done while you are in the earlier stages of hair loss and while you have a healthy donor area to harvest hair from. Hair transplants are not a viable treatment option if someone is completely bald. A hair loss physician will be able to tell you what your hair loss classification is and what your hair restoration option are.

Having a healthy lifestyle is also very important if you want to have a hair transplant. In order for the procedure to be successful, you will want to be exercising regularly, eating healthy, and doing everything to reduce or eliminate stress. A good immune system will give you a better chance of having a positive outcome for the procedure by lowering the risk of getting an infection and having a faster recovery time. It is also imperative that you eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get a good night of sleep every night.

Your commitment to your physician’s aftercare plan is also important. If you want to get the desired results from the procedure, you will need to follow your physician’s aftercare instructions. The aftercare instructions will help you to have a speedier recovery, reduce the risk of developing an infection and help you to have minimal pain. Within a few months of receiving the procedure, you should start to see results and your transplanted hairs will start to grow with the rest of your hair.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.