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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!

Treatment Options for Overcoming Hair Loss

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Treatment Options for Overcoming Hair Loss

Many people who experience baldness feel completely alone, when in fact about 80 million people worldwide experience some degree of hair loss. While there are many causes and factors that influence hair loss, male pattern baldness is the most prevalent. Did you know 90% of men are inflicted with some type of hair loss by the time they are 50-years-old? You are not alone. Additionally, while many people think of men when they heard ‘bald,’ women also suffer from female pattern baldness.

The technical term for male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is the primary cause of male hair loss due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which all men have. Additionally, factors such as diet, sickness, and other environmental factors may impact hair loss. If you suffer from hair loss, there are various treatments and solutions for you, but the only permanent option to restore hair is a hair transplant.

Products

A cosmetic option that is heavily marketed is the use of thickening shampoos and conditioners that can be used for those who suffer from hair loss. Thickening products work by coating the hair, giving a fuller appearance, but they do not actually regrow hair. This may be an acceptable option for those with minor thinning of the hair.

Topical Solution

Two popular topical solutions, Propecia and Rogaine, claim to combat hair loss by slowing down the hair loss process and re-growing hair. While these treatments work for some people, they are not effective solutions for everyone and work best in the earliest stages of hair loss.

Laser Treatment

New laser treatments, such as the LaserComb, combat hair loss with a low-level laser light that generates the regrowth of hair follicles. To use this device, you run the comb through your hair for 20 minutes. There is also a new version of this technology, which is a laser light helmet, which is more effective and less demanding. With the helmet, high concentrations of the laser light are applied to the areas of the scalp affected by hair loss.

With hair loss being a progressive condition, more than likely, any of the above treatments will only be a temporary fix for hair loss. Hair restoration surgery is the only permanent solution for hair loss. Both men and women can have hair restoration surgery and it involves taking healthy hair from a donor area and transplanting the healthy follicles onto the affected areas. Each hair grafts will usually contain 1-4 hairs. Since the hair from the donor area is not prone to balding, it provides exceptional results since it is providing permanent hair to the balding areas. Good candidates for a hair transplant will need to have a healthy donor area. If you are completely bald, this procedure will not be an option for you.

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.