What is the cause of my hair loss?
Hair Loss is usually related to genetic factors (androgenic alopecia(hair follicle shrinks away and eventually there is no Hair in the Follicle. Because of the genetic makeup and predisposition for Hair Loss the new hair does not grow back in the hair follicle.
The pattern of the hair loss can vary sometimes only the hairline is affected other times the hairline and crown are affected. With severe hair loss all areas can affected except for a horseshoe-shaped area on the sides and the back of the head.
85% of men at the age of 50 will demonstrate some hair loss.
In women, hair Loss is also commonly secondary to genetic factors but the pattern of the hair loss may be different than in men. With women, sometimes the hair loss is generalized thinning. Rarely medical conditions can cause hair loss involvement including pregnancy hormone deficiencies, thyroid disease, or autoimmune conditions.
What are the nonsurgical options to allow hair growth and minimize hair loss?
Minoxidil was the first hair loss topical medication that was used and is still used with some limited benefit. The mode of action on hair follicles is still not well understood, but it is theorized to improve the vasculature to the hair follicle. There are multiple hair products including shampoos that might minimize hair loss but their success is unprove. Most of them work by removing sebum from the scalp.
In the adult male patient, finasteride can also be used to minimize hair loss and improve hair growth. This prescription medication probably holds the most promise if used early enough to prevent further hair loss. The medication works by decreasing the amount of DHT (dihydrotestosterone ). This leads to increasing hair growth and slowing hair loss. Hair growth on other parts the body are not seemingly affected.
Other newer less invasive treatments than surgery that can be used in men and women include low-level laser treatment and platelet rich plasma. Low-level laser treatment(LLLT) stimulates the base of the hair follicle energizing the follicle at the cellular level to restore hair.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss involves processing the patient’s own blood and reintroducing these active proteins into the patient’s scalp in the areas of hair loss. The concentrated platelets containing bioactive proteins, growth factors and the VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) to stimulate hair growth. To get maximum benefit the patient may require several treatments.
What’s involved in hair replacement surgery?
In hair replacement surgery hair is removed from the stable areas in the back of the patient’s head and then transferred to the balding areas. After harvesting the grafts were harvested, the grafts are prepared by the technicians to be reintroduced into the balding areas. Most grafts contain one or two hairs with the occasional use of a larger graft containing 3-5 hair follicles.
Will the surgery leave scars?
The artistic arrangement of these grafts are placed in such a manner to create a natural hairline. OA Facial Plastics offer different options for acquisition of the hair follicles. The classic method involves removing a strip of hair in the back of the patient’s head to harvest the follicles. However, we also offer follicular unit extraction best for the patient who wears there hair extremely short which leaves no scar.
How long does the surgery take,where is it done and is it painful?
Your hair replacement procedure could last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the number of grafts placed and can be performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Typically patients receive some oral sedation to help them relax during the procedure. After surgery a mild pain reliever is prescribed to alleviate any discomfort at the donor site, however many patients find they do not require anything stronger than Tylenol.
It is very important to note that a hair transplant does not have the “pluggy look” that was the case 20-30 years ago but individual hairs units that look natural. After hair transplant surgery, you can resume most of all of your normal activities with minimal downtime besides the time it takes to perform the procedure.
During the procedure the patient will be seated in a dental chair reclined in front of a large flat screen television mounted on the wall.
After the procedure is completed the patient was given postoperative instructions to improve the healing process including instructions on scalp care. washing their hair, resuming work, exercise and lifting.
What is follicular unit extraction hair restoration?
There are several different companies that offer implantations systems to deliver this type of hair restoration surgery. OA Facial Plastic offers the Neo Graft system . This automated system uses pneumatic control to precisely extract completely individual hair follicles which can then be immediately transplanted into the selected areas of the scalp. This technique creates no scarring from the donor site and provides a natural looking head of hair that can worn in any style. It’s your own hair!