Advances in hair loss prevention and transplantation surgery have developed with medical improvements, knowledge and skills to improve the results available for the right candidates. Developments in medical research and surgical techniques have given the patient restored faith in the field of hair restoration.
Patient results show that improving Hair Transplant techniques in the field of hair restoration can give a viable option to those looking for a permanent solution to areas of hair loss.
When we feel good about ourselves it shows to others in a confidence that does not have to be spoken. There are no barriers, age, gender and genre.
Having the ability to restore something genetics has deprived us of can restore our own feel-good factor with ourselves; a more youthful appearance gives back the self- confidence and self-esteem, which can then reach out into all aspects of our lives, business and personal.
Tackling The Early Signs Of Hair Loss
MPB or male pattern baldness is caused by an active enzyme, 5-Alpha-reductase combining with the male hormone, testosterone, and forming DHT, dihydrotestosterone. This triggers the male pattern baldness gene across the hair over the top of the man´s head, and in advanced stages leaves only a thin band of hair around the sides.
Finasteride can stabilise excessive hair loss and improve the growth and strength of the existing hair. It is possible to see improvements in hair loss and hair growth within a few months, although it can take up to a year to appreciate the full benefit. Possible side effects (less than 2% of users) include: temporary impotence (whilst continuing treatment), lower sperm count and reduced libido. The unwanted effects usually improve as the body adjusts to the new medicine.
Finasteride needs to be taken daily and indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth, although many find it is possible to slowly reduce the initial dosage over time.
Minoxidil was the first FDA approved medication for hair loss and belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators. Minoxidil, applied topically, is widely used for the treatment of hair loss. It is effective in helping promote hair growth in both men and women with androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male and female pattern hair loss.
Initially used to treat high blood pressure, some patients noticed excessive hair growth as a side effect. It was then found that direct application of Minoxidil solution to the scalp could stimulate hair growth.
Low-level laser therapy, or LLLT, emits a light source through diodes that are absorbed through the skin. This encourages improved cell reproduction, blood and oxygen circulation, and can result in not just helping to stabilise hair loss but improve hair growth from dormant, sleeping hair follicles to give a fuller stronger head of hair. The FDA approved the treatment for male and female pattern hair loss for the promotion of hair growth in men in 2007 and in women in 2011.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a natural medical procedure to stimulate hair growth. Platelets are made up of intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes, and alpha granules. These particles within PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are released during the healing and repair process for injuries such as a cut. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy.
These platelets promote healing and accelerate the rate and degree of tissue regeneration and the formation of new cell growth. In respect to hair loss and hair transplantation, PRP can be used for the purpose of stimulating inactive or dormant hair follicles in a variety of hair loss conditions and to stimulate grafted follicles into the growth phase.
Has Hair Loss Got Too Advanced
For those that won´t get the real benefit from a hair loss treatment because their hair loss has advanced, there is still an option to restore your lost hair.
A hair transplant is the movement of strong hair from around the sides and back of the scalp (donor area) to the area of hair loss (recipient area). The FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) techniques can be used individually or combined, allowing, on the right candidate, to treat advanced hair loss stages.
There are certain criteria that need to be assessed at a consultation whether an individual is a hair transplant candidate:
Family Hair Loss History, Maternal and Paternal
Medical Treatments Used (None hair related)
Hair Loss Treatments Used
Previous Hair Transplants (Technique and Graft Numbers)
Hair Loss Stage (Norwood/Ludwig Scale)
Blood Test (Generally for woman to measure any potential systemic problems, hormonal changes)
Goals and Expectations
Planning is important and understanding what can realistically be achieved with any hair restoration technique to ensure you are happy with the result. The number of grafts required is dictated by the surface area to cover and the quality of your hair characteristics. The number of grafts that can safely be extracted in one procedure will be largely dictated by the quality and density of your hair around the sides and back of your head.
Take A Positive Approach To Hair Loss
Generally, man or women we try to look our best, feel good about ourselves and like to convey a youthful appearance to others. Life today has its own demands and more and more people look to cosmetic surgery for answers to the aging process.
Your personal assessment is designed to answer questions such as are you a hair transplant candidate, your hair loss stage, whether your goals and expectations are realistic and dealing with progressive hair loss as you age.