By Vartan Mardirossian MD FACS
Have you noticed that your hair has started thinning in places or has been falling out without explanation? If so, there is no need to despair because there are several medical and surgical solutions available these days that can assist with hair restoration, some of which will be discussed below.
Scalp Micro Pigmentation
This is a non-surgical procedure that helps reduce the appearance of visibly thinning hair, removing the focus away from any bare patches that may be present. Scalp micro pigmentation is usually an ideal option for men and women who may not be suitable candidates for, or who don’t want to use the option of hair transplant surgery.
This option can be used for anyone with thinning hair and who wants it to appear fuller. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of any scars that may be present on the scalp area, including those from any previous hair transplant treatments (if applicable). Scalp micro pigmentation can also be used to improve the results of a previous hair transplant by reducing the amount of contrast between a patient’s hair color and their scalp.
Follicular Regener-8 (FR-8)
Follicular Regener-8 is a non-surgical option that can help with hair restoration and the process is fast, simple and virtually painless. A little blood is drawn from the patient, which is placed inside a centrifuge unit. This device separates protein-rich platelets from the rest of the blood, and the platelets are injected directly into thinning or bald areas of the scalp. This helps stimulate hair repair and regrowth.
This is an ideal treatment option for anyone suffering from alopecia and it is recommended that it be performed alongside other hair transplant procedures. Although one of the main advantages of this procedure is that patients won’t experience allergic reactions or side-effects from it, other benefits include that patients don’t experience downtime afterwards and the procedure only takes around an hour to perform.
Most patients report a noticeable difference in the form of thicker hair within a very short period of time and the results of Follicular Regener-8 are quite long-lasting. However, it may sometimes be necessary for patients to have booster treatments administered every three to four months.
Hair Transplantation Surgery
This is performed on an outpatient basis and patients usually require between one and two surgical sessions to notice a difference.
Both donor and recipient areas will be anaesthetized with a local anesthetic and a section of hair-bearing scalp skin will be removed from the sides and back of the patient’s head where permanent hair already exists. The sites are then sutured closed.
Donor hair is dissected into minute grafts consisting of two to three hairs each, which are inserted into small slits in recipient areas. Hair surrounding donor areas disguises sutures, and these are removed 10 to 12 days after procedure. It can take anywhere between 8 and 12 months before results become apparent.
If you have been feeling embarrassed or overwhelmed because of hair loss, speak with us to discuss your options regarding hair restoration today. If you are having a problem with hair loss call us at 561-642-0900 for a free consultation; (SKYPE or in person).
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