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Five Things You May Not Know About Hair Restoration

March 18, 2016

Hair restoration in Baltimore, MD, has come a long way over the years. From the only option being to wear a toupee or simply accept baldness to advanced techniques in hair grafting and other minimally invasive treatments, actual hair growth in areas where hair loss has occurred is possible. If you are suffering from hair loss and want to look at your options, here are five things you may not know about hair restoration: Hair restoration includes non-invasive techniques, too. When you think about hair restoration, the first thought is transplantation. There are several non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques that have made hair restoration possible without the need to undergo procedures that require sedation and longer recovery times. It is better to wait for hair restoration if you are still young. When you suffer hair loss at an earlier age than normal, the pattern of hair loss is erratic and may be broader as time passes. Let’s say you are in your 20s or early 30s and have started to see your hairline receding so you decide to have a hair transplant with the idea that you can head off your hair loss at the pass and achieve a fuller head of hair at the hairline and crown. Then over the years, the hair loss continues in other areas while the transplanted hair remains the same, leaving you with patches of hair that look even worse than you thought it did when you noticed your hair thinning. Newly transplanted hair takes time to fully grow. It is common for patients who have undergone a hair transplant to want to see immediate results. The reality is that the hair used in transplant procedures takes time to begin to grow. In fact, it typically takes about six months to start to see growth and may take up to a year to realize the full effects of a hair transplant. Hair transplants may take a lot of time. Depending on the extent of the hair loss and the desired amount of hair to be transplanted, hair transplants can take some time. Not only does each procedure take several hours, most patients require at least two procedures to complete the restoration process. It is an arduous process that is not for the faint of heart. Hair transplants are permanent. The hair used for transplants is taken from other areas of the scalp where hair is dense and resistant to the hormone that causes hair loss – DHT. Because of this, the restoration is permanent and will not start to thin or fall out in the future. Considering Hair Restoration The advances in hair restoration make it worth seriously considering one of the procedures to replace hair loss. If you are considering hair restoration, you have options. By contacting our offices to schedule a consultation, we can determine the best treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.

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The Importance of Early Intervention with Hair Loss

February 18, 2016

If you have bald relatives or even those with severely receding hairlines, it is very likely you may have to deal with hair loss as you get older. You may already notice your hairline inching towards the top of your head. Hair loss affects about 35 million men and over 21 million women (Relevant Research, 2014) with the percentage of men seeing noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 at about 40 percent – yes, 40 percent. This is why it is so essential to understand the importance of early intervention with hair loss. For many, by the time hair loss is noticeable, the hair loss has been going on for years. The Effects of Male Pattern Hair Loss Male pattern hair loss happens over time – you don’t just wake up one day with no hair. Hair follicles shrink, causing hair to eventually fall out. Once this happens, the only way to cover the balding scalp is to have hair transplantation. This is where early intervention enters the picture. You look in the mirror every morning and night where you inevitably notice that your hairline is creeping up your head. This is when you need to seek attention to it if it is bothersome or makes you self-conscious. The problem is that when you avoid it by thinking that everyone’s hairline recedes, you get to a point where the only option is hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is often not the right option for men in their 20s when hair restoration is under discussion. Instead, the ideal option is to look at other options that facilitate expansion of the hair follicle and possibly even regrowth. It is important to understand that without any early intervention, you will continue to experience hair loss. This will lead to continued hair transplantation and, ultimately, a point in time where hair loss exceeds the amount of donor hair available. Early Intervention Methods Hair follicles suffer from reduction at different times rather than all at once. Because of this, it is important to try to keep hair growing for as long as possible. By doing this, you can potentially keep hair growing so you can stave off further hair loss. The way to do this is by working with the following: Prescription drug therapy – Rogaine® (Minoxidil) and Propecia® (Finasteride) are the only FDA-approved drugs to treat hair loss. Each works to slow the process of hair loss and even reverse hair loss. Laser hair therapy – laser hair therapy directs light energy on the scalp to increase blood flow and oxygen to hair follicles. The objective is to stimulate as many follicles as possible from the resting phase into the growing phase to increase hair growth. Deal with Hair Loss Early Many patients who deal with hair loss early are able to protect the hair they have and revive declining hair follicles. The key is early intervention with hair loss, so make an appointment with a trusted physician who specializes and has a stellar reputation in hair loss and restoration.

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The Art of Hair Restoration

January 18, 2016

Deciding on hair transplantation is a major decision in and of itself. Once it is made, the next step is finding the right hair restoration physician to perform the procedure. The ideal surgeon who performs hair transplantation must see the art of hair restoration. And it is an art form. Prescribing Medication to Maximize Effectiveness Along with the benefits of prescription drug therapy are potential side effects as well as the usefulness of the medication. Hair restoration physicians walk a thin line in prescribing medication to maximize effectiveness while minimizing potential side effects. Be Patient with the Process There is an old saying – “patience is a virtue.” When it comes to hair transplantation, nothing could be truer. This process is thought of as a long-term plan rather than a short-term solution. Skilled physicians have the experience and ability of knowing what will work best at a particular point in the hair restoration process. For instance, if a patient insists on hair transplantation but a physician knows it is too early in their hair loss, while the physician understands the haste towards hair transplantation, they know that going ahead with transplantation will not solve the issue since future hair loss will more than likely take place. Retrieving and Placing Hair The most important part of understanding hair transplantation is that it does not give patients new hair but rather moves hair from one place to another. This part of hair restoration is where artistry is more important than ever. Much of transplanting hair is about understanding how to almost duplicate the hairline in a similar manner prior to hair loss by judging the natural way the hair fits the scalp. An experienced hair restoration physician knows how to place the hair grafts to fit the head best so the hair will lie correctly as time passes, and he needs to know how to create an illusion of denser hair. Combines Art with Science Just as with any facial cosmetic procedure, hair restoration combines art with science and medicine to create a natural-looking head of hair. It takes knowing how the facial structure plays into hair placement and hairline as well as understanding the composition of the skin, how to graft the hair at the right angle, and how to place it in the right way. When choosing a physician skilled at hair restoration, it is imperative to make sure he has the artistry as much as the education. Those who have the ability to combine both are the ones who truly take the time to treat the hair loss and produce the results patients want.

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