Hair Restoration for Men and Women Louisville, KY
How can Hair Restoration Help Men and Women?
Both men and women experience hair loss, and this occurs due to a variety of reasons. The process of natural hair loss happens every day without even noticing and it will grow back as the hair goes through its pre-programmed cycles. It is not until around 50% of the hair is lost that it will become noticeable to others.
In men, heredity is the leading contributor to hair loss. Male pattern baldness, called androgenic alopecia, results in a receding hairline or thinning of the crown. Fortunately, this form of hair loss can be corrected.
In women, hormonal changes during menopause can cause thinning and pattern loss. Other causes of hair loss in women include severe infection, high fever, certain medications, diet, birth control pills, thyroid disease, childbirth, and cancer treatments.
Unfortunately, there is no specific medication that can completely restore male and female pattern baldness. Many of the medications on the market are designed to slow hair loss but cannot restore new hair growth. The best treatment with reproducible results is hair transplantation with Neograft using follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Previous methods of hair transplantation involved taking a strip of tissue from the back of the scalp removing the hair follicles and then closing an incision on the scalp. This would leave the “tell-tale” sign of hair transplant surgery which was a deterrent for most patients.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
Known as the scarless hair transplant, using Neograft technology we can harvest follicular units from the scalp and transplant to the areas of hair loss without leaving evidence of a procedure. The procedure can take 6-8 hours in the office with just the use of a local anesthetic to numb the scalp as we transplant thousands of grafts. Patients can go home the same day with minimal swelling to the grafting sites. Within a few months of your transplant, the hair grafts will go through the phases of the hair cycle with growth, rest, and death. These changes are expected, and we do not see the final results of the hair transplant for at least one year.
Depending on the patient’s degree of hair loss they may need another treatment to increase the density of the hair. This can be performed at the 6-12 month mark. The first step in hair transplantation is meeting with your provider to discuss your hair loss and determine the approximate number of grafts you may need. The pricing of the procedure depends on the number of grafts placed.
PRP Injections for Scalp
A common procedure we are using in the office to stabilize the hair and possibly prevent further hair loss is the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This technique involves taking a blood sample and spinning it down in a centrifuge to extract the growth factors. These growth factors called PRP are injected into the scalp during a quick office procedure or at the time of your Neograft to help keep the current hair/follicles in a growth phase. This can thicken and repair the hair. The PRP injections are designed as a series of injections spread out over a few months. The results from the PRP, just like with follicular unit extraction are not seen for 3-6 months after the last injection.
Scalp hair loss is not the only area we can treat with transplantation using FUE. The eyebrows and beard are common locations where hair can be transplanted to improve density to these regions. Because hair loss can have multiple causes, treating some of the underlying deficits with diet and supplements can improve hair quality.
Nutrafol, a popular hair growth supplement, has shown great success in our clients to improve hair health. It uses a proprietary blend of botanicals with unique formulas for both men and women to thicken and improve their hair health. Nutrafol is a great addition to improve your overall hair health.
Whether it's thinning hair, brittle hair, or hair that just doesn’t look like it used to, schedule your hair transformation consultation with Dr. Chet Mays.