Assisting Men with Hair Restoration Treatment in Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn
Hair loss and hair thinning are very common problems for men in the United States. By the time they are 35, the majority of men will have a noticeable amount of hair loss, which will only continue to worsen. In some cases, hair loss can start as early as the beginning of puberty.
One of the most common causes of hair loss in men is androgenetic alopecia, which is also known as male pattern baldness or male pattern hair loss. This condition, which affects two-thirds of men, typically starts with a receding hairline or with hair thinning at the crown and progresses over time to affect most or all of the scalp. Male pattern baldness occurs when a male has hair follicles that have a higher level of sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a by-product of testosterone. This sensitivity, which is usually hereditary, causes the hair follicles to shrink and fall out at an earlier stage.
Hair loss in men can be caused by a number of different factors, including:
- Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness)
- Other medical conditions, such as thyroid problems
- Emotional stress
- Physical stress
- Skin infections
- Poor reactions to medication
What is Hair Restoration?
This is a surgical procedure that involves removing small areas of hair-bearing portions of skin from a healthy donor area of the scalp and implanting them to bald or thinning areas of the head.
How Hair Transplants Can Help Men with Hair Loss
Because the hair follicles on the sides and back of the head are genetically programmed to keep growing even during the onset of male pattern baldness or hair loss, these follicular units are ideal for hair transplant procedures. Once transplanted, the hair follicles will continue to grow, therefore allowing for the elimination of bald spots and spots with hair thinning. Here at RHR, we use the most advanced hair restoration methods to help our patients obtain fuller hair with a more natural appearance.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Hair Restoration?
Many men and women are excellent candidates for hair restoration. Evaluating a potential candidate requires a detailed conversation with the candidate and a thorough examination. In general, good candidates are men who have been losing their hair due to male pattern baldness for a number of years, with realistic expectations and an understanding that their hair loss may progress despite prescription medication to stop the progression. Men who have a long-standing history of hair loss whose patterns have stabilized and have adequate donor hair are also excellent candidates. Women who have permanent hair loss from their scalp without the process has affected the donor area of the head may benefit from a hair restoration procedure. Other good candidates include any individual who may have lost hair due to trauma or burns, or even other cosmetic surgery like face-lifts.
What Does A Hair Restoration Procedure Entail?
The procedure is usually done in a physician’s office under mild sedation and local anesthesia. The patient’s scalp will usually be prepped with a hair trim and cleansing. This will be followed by injections of anesthetic to numb the scalp. One of two methods for hair graft harvesting will be performed: follicle unit transplantation (FUT or strip surgery) or follicle unit excision (FUE).
How Long Is A Hair Restoration Procedure?
Depending on the size of the transplant procedure, the process usually takes about 4 to 8 hours.
How Many Hair Restoration Treatments Are Needed For A Full Head Of Hair?
You can regain the look a full head of hair with a hair restoration procedure. Hair transplant surgery is basically rearranging and redistributing an individual’s existing hair, so you are not gaining new hair, but achieving a significant cosmetic improvement. The number of procedures required depends on the individual patient’s needs and what stage of hair loss they are at. Typically, more than one procedure is required to achieve a “full” look.
How Soon Will I See Results?
The transplanted hair usually sheds within the first few weeks after the procedure and then starts sprouting as small caliber hairs at around 3-5 months. The hairs get progressively thicker over time and the fully matured transplanted hair is seen at 12-15 months.
How Long Is The Healing Process?
Full healing usually will take 7-10 days. The tiny scabs are typically gone in about 5-7 days from the FUE procedure. There is minimal discomfort following the procedure, only necessitating an over-the-counter analgesic during the first 24 hours. However, with FUT, the healing process will take longer and is associated with more discomfort usually requiring narcotics afterward. Typically with FUT, sutures on staple will need to be removed a few days after the procedure.
How Long Will The Hair Last?
Hair that is harvested for transplant from the back of the scalp is taken from an area known as the “safe zone.” This hair is typically not susceptible to hair loss. Therefore, the hair that is transplanted is permanent.
Try Our Long Island Robotic Hair Restoration Solution!
At our Long Island robotic hair restoration center, we can provide you with a follicle unit excision (FUE) procedure to help you obtain a head of hair that looks younger and fuller. Using the premier ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System, we can accurately identify and harvest the follicular units that are best for transplantation. We fully stand behind this FDA-approved technology, which provides many benefits over the strip method (follicular unit transplantation) and manual FUE methods.
What Can I Expect During A Hair Restoration Consultation?
At the time of the consultation, you will meet with the patient consultant and physician. A full scalp assessment will be performed, including an analysis of your donor region and areas requiring coverage. Multiple photos will be taken. A full treatment plan will be discussed and all questions will be answered.
Call our Long Island robotic hair restoration practice today for a free consultation! And remember, we can come to you.