Hair Replacement FAQs
Why would I need hair replacement?
You can lose hair for many reasons, from wearing tight braids and experiencing extreme stress to developing fungal and autoimmune conditions. But the most common cause of hair loss is an inherited condition called androgenetic alopecia.
Androgenetic alopecia causes nearly all hair loss in men and also accounts for many cases of hair loss in women. If you have androgenetic alopecia, your hair follicles overreact to a hormone known as DHT.
DHT makes the follicles shrink and produce thinner hair, a process called miniaturization. Over time, they stop growing hair.
In men, androgenetic alopecia is better known as male-pattern baldness because their hair loss appears in a predictable pattern. The pattern includes a receding hairline and hair loss on the top of your head while maintaining a ring of healthy hair around the sides and back of your head.
Women with androgenetic alopecia don’t have an obvious pattern. Instead, they experience general thinning over their scalp.
What treatments promote hair replacement?
Dr. Sanders offers a range of effective hair replacement treatments, including:
Topical medications such as Rogaine® or Propecia® promote hair regrowth and reverse miniaturization. You may also need different medications to treat an underlying problem.
Low-level laser therapy supports hair growth by enhancing the blood supply to the follicles.
Dr. Sanders produces the serum in the office from a sample of your blood, which contains a high concentration of platelets. After he injects it into balding areas, the platelets release growth factors that trigger new hair growth, increase hair thickness, and slow down hair loss.
How does a hair transplant replace hair?
A hair transplant involves taking healthy hair follicles from a donor site on your scalp and implanting them in balding areas. To have a hair transplant, you need a good supply of donor hairs.
Your scalp also needs to support the new follicle. If you have scarring or a skin condition, you may not be able to have a transplant.
Dr. Sanders performs a type of hair transplant called follicular unit extraction (FUE) because it produces the most natural-looking results. During an FUE, he uses a small circular punch to remove individual follicular units. Then he transplants each follicle, making a tiny incision to implant one follicle at a time.
You don’t need to put up with embarrassing hair loss. To learn more about hair replacements, call Kenneth Sanders Facial Plastic Surgery or request an appointment online today.