Are you worried about hair loss? Well before you consult with a hair restoration specialist, it’s helpful to know what surgical hair loss treatment options are available so you can discuss which alternative might be right for you.

Are You a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

Heredity is the root of 95% of all cases of alopecia (baldness) in the United States1. Good candidates for most types of hair replacement surgeries are men with male-pattern baldness, women who suffer from genetic female-pattern baldness, and anyone who has lost hair due to a scalp injury, including burns. You may not be a good candidate for hair replacement surgery if you do not have a sufficient donor site or are a woman with wide-spread areas of hair loss.

Types of Surgical Options Available to Treat Hair Loss

Today there are a number of surgical hair restoration options available. Here are a few of the most common: Scalp Reduction: Scalp reduction is a procedure where a surgeon removes skin from the scalp where hair no longer grows. The remaining skin, where active hair grows, is then stretched to fill the bald area of the head. This type of procedure is not effective for filling in the frontal hair line. Hair Transplant a.k.a. Hair Grafting: This is considered an outpatient procedure and is typically performed in your dermatological or hair specialist’s office. Here, a patch of scalp from a donor area is cut into small segments, then transplanted into the balding area. The donor area is then closed with stitches, which usually come out in about 10 days. The end result is very natural looking and virtually undetectable. FUE Hair Transplant Procedure: The ARTAS Robotic System is the first and only FDA-cleared, physician-controlled, computer-assisted technology for hair transplant surgery. The process begins with a skilled doctor applying a local anesthetic so you won’t experience pain, just minimal discomfort. While it can be a time-consuming process, the ARTAS® system speeds things up by taking about 1,000 grafts per hour. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Another new and minimally invasive option showing effectiveness for the treatment of hair loss and thinning hair in both men and women is PRP.Similar to the practice of having a patient donate his/her own blood before a surgical procedure, using a patient’s own blood, a medical professional will spin it down to isolate the part of the plasma that contains platelets and growth elements. The result is then injected into the scalp where there is thinning hair or hair loss. When used in combination with other hair regrowth treatments such as hair transplants and laser hair treatments, PRP is showing promising results.

Questions to Ask Your Hair Regrowth Specialist

When considering which hair loss surgery may be right for you, here are a few questions to ask during your consultation.
  • Which hair loss surgical procedures have you performed?
  • Which procedures would you recommend for my type of hair loss?
  • What will my recovery period be like?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • What kind of results are reasonable for me to expect?
If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair and are considering surgical treatment options, orif you are interested in learning more about hair loss, regrowth treatment and product options, or would like to consult with a Capillus specialist in your area click here or call Capillus for more information at (786) 888 6249 or Toll-Free at 1 (888) 272-9599.