Hair Restoration Treatments Offered at the Alabama Hair Institute
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Topical Medication Rogaine® (MINOXIDIL)
Rogaine® is a topical medication that can treat male and female pattern hair loss. This substance is the liquid form of minoxidil and can help regrow some hair. Rogaine® can be used in conjunction with surgical procedures to maximize the potential for hair restoration. Rogaine® is the only medication FDA approved for both men and women.
LaserCap® LCPRO™ Low-level Laser Light Therapy
LaserCap® LCPRO™ Low-level Laser Light Therapy improves cellular function by stimulating hair follicle cells. This treatment helps the hair follicles to function more effectively, leading to healthier hair growth. LaserCap® LCPRO™ can be used by patients at home and is typically worn every other day for 30 minutes. Results will become noticeable after 12 weeks. Treatment with LaserCap® LCPRO™ can be combined with PRP and hair transplantation procedures.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
A few tubes of blood are drawn and placed in a centrifuge for separation. The platelets are separated from red blood cells and concentrated with the remaining plasma. This PRP is then placed into small syringes and then injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Platelets are responsible for the clotting process, but they also have growth factors that stimulate hair growth. PRP can be used alone in patients beginning to lose hair or in conjunction with a hair restoration procedure.
Surgical Procedure NeoGraft® Hair Restoration System With Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)
NeoGraft® Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) uses precision visual graft extraction by suctioning hair grafts into a collection canister. This surgical technique enables consistent, quality hair grafts and is one of the most advanced and minimally invasive hair transplantation method available. First, the sides and the back of the head are shaved. Next, individual hair grafts are removed with a one-millimeter punch. Finally, the hair grafts are transplanted to the balding areas in the front. Benefits of this technique include a quick recovery, no sutures, and no linear scar. The small holes from extracting the grafts heal quickly and are nearly imperceptible after just one week. Complications are few, and patients will have very natural-looking results.
Surgical Procedure Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUT surgery takes a strip of tissue from the back or sides of the scalp and divides it into follicular unit grafts of one, two, or three hairs. These hair grafts are artfully placed into balding areas to create a natural, fuller hairline. FUT mimics the intrinsic growth pattern of the hair to provide the most natural-looking results. Recovery is minimal, with most patients able to return to work in three to four days. Sutures from the harvest site are removed after seven to 10 days. The harvest site can be covered with a hat or adjacent hair until the hair grows back. Patients will have a linear scar but will experience high yield from the hair grafts. The scar is usually easy to camouflage as long as the hair is at least ½ to ¾ inch long.
Before & After
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My consultation was thorough & I felt as though all of my questions were answered so I could make an informed decision. The care I received the day of my surgery Dr. Rousso and his staff were very caring and compassionate. I will definitely recommend your services to family and friends. I am very pleased!
SF Odenville, AL
Factors to Consider
Candidates for hair restoration procedures have thinning hair or hair loss that causes them to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Candidates for surgical hair transplant procedures must have healthy hair growth at the back and side of the head and be willing to wait three months for the hair to begin growing in again. Almost all patients may be candidates for some form of hair restoration.
Patients typically feel that the discomfort associated with hair transplantation is not much more than the discomfort associated with dental work. Local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort during the procedure. During recovery, mild pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort.
The length of time before results are seen varies according to the procedure. For surgical hair restoration, much of the grafted hair will initially fall out but then will regrow after three to four months. The regrown hair will be long enough to comb and style by about six months after surgery. Topical medications may need to be taken for at least six months to determine their effectiveness.
Topical medications must be continued daily to maintain their effectiveness. Additional surgical procedures may be performed every six to 12 months, allowing for hair growth between sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
A number of factors may contribute to hair loss. In men, heredity is a major factor, and once hair loss has begun, it continues progressively unless an intervention occurs. In women, hair pattern changes, including thinning and hair loss, are usually the result of hormonal changes (such as menopause). Aging is another common cause of hair loss. These factors, as well as trauma and burns, can all lead to hair loss in both genders.
Most people in their 20s or older who have hair loss will be good candidates for hair restoration. Other influencing factors include hereditary history, scalp laxity, hair density, hair texture, and pattern of alopecia.
Most men and women will qualify for some type of hair replacement procedure. A small percentage of individuals with excessive hair loss are not suitable candidates, but this is rare. Other individuals who may not qualify include those with serious or chronic health conditions, trichotillomania, active alopecia areata, and patients with unrealistic expectations about the potential results.
Patients do not need to cut their hair before the procedure. In fact, it may be better to avoid cutting your hair because it will give the surgeon more hair to work with and gives you more hair to cover the shaved areas after your procedure. If you are having the Neograft® FUE technique, it will be necessary to shave the donor scalp closely the day before the procedure. In men, a “high and tight” haircut is preferred.
During the first week after surgery, patients should shower with lukewarm water. Shampoo should be avoided the first day after surgery, but patients should gently pat their scalp with their fingertips using running water. Witch hazel may be applied to the graft sites and harvest area(s) using cotton swabs several times daily. Two days after surgery, baby shampoo can be used. A blow dryer should not be used (unless it is on the cool setting) during the first week. Patients should sleep on their backs with their heads elevated. Bending and heavy exercise should be avoided for one to two weeks, but work and normal activities can be resumed within a few days to one week after surgery. Within four weeks after surgery, much of the newly transplanted hair will fall out, but new hair will grow in approximately three months later.
The color and texture of your hair may affect your results after hair transplantation surgery. Curly or wavy hair creates a more dense appearance after transplantation than hair that is fine or limp. Additionally, patients with light hair or gray hair will likely have more natural-looking results. Where there is a significant contrast between your hair and skin color, transplants may be more noticeable. Nonetheless, surgical procedures for hair restoration can achieve satisfying and natural-looking results for patients with all hair types and colors.