Balding, or losing one's hair, can be a devastating blow to the self-image of both men and women alike. The most common type is known as alopecia, or male-pattern baldness. There are a number of reasons people may be susceptible to hair loss, including heart disease, reduced blood flow to the scalp, and genetics. At Strax Rejuvenation, we are pleased to have Dr. Paul J. Reilly, MD, FAAFP, as our hair re-growth and replacement specialist, allowing us to treat a broad range of hair loss problems in the safest, most convenient ways possible. The question this raises is, "What kind of hair restoration surgery is right for me?" There are a number of different kinds, each with its own risks and benefits. Only you and your cosmetic surgeon can determine which one will best meet your needs.
Hair loss isn't just a "man thing," and it has little to nothing to do with a man's virility or sex drive. The reality is that 30 million women in the US suffer from some form of hereditary hair loss. While women are far less likely than men to go completely bald due to the increased estrogen levels in their bodies, this is not unheard of. By contrast, 50 million men suffer from hereditary hair loss. In many cases, diet, nutrition, or an underlying medical condition such as heart disease, hypothyroidism, or certain vitamin deficiencies can be linked to the loss. Treating these diseases can reverse hair loss in both genders.
However, if your hair loss is hereditary or other medical testing has revealed no signs of such disease, it is likely that you may be a candidate for hair restoration procedures. These procedures have the advantage of being long-lasting, with a high success rate and very low rate of complications. As with any other medical procedure, you should always consult your physician first and be sure to follow any and all preoperative and post-operative directions diligently. This will help maximize the benefits and results while minimizing the risks. At Strax Rejuvenation, there are two common types of hair restoration procedure the surgeons perform for our clients.
The first kind of hair restoration is known as F.U.E., or follicular unit extraction. Each follicular unit consists of a tiny muscle, the roots of the hair follicle, and from one to four distinct hairs. These units are extracted from an area of healthy growth and implanted where the hair has been lost. The idea behind this surgery is a greater efficacy of treatment, with virtually no concerns about rejection of the implanted hair.
The problems, however, are that if a sharp implement is used, the root bulbs of the hair could be severed or transected (cut through) during the procedure. For this reason, a dull punch is commonly used by the surgeons eliminating this concern. Another problem is the tedious nature of the procedure. A surgeon can commonly implant only 500-600 follicular units in a sitting, which can make the process lengthy. There is typically some minor scarring, usually in tiny white bumps or discs. These scars are frequently invisible after the hair grows in.
The other kind is known as strip excision. In this procedure, a strip of hair-bearing skin is taken from an area of healthy hair growth. Usually this is the back of the head or nape of the neck. The incision this leaves is sutured shut with surgical stitches, resulting in a tiny, hard to detect scar once the hair grows out. Then the follicles are harvested from the strip as with the follicular unit extraction and implanted.
Because of the large number of hairs which can be harvested at one time in a strip harvesting operation and the time it saves on having to collect each one individually, strip excision is the most popular and least expensive way to rejuvenate hair, costing only about half of what an F.U.E. would. However, the strip excision does have the rare possibility of leaving one long, linear scar as opposed to a number of tiny scars that would be harder to see.
If you've tried everything and are still losing your hair, it is likely that hair restoration may be the solution you've been looking for. Instead of hiding under a wig or spending a fortune on shampoos and tonics that don't treat your particular problem, call today for a free consultation with Dr. Paul J. Reilly, MD, FAAFP, Strax Rejuvenation's Doctor of the Month! There's no need to live with the embarrassment and self-consciousness that losing one's hair can cause, even though generally it's not the patient's fault. At Strax Rejuvenation, we believe we have the best and most highly trained staff in Florida to help with your hair-loss and all your other cosmetic surgery needs. Just call us or email us for your free consultation today! 954.749.3040 Schedule a online appointment- click here-