During medical school, while doing clinical work in family and internal medicine, I became increasingly aware of the impact that hair loss was having on the patients I was helping take care of.
Hair loss, whether in men or women, can have a devastating effect on confidence. In turn, many people, upon losing their hair, begin to “give up” on other parts of their mental, internal, and external health. I have seen so many people get depressed, quit going to the gym, gain wait, and suffer with their interpersonal relationships as they shed their hair.
It was at this point that I became interested in treating hair loss. As I researched and became increasingly educated about treating hair loss, I realized – There is no reason to suffer from hair loss! Since this point, I have treated thousands of patients for hair loss.
As opposed to one hundred, or even twenty years ago, hair loss treatment options now actually work. Patients suffering hair loss can actually get treatment which results in natural looking hair.
To me, there is nothing more rewarding than the hundreds of men and women who have thanked me for their hair restoration results. Whether this was medical or surgical hair restoration – it is very satisfying for me as a physician to see someone’s self-confidence improve. I explain it to a domino-effect: my patients get more hair, their self confidence improves, they exercise more, and they eventually become more healthy both internally and externally.
What are the options to fix hair loss?
It really depends. I wish I had a more straightforward answer, but until I can see and evaluate a patient, I can’t say with confidence what the best option is.
In many cases, the best option is medical. A medication, Finasteride, has been proven to be effective in hair loss. This is a prescription medication and requires a physician evaluation prior to prescription. I have spent dozens of hours researching the best medical options, and have formulated the best medical hair loss solution available. This solution includes prescription and non-prescription treatments.
In some cases, people are not ideal candidates for medical hair restoration. For example, men or women with advanced balding are not ideal candidates for medical hair restoration. Nor are women who seek eyebrow restoration, or men who seek beard or mustache enhancement. In these cases, surgery is the best option. We offer both FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
What is FUT?
FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation. This procedure became very popular within the past few decades. An FUT, as described in literature and as practiced today, involves a strip of scalp being removed from the back of the head. The strip of scalp is then micro-dissected into follicular units. These “follicular units” are groups of hair that grow together naturally, typically a follicular unit is between one and five hairs. These follicular units are then taken one at a time and transplanted onto the top of the head. As opposed to previous techniques (remember plugs? They look like doll hair?) the follicular units create a very, very natural appearance when transplanted. Good surgeons will put the single follicular units on the hairline and use the “groups” (doubles, triples, quadruples, etc) as they build the hairline backwards toward the crown. FUT, while a revolutionary technique, has a few major drawbacks.
First, an FUT, as described in the current medical community, is a strip of scalp dissected from the back of the head. In all cases, this leads to a linear (straight) scar. If you are told otherwise, don’t believe it. It always leaves noticeable scar. Some are barely noticeable, some are very noticeable. Despite the skill of your surgeon, you may end up with one of these scars, depending on how YOU heal.
What is an FUE?
The FUE took a page from the FUT (the strip method) and a page from the old plug method. In the old plug method, surgeons would remove large “plugs” from the back of the head. The plugs so large that when transplanted, they formed large groups of hair on the top of the head that appear unnatural. Many people described them as “doll’s hair,” which is to say, that the hair looks like large plugs of unnatural appearing hair. Worse, plugs would often leave cobblestoning, or the appearance of cobblestone on the head.
FUE integrates the beauty of the FUT, which is breaking down the hair to the natural follicular unit (between 1-5 hairs per graft), and the “plug.” The single advantage of the plug was avoiding that nasty linear scar. And in the case of the FUE, it does even better, as the donor scars are so small that they are rarely even noticeable. At the same time, the FUE manages to replicate the authentic beauty of the FUT grafts, and in many cases, it improves upon it.
What results can I expect?
Everyone is different. Not all people are ideal candidates for hair restoration treatment – not even medical treatment. But most people have a good chance of improving their appearance with some type of hair treatment.
Every person should take advantage of a free consultation with us to see what their options are.
Hair loss can be devastating. Some people can shave the hair off and wear it with pride, but these people are the minority.
Most people can benefit from having the appearance of fuller, thicker, healthier hair. Whether this achieved by medical or surgical treatment, self-confidence will improve with better hair.
A quick, free consultation is all it takes.