Hair loss is primarily caused by a combination of aging, a change in hormones, and a family history of baldness. As a rule, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become. Hair loss can also be caused by burns or trauma, in which case hair replacement surgery is considered a reconstructive treatment, and may be covered by health insurance.
If you and your doctor have determined that hair transplants are the best option for you, you can feel comfortable knowing that board certified plastic surgeons have been successfully performing this type of procedure for more than thirty years.
If you're considering hair replacement surgery, this brochure will give you a basic understanding of the variety of procedures involved. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Ask your surgeon if there is anything you don't understand about the procedure you plan to have.
Baldness is often blamed on poor circulation to the scalp, vitamin deficiencies, dandruff, and even excessive hat wearing. All of these theories have been disproved. It's also untrue that hair loss can be determined by looking at your maternal grandfather, or that 40 year old men who haven't lost their hair will never lose it.
Finding the right solution can be one of the most important decisions of your life. Because it not only affects your appearance, but it also affects how you view yourself, how you look at life and how others view you.
Men's hair loss options and solutions have changed greatly over the past several years. Male pattern baldness can be corrected with appropriate replacement or restoration solutions; ranging from non-surgical hair replacement, laser hair therapy, certain topical hair loss products such as DHT Sensor, or hair transplants.
There are a wide variety of options for men suffering from the devastating effects of thinning hair and baldness.
* Non-Surgical Hair Replacement:
Men's hair replacement systems and additions have the ability to simulate a true natural appearance while offering the client a significant increase in overall hair density. Sensigraft, Transitions revolutionary non-surgical hair replacement technology, is an entirely new innovation in restoration brought to you by Transitions research teams it is to hair restoration what the contact lens was for eyeglasses.
* Laser Hair Therapy:
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration in the USA) has recently approved certain lasers as a proven agent of promoting hair growth in males suffering male pattern baldness. At Transitions we utilize the latest, state of the art hair lasers to generate the best results for you.
* Medical Therapy:
Rogaine (topical minoxidil). Rogaine is the only FDA approved medication currently available.
* Hair Transplant Surgery:
Surgical transplants have gained popularity recently due to the advent of micro grafting that helps to create a natural hairline. Hair transplant surgery is recommended for patients with moderate hair replacement needs.
Some doctors estimate that one in five women will experience some degree of hair loss usually caused by aging, illness, or hormonal changes after menopause. Women tend to experience a subtle thinning all over the scalp rather than losing hair in patches as is common in men. To correct the problem, some women choose to wear a wig or hair extensions. Others have had some success using a topical prescriptive drug. The effectiveness of such drugs varies in some patients and simply prevents further hair loss without stimulating any appreciable new growth. Hair replacement surgery may be the answer for those who feel uncomfortable with either of these options.
Because mini grafts are usually the surgical treatment of choice for filling in thinning areas, good candidates for this procedure should have dense hair growth at the back of the head. Mini grafts are harvested from this dense area and replanted in thinning areas to create a fuller look. Occasionally flap and tissue expansion procedures may be used if the individual is judged to
be a good candidate.
Hair loss is a circumstance that literally affects millions of men and women in the United States, as well as across the globe. While female hair loss may not be as apparent as male pattern baldness, there are a number of different hair loss causes and corresponding hair restoration remedies available to women. In some cases, the conditions that cause female hair loss can be
treated with a doctor prescribed medication, preventing further hair loss. For males, hair loss treatment options include hair restoration products and medical hair restoration.
While there are a multitude of products purporting to be the next "hair loss cure," there are only two FDA approved, non-surgical hair restoration treatments available. Rogaine® (minoxidil) and Propecia® (finasteride). These two products can be effective in hair loss prevention, and may even help to regrow hair for some men. However, once you start using Rogaine® or Propecia®, you must continue to use these products indefinitely, otherwise any new hair will fall out. Fortunately, there are other, more permanent treatments available to improve the appearance of thinning hair.