Hair loss affects both women and men alike, and Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz offers several solutions that can help slow its progression and restore a full head of healthy hair. Technology has advanced significantly in recent years, and today’s hair-restoration options offer natural looking results. The first step when seeing a patient interested in hair restoration is determining the cause of their hair thinning or loss, which can usually be done quickly and accurately during the initial consultation with Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz. In some cases, he may recommend bloodwork, scalp biopsy, and/or additional diagnostic tests to confirm that hair loss is not caused by an underlying medical condition.
Hair-restoration treatments and procedures can improve:
Male-pattern hair loss: Thinning or balding along the hairline or on the crown of the head
Female-pattern hair loss: A widening of the part or overall diffuse thinning
Thin, sparse eyebrows caused by overplucking or the natural aging process
Uneven or non-existent facial hair in areas such as the cheeks, sideburns, upper lip and chin
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation: This advanced hair restoration technique harvests follicular units one by one from the same donor area (usually the back of the head) before they are grafted to balding or thinning areas. Unlike hair transplants of the past, this modern technique does not require a large incision. Depending on the size of the area being treated, as many as 3,000 grafts (with one to four hairs each) can be performed during one session. There is minimal downtime associated with FUE, and patients who undergo the procedure on a Thursday can usually be back to work on Monday. Recovery is relatively easy as well.
It’s common for a small percentage of the grafts to fall out within the first two weeks after FUE, and other treatments that help promote hair growth can be started after one month. After two to three months, the transplanted hairs begin to grow naturally on their own, and patients generally have enough “new” hair that can be styled after six months. Ninety to 95 percent of the full results are visible after one year. In more advanced cases of hair loss, a second FUE procedure may be performed nine to 12 months after the initial treatment.
Eyebrow transplantation: The same FUE technique used for the scalp can be used to restore the shape and density of the eyebrows as well. However, it’s important to keep in mind that natural eyebrows only grow to a certain length, so hairs transplanted from another area of the body may need to be trimmed regularly. Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz often controls the texture and length of transplanted hairs by harvesting from areas such as the nape of the neck or even the legs.
Facial hair transplantation: FUE techniques can also be used to add hair to areas where facial hair growth is thin or missing altogether. Ideal for men who want a full, even beard, goatee or moustache, facial hair transplantation can also restore hair growth to conceal acne scars, burns and other injuries
Scalp micropigmentation: A form of semi-permanent tattooing, scalp micropigmentation creates the illusion of fuller, thicker hair by filling in sparse areas with “dots” of that blend in with the natural hair. Several treatments spaced a few weeks apart may be necessary to achieve optimal outcomes, and it’s important to know that micropigmentation fades over time, so the treatment may need to be repeated every three to five years depending on how quickly your skin naturally exfoliates.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): The platelet-rich plasma procedure involves drawing a patient’s blood, processing it to isolate the most beneficial growth factors and proteins, and injecting them into the scalp in order to stimulate the hair follicles and prolonging the growth phase of the hair cycle. Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz generally recommends three treatments spaced one month apart followed by maintenance treatments every three to six months.
Medical hair loss treatments: There are several topical products and supplements that can be used on their own or in conjunction with other hair-restoration treatments to promote healthy hair growth. These include topical prescribed medications that contain minoxidil, oral medications such as finasteride or natural supplements such as Nutrafol.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT): This painless, at-home light-based treatment can be used to enhance the results of other hair-restoration treatments. Often recommended along with PRP and/or topical medications, these safe, easy-to-use devices have been shown to help stimulate hair growth, decrease shedding and increase the diameter of new hairs.
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