Hair Transplantation: Surgical Treatments
Both male and female patients who suffer from any kind of hair loss understand the shame and embarrassment that goes with it. More so than any kind of facial imperfections, the loss of one’s hair can translate to a lower self-esteem, lack of confidence and self-consciousness that extends beyond the mirror. Having a lot of hair is an envy of many, as the acceptance of society is often based on a perception that the amount of hair thickness is a hallmark of youth. Not only does your hair protect your head from the weather, such as UV rays, cold, or wind, it also becomes your signature style.
For those suffering from hair loss, there is more than one solution. Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso sees hundreds of patients every year that may be looking into a remedy for hair loss. We offer both non-surgical and surgical procedures and treatments, depending on an individual’s goals, budget and how much hair loss they have experienced.
The fact is that out of roughly five million hair follicles on your head, only a hundred thousand of them are located on your scalp. Things that predict whether or not you will have a lot, or a little hair loss, are largely dependent upon your DNA, body type, diet, lifestyle and other factors. Blondes typically have a higher hair follicle count, while brunettes and red headed people have fewer hair follicles as part of their genetic makeup.
On average, humans shed twenty-five to a hundred hairs daily, which is normal. However, when the body fails to produce more new hair growth than the rate of shedding, this is known as alopecia, which is just a medical term for hair loss and is mostly linked to genetics. Both male and females can suffer from hair loss, although it is a quality that is experienced more often by males than females. If baldness runs in the family, then you may have a higher chance of inheriting the “baldness” or hair loss gene.
Male Hair Loss
There are many great options for men to combat hair loss. Southwest Plastic Surgery offers four primary hair transplantation options for men. Dr. Humberto Palladino will confer with you in a confidential setting to discuss your goals to overcome hair loss. Based upon your needs and individual budget, time constraints or desired outcome, he can come up with a best solution for male hair loss in El Paso, TX and throughout the Southwest region.
FUT: The first is called the “Strip Method” which is a nickname for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). This is when grafts are harvested manually, one-by-one and then repositioned to the top of your head, using pin-sized punches. The grafts are virtually scarless and heal quickly, with an 80% regrowth rate for men. With the strip method, the regrowth rate can increase to 90%, which is very promising for men who have lost a lot of hair. Although this procedure is more expensive than non-surgical hair transplant methods, it runs the highest rate of success and offers a high satisfaction rating among patients.
FUE: Your hair is extracted in meticulous detail, one-by-one. This is considered one of the top methods of hair transplantation, as it does not leave any scars, nor visible lines. It is virtually undetectable, making it highly desirable for men and women with thinning hair. FUE stands for “Follicular Unit Extract” which accurately describes this method. The main advantage is that it is less invasive and avoids a donor site incision, while enabling the patient to cut your hair shorter (or even shave it), without seeing a scar or line thereafter.
PRP: A second solution is cell therapy or platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is a technique that takes your own blood and is applied to the scalp through tiny injections, which increase the blood flow and revive dormant hair cells. Although this can be done either solo or as part of a hair transplant surgery, the PRP does speed up the healing process, by promoting new regrowth quickly. Visit the PRP page
Laser Therapy: This hands-free solution uses laser light to reactivate hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the areas affected by hair loss. It works by encouraging protein synthesis for men who have experienced more-than-average hair shedding on top of their head. This is a newer method that really works and is typically offered as a package that includes multiple sessions to accomplish. The only downside is that – unlike the PRP, FUT, or FUE hair transplant solutions – the patient will be required to come back over the course of six months to a year until the desired outcome is achieved. For busy men, this might not be as convenient as a surgical hair transplant procedure, but laser light therapy does offer a high success rate of over 80% of men showing a decrease in hair loss, with nearly half of them reporting thicker hair in the new growth. Get in depth with Laser Therapy.
Female Hair Loss
Women are not immune from hair loss and may experience hair loss due to a number of reasons. Some can be linked to the aging process, while others may associate hair loss with pregnancy, postpartum stress, menopause, anemia, thyroid problems, ovarian tumors, connective tissue disease or because of certain prescription medications.
Hair loss can be devastating for a woman’s self-esteem, as hair is considered a staple of beauty, youth, and societal acceptance. Whether the hair loss is temporary or permanent, it can be beneficial to seek cosmetic guidance for hair loss. Southwest Plastic Surgery offers a compassionate setting for women to talk to Dr. Humberto Palladino about the many options available to overcome or treat hair loss.
If you are a woman who has either temporary or permanent hair shedding, with more hair loss than growth, then talk to us today about hair transplant solutions for women.
Unlike men who suffer from androgenetic alopecia, women with the condition may have hair thinning all over their head, rather than developing a receding hairline. When the hair loss begins at a young age, it tends to progress throughout the aging process. Although some women opt for medications to treat alopecia, Southwest Plastic Surgery offers other cosmetic hair loss solutions in El Paso, Texas and beyond.
Women should also beware of other signs of hair loss, which could be linked to a more serious condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome. The other symptoms might include irregular menstruation, acne, and weight gain and may lead to infertility for some women with this condition.
Hair Transplant to Other Areas (BHT)
If you are wondering where the hair comes from to perform a hair transplant on top of your head, the answer is simple. Through “Body Hair Transplantation” (BHT), the more severe cases of hair loss may be able to source the hair from other body parts, such as the chest, arms, armpits, back, or legs. Although this is predominately a male-only procedure, the skill of BHT makes it possible for individuals with extreme baldness to overcome and reverse the problem.
Dr. Humberto Palladino takes hair from the donor area and fills in the patches of hair loss on the head. Using the FUE technique, the patients has a very high success rate and without missing a lot of their hair on the rest of their body. In order to do this, the patient must have a significant amount of hair on other parts of their physique. Dr. Palladino uses a precise formula to determine whether the patient is a suitable candidate for this type of hair transplantation in Texas and New Mexico.
Many people do not realize that hair transplants can also be performed for eyebrows, beards, sideburns and to hide scars. This is a great way to “fill in” any areas of hair loss.
Whether you are a woman or man who suffers from hair loss, Dr. Palladino can talk to you about a customized plan of action. Most patients who see him for hair transplantation solutions do have androgenetic alopecia (AGA), which is a progressive form of hair loss that is linked to genetics. For these men and women, there is nothing they can do to prevent hair loss; therefore hair transplantation is the only real solution.
Prior to doing anything, Dr. Palladino will make sure that a thorough evaluation is planned to cross off any other potential health conditions that could be the root of the hair loss. He will discuss your concerns in a private, confidential and comfortable setting. If you wish, he can also show you before and after treatment images, using a clever 3D Vectra Imaging System. Your comfort is our top priority.
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El Paso, TX 79925
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