Bellevue, WA – 13 July 2018 – The basic goal of hair restoration is to reduce hair loss while at the same time stimulating new follicle growth. Hair restoration options include various medications as well as surgical and nonsurgical techniques. Dr. Kass’s Seattle hair restoration guide also treats newer minimally invasive therapies such as low-level laser light, platelet-rich plasma, and stem cell treatments.
The two most widely used surgical hair restoration techniques are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). These two techniques are very similar, both involving removal of follicular units from a patient donor site and then grafting of those units onto a recipient site. Whichever option is chosen, FUT (single-strip excision the most common) or FUE, proper hair follicle extraction is critical for successful transplantation.
Common nonsurgical techniques are far less invasive and include medications like minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride that help slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. The problem with these medications, though, is that results are inconsistent, and there can also be adverse side effects.
One of the newer, groundbreaking hair restoration therapies is low-level laser therapy (LLLT), often used in conjunction with other restoration therapies. Although slow to produce results and expensive, LLLT has been clinically proven to “provide a significant difference in hair density without negative side effects.” During LLLT treatment, low-level laser light is applied directly to the patient’s scalp, hair cells absorb the laser light, and weak hair follicles are then reactivated, thus producing new growth.
Another one of these new therapies, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), is especially useful for those who have suffered recent hair loss and has been shown to restore previous hair growth. PRP therapy serves as an adjunctive therapy with other treatments and can produce visible improvements within three months. The platelet-rich plasma is derived from the patient’s own blood and contains a high concentration of platelets with growth factors that can help with hair regeneration. When this PRP is reintroduced into balding areas, patients can sometimes experience a 30% to 40% hair regrowth, often in just three months.
Stem cell hair restoration is similar to PRP therapy in that it is minimally invasive, utilizes growth factors, and yields results within a few months. This therapy, however, gets the stem cells and the growth factors from the patient’s adipose tissue after separation in a centrifuge. The stem cells thus obtained contain rejuvenating mesenchymal cells and the growth factors that can restore hair growth. The stem cells can regenerate both damaged and dormant hair follicles, as well as protecting against some hair thinning. This therapy is especially suited for those who are too young for surgical treatments.
Hair restoration in Seattle is a very personal matter and should involve a close examination of all the possible options. The ultimate goal is for people to feel better about themselves and their appearance and to have the confidence that comes with having a full head of hair. So, as Dr. Kass points out in her valuable hair restoration guide, it’s important for people to first examine all the possible options with the help of an experienced clinician in order to make the best decision for their unique situation. A qualified professional can also help with other important considerations like cost and length of treatment and possible side effects.
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