What causes hair loss?The most common cause of hair loss is inheritance. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss only of those follicles which are sensitive. Currently there is no known method of stopping this type of hair loss. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. When applied incorrectly, permanent hair color and chemical relaxers damage the hair and follicle to the extent that hair loss can be permanent. Causes of hair loss do not include wearing a hat, excessive shampooing, lack of blood flow, or clogged pores. Traction on hair (beading etc) can cause permanent hair loss in areas pulled too tight.
What can be expected after hair restoration surgery?The post-operative course will depend on adherence to the instructions given after surgery. Small scabs will form on the scalp at the graft sites. Generally speaking, these scabs disappear in 4-7 days. Shampooing can be resumed 24 hours after surgery. The suture (stitch) used in the donor area is undetectable as it is completely covered by your existing hair. The sutures dissolve by themselves. It is advisable to take at least two days off work after surgery. A baseball type cap can be worn at anytime after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for at least five days after surgery. Typically the grafted hair will shed in 2-4 weeks. New growth will begin in 3-4 months and length will increase approximately 1/2 inch per month.
Are hair transplants expensive?Hair transplantation is more expensive than a hair piece or some alternative treatments. However considering that the results are permanent, most people consider it a good investment in their future happiness.
How many sessions will be required?The number of the sessions will depend on the 1) area of scalp treated 2) the number and size of grafts used and 3 )the density which the patient desires 4) the individual characteristics of the patient, e.g. coarse hair will provide a more dense look than fine hair. The estimate of the number of sessions can be discussed during the consultation with your surgeon.
When can I go back to work?Depending on the type of procedure you have done and the type of work you do, it is often possible to go back to work the next day. Your hair restoration surgeon will discuss this with you during the consultation.
Do hair transplants really work?Yes. The transplanted hair that is not sensitive to testosterone is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains it’s own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, and curl, after transplantation and regrowth. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Originally, large circular grafts containing 15-20 hairs were transplanted resulting in noticeable and unnatural results. Over years, instruments and techniques have been developed that allow us to achieve truly natural results by transplanting small grafts very close together. We have found that hair grows from the scalp in groups of one, two, and three hair follicles. We transfer these groups of follicles after eliminating the excess surrounding fatty tissue. This allows the grafts to be placed closer together resulting in a denser and more natural result..
Are hair transplants painful?Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anesthetic is injected into the scalp. Once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain. If the numbing medicine wears off during the course of the procedure, more is injected to re-anesthetize the area.
What will it look like after the procedure?The grafts form small scabs in the days after the procedure. If one has enough surrounding hair, these scabs can be camouflaged with creative styling. If not, the small scabs may be visible but do not attract much attention. By keeping the scalp moist, the scabs usually come off in about a week or so.
Is this type of specialty a subspecialty of dermatology, and is it done as a fellowship post-residency?The field of hair restoration surgery (HRS) is made up of physicians from many backgrounds including dermatology, plastic surgery, general surgery, family practice, ENT, and many others. Unfortunately, training in HRS in the typical residency is rarely at the same level as is performed today. That is why post-graduate education in HRS is so important and why the ISHRS is so important today in educating those physicians wishing to practice this specialty. In addition, ISHRS offers post-residency fellowship training positions in several centers around the world.
What are stem cells?Stem cells are unspecialized cells that preserve and repair tissues. Stem cells have the ability to develop into various cell types. They can be found in various tissues such as the brain, bone marrow, blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin, fat and the liver.
There is more than one type of stem cell. The Hair Loss Recovery Program only uses Adult stem cells (from the stromal vascular fraction) that are derived from the patient’s own body fat which is most abundant.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Restoration?Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical, regenerative hair restoration treatment where a few ounces of fat are extracted from your abdomen or love handles, and then are put into a state of the art centrifuge to separate the stem cells from the fat cells.
Once separated, the stem cells are then injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
How Long Will It Take to See any Improvement?Results from the stem cell therapy depend on the type of hair loss you are experiencing and also vary for each individual. It may take several months to see an improvement. For the best result, we suggest 3 treatments that are 4 weeks apart.
Are Results Guaranteed?Each patient is different and results may vary, therefore we cannot guarantee results. Stem cell therapy as a whole has proved treatment practices for numerous medical disorders. Stem cell therapy is new in hair restoration and there are very few published materials available. However, stem cell therapy is autologous and safe.
Who Can Undergo Stem Cell Therapy Treatments for Hair Loss?Stem cell therapy treatments are better suited for those who are in the early stages of hair loss. It is a good alternative for men and women when hair transplantation is not desired or if not enough donor hair is available for hair transplantation.
Why should you choose us?The following are some of the reasons why you should choose The Hair Loss Recovery Program Inc. for image enhancement:
- EXPERIENCED AND INDUSTRY LEADING PHYSICIANS
- WELL TRAINED ONTARIO REGISTERED NURSES, HAIR TRANSPLANT & MEDICAL DEVICE REPROCESSING TECHNICIANS, INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL SPECIALISTS.
- FULLY ACCREDITED FACILITY BY THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIAN AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO
- PERSONALIZED CARE AND CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT PLAN TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
- TEAM DEVOTION TO ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS
- FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT
- COMFORTABLE SETTINGS
- AFFORDABLE RATES
- FLEXIBLE AND CONVENIENT APPOINTMENT HOURS
- BEFORE, DURING AND LONG AFTER PROCEDURE PATIENT CARE
- CONTACTABLE 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR FOR PATIENTS
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