- What Is Hair Loss?
Hair can be found on all parts of the body except the palms of our hands and soles of our feet. Each hair is made of keratin, a protein that is produced in hair follicles in our skin. Each strand of hair goes through different stages of growth, from active growth to the resting phase where it eventually falls out and a new hair grows in its place. We lose, on average, 100 strands of hair per day. There are many types of hair loss, or alopecia. With age, hair gradually thins as more hair follicles remain in the resting phase. Androgenic alopecia is the scientific name for male and female pattern baldness. In men, it can begin as soon as their teens. In women it is not usually noticeable until mid 40’s or later, starting at the crown of the head. There are several other types of hair loss which can be caused by certain medical conditions, hormones, genes, stress, illness, childbirth, drugs, x-rays, etc.
- Hair Treatment
There are several types of hair treatment for hair loss. Hair transplantation is one way to permanently move hair from a thicker area to a balding area of the head. It is done by extracting groups of 1 to 4 hair follicles and implanting them in another area. The Automated Follicle Unit Extraction method of hair treatment offers a quick, automated method, which is painless and the patient may be alert during the entire procedure. This type of hair treatment has a very quick recovery time, usually next day, since it is minimally invasive. Since the device is much more precise than previous methods using forceps, the results are more natural. Full hair growth usually takes about 9 to 12 months. The Automated Follicle Unit Extraction hair treatment procedure is much safer and more effective than previous traditional hair transplant methods, and skin lifts and grafts and is quickly becoming the new “Gold Standard” for hair transplant procedures.
- Hair Growth
Hair growth is found on almost every part of the body, to provide warmth and protection. There are three stages of hair growth and each strand of hair is in a different stage. In the anogen phase, the hair begins in the papilla where it is buried in the dermal layer of the skin to receive nourishment and the cells divide to produce new hair fibers. During the transitional phase, called the catagen phase, the hair follicle reduces in size and the hair strand is cut off from the blood supply. The resting phase, called the telogen phase, is when the hair follicle stops growing the hair, remaining in a dormant state for 1-4 months. Once this phase is complete, the previous hair strand is pushed out by the new hair strand. All hair on the body goes through these phases, whether it is the fine, light vellus hair or thicker androgenic hair.
- Hair Transplant
For a thicker, fuller head of hair, people have been turning to hair transplants since the 1950s. A hair transplant involves removing hair from one thicker area of hair to a thinning or bald area. The traditional method of hair transplant involves using a scalpel to remove a 3 to 4-inch strip of hair, stitching the area closed, dividing the strip into individual or small groups of hair follicles and implanting them to the balding areas. With the new, non-invasive Automated Follicle Unit Extraction Method, many of the drawbacks of traditional hair transplant have been eliminated. This innovative hair transplant process is a follicular unit extraction method that uses a machine with precise, automated movements to minimize damage to the follicles and decrease procedure time. No sutures are needed, there is no scarring, and recovery time is literally next-day.
- Hair Restoration
For men and women with balding areas, alopecia areata, or hair loss due to radiation treatment, trauma or burn, there are hair restoration options for head, eyebrows, and other areas of the body. The most common hair restoration method is called Follicular Unit Extraction and Transplantation. In this method, hair follicles are extracted from the back of the head where hair is the fullest, and transplanted into the balding areas. Balance Hair Restoration uses Automated Follicle Unit Extraction which is much quicker and less invasive than other methods. The doctor uses a machine to create precise follicle extractions which are then stored in a collection canister and protected with sterile saline until they are ready to be transplanted into the recipient area. Because this procedure is non-invasive, requires no sutures and produces no scarring, recovery time is next day. Full hair growth may be experienced in 6-9 months.
- Hair Loss For Women
Unlike men, whose hair loss is usually cause by hereditary male pattern baldness, hair loss in women can have a variety of causes. Doctors often perform blood tests and other tests to help determine the cause of hair loss in women. They may test hormone, iron, and thyroid levels, complete a scalp biopsy, perform a hair strand pull test, or densitometry test to check for miniaturization of the hair shaft. Balance Hair Restoration uses the Automated Follicle Unit Extraction method of hair transplantation to treat hair loss in women using a minimally invasive, automated procedure. It can be used for hair loss on the head, eyebrows, or other areas of the body. Automated Follicle Unit Extraction requires no sutures since it uses a precise machine to extract one hair follicle at a time. Full hair growth is expected between 6 to 9 months. We have experience repairing and thickening eyebrows for a thick natural appearance.
- Automated Follicle Unit Extraction
Balance Hair Restoration uses the Automated Follicle Unit Extraction method of hair transplantation to treat hair loss using a minimally invasive, automated procedure. It can be used for hair loss on the head, eyebrows, or other areas of the body. The recipient sites are created with the same dimensions as the extracted follicles to ensure a smooth level surface and to prevent ingrown or exposed follicles. Recovery is next day and full hair growth is expected between 6 to 9 months.
- Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata, sometimes called spot baldness, is a condition where one’s body mistakenly attacks its own hair follicles, causing bald spots, usually on the scalp but other places as well. In some cases, clumps of hair fall out leaving bald spots and in others the hair simply becomes thinner. It is not a permanent condition and often hair will grow back in one area and fall out in another. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder which may be hereditary. In cases of severe hair loss, other creams and corticosteroids may not be effective and the condition may need to be treated by a hair transplant. For Alopecia Areata patients, we are offering stromal vascular fraction(rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors) deployment in an effort to immune-modulate and allow hair regrowth.
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