What Are The Types Of Hair Restoration Treatments?
What You Need to Know Before Making an Appointment
By age 35, approximately two-thirds of men will have experienced some level of hair loss. By the age of 50, that number rises to 85%.
And men aren’t the only ones who experience this; approximately 40% of women have visible hair loss by the age of 40.
Luckily for those experiencing hair loss, hair restoration technology has advanced considerably in the past few decades. These days, there are many solutions that deliver real, noticeable results.
Time and again, we’ve seen each of these procedures restore confidence and change lives.
Here’s an overview of some of the most popular and effective treatments, and how they work.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
With this method, hair follicles are extracted from areas of the scalp where hair is thickest, and transplanted to areas where it’s thinning.
Unlike older methods, this does not involve surgically removing a piece of scalp. It’s less invasive, with no linear scarring and minimal recovery time.
However, it does require shaving a section of scalp, and many people choose to shave their whole heads to even things out.
It generally takes about three months after the procedure for the new hair follicles to grow in.
FUE has a lot of benefits, but it comes with a big drawback for a lot of people: you have to shave your head.
Unfortunately, there’s still some stigma surrounding both hair loss and hair restoration, and many people who want their fullest natural hair restored also don’t want anyone to know they’ve had the procedure.
That’s difficult when you have to shave your head.
That’s where Shaveless FUE comes in. As with traditional FUE, hair follicles are carefully extracted from parts of the scalp where the hair grows thickest, and then reinserted in thinning areas.
But with Shaveless FUE, your existing hair is left in place.
After the procedure, patients can style their existing hair to conceal the minimal bumps and swelling that result with this process. That usually subsides within a few days, and most of our patients resume their work and social life in two or three days after the procedure.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
This is a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive treatment that uses the body’s natural healing ability to restore hair growth. It’s often the preferred solution for those who have health conditions that rule out other types of hair restoration.
Platelets are a type of cell found in your blood. When you have a cut, platelets congregate at the site to stop bleeding and start the healing process.
To create platelet-rich plasma, a doctor takes a blood sample from your arm and puts it through a centrifuge, which separates out different components of the blood. Platelets are harvested from the sample and injected into areas of the scalp where hair is thinning.
This method has been game-changing for hair loss. It’s been shown to strengthen existing hair follicles, restore thickness to shrunken hair shafts, activate dormant follicles, and promote blood flow.
At North Atlanta Hair Restoration, we use a highly concentrated form of PRP that achieves better, thicker hair growth than the standard technique.
Most people need several PRP treatments to achieve optimal results. The normal frequency is once every three months.
With our super-concentrated technique, you’ll only need to come in every 18 months to 2 years.
The other benefit to this technique is that there’s virtually no recovery time.
Some patients notice minimal swelling or redness directly after a procedure, but in general it’s practically invisible and you can even shower and shampoo as normal right afterwards.
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
This innovative approach involves placing tiny, medical-grade tattoo dots just beneath the skin on areas of the scalp where the hair is thinning.
This gives the appearance of thicker hair, without the need for a more invasive procedure.
This procedure has virtually no recovery time. People often return to their normal lives the day after the procedure. It delivers results immediately, without the need to wait for new hair to grow in.
Scalp micropigmentation can deliver great results on its own, but it’s also frequently used in conjunction with transplant procedures to give the hair an even thicker appearance. It can also be very effective in concealing scars and scalp defects where hair has difficulty growing.
Interested in Hair Restoration? We Can Help
Not sure which solution is right for you? Ask a doctor at the forefront of hair restoration technology and best practice.
During your free, confidential consultation, Dr. Danyo will speak with you personally, evaluate your hair loss, and help you decide which treatment is right for you.
You don’t have to live with thinning hair. Schedule a conversation with Dr. Danyo today and start the process of restoring your hair.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo, MD is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo, MD performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.