The Roots of Happiness
How to Handle Hair Loss
What do James Bond, Bruce Wayne, Don Draper, and most stereotypical male protagonist have in common? Great hair!
Why Hair Matters
In our society, hair matters. You aren’t the only one that is sensitive about your hair! See what these men have to say about their famous follicles.
Christopher Walken has been known to give his hair some serious recognition, saying, "My hair was famous before I was."1
The fearless Jet Li obviously has one weakness, his hair! He has proclaimed, "You can beat me up, but don’t touch my hair. I will kill you!"2
“Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he’s got it all.” Some philosophical insight from the always quaffed, James Brown.3
Did You Know?
It’s completely normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day, so don’t fret every time you see a loose hair or two.4 However, 50% of hair will be lost before thinning becomes visibly noticeable.5 This is why hair restoration must often cover a large area.
First and foremost, you’re not the only one suffering from hair loss! 1 in 4 men will experience some degree of baldness by the age of 21. By the age of 35, hair loss affects 2 out of 3 men. By the age of 50, hair loss is prevalent among 8 out of 10 men!6
Multiple contributing factors can lead to hair loss. The most prevalent cause is hereditary (and it’s not just from your mother, as previously believed!) Approximately 50 million American men are affected by hereditary hair loss.7 Hair loss can also occur due to illness, malnutrition, certain medications (as seen with most chemotherapy patients), and other contributing factors.8
There Is Hope! Hair Hope!
Hair restoration has improved in leaps and bounds. Men are no longer tethered to unnatural looking hair pieces or condemned to a life of wearing hats. There is not one, but three major types of hair restoration treatment.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)9
FUT is commonly referred to as the "strip method."
Hair grows in clusters of 2, 3, and sometimes 4 individual follicles.
A certified specialist will remove these units (donor units) from a non-affected region of the scalp in strips (hence the name).
FUT treatment requires multiple sessions to cover a significant amount of area and results in significant scarring.
This treatment is not ideal for men who prefer short haircuts as the scarring will be visible.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)10
FUE is an improvement on the FUT method.
Follicular units are extracted individually, resulting in smaller, less visible scars.
The units are removed individually, rather than in long strips, the procedure takes much longer and is less cost effective.
Additionally, the donor units have a much lower survival rate than in the strip method. In short, FUE costs approximately 50% more per graft!
Neograft Automated FUE
Neograft has automated the FUE procedure, providing a solution for all of the negative aspects of FUE treatment.
Neograft is the most minimally invasive option with no incisions, no sutures, and no scarring.
Extraction time is significantly lower.
Neograft is the least painful option for hair restoration.
With this automated technique, there is no pulling or twisting, which results in less damage to the follicular unit, and a higher survival rate for each donor unit.11
Not only does this option require the shortest amount of recovery time, but it covers the largest area in one session!
100 grafts is equivalent to a square centimeter on an average scalp. Each Neograft session covers approximately 2,500 grafts, equating to 250 cm of scalp covered.12
Neograft is the most cost effective, least painful, and has the shortest recovery time!13
Am I a Good Candidate for Neograft?
If you have questions about your hair loss, get answers! Schedule a consultation today with Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, who has more than a decade of experience in hair restoration.