Face it, men… and some women. Once you’re born, you’re on your way towards an adult life of thinning hair, receding hairlines, or all-out male pattern baldness. Who are the hair loss “villains”? Genes, hormones, environmental stress plus myriad “unknowns”. Reliable fixes? Few and far between, yet the new class of hair transplant procedure and even digital technology applications, such as laser restoration offer thick-hair possibilities.
Doing The Possible – Hair Plugs. “Begging from Paul to pay Peter” underscores the strategy for restoration surgery utilizing your own hair! Hair plugs, or discrete bundles of follicles… from 5 to 50 follicles in a cluster… are “harvested” from thick healthy hair areas such in the back of the head near the neck. Using a laser or fine scalpel for incision, the hair restoration surgeon carefully re-locates your hair plug into the thinning or bald area.
* Getting A True Natural Look – Limits Of Older Hair Plug Techniques. Prior plug technologies delivered hair to a balding site. However, the look could do more harm than good, when the hair began to sprout at opposing angles, or lay in ways that could be easily and embarrassingly noticed.
Follicular Transplant For A Subtle Smooth Look. Despite the hair plug past marvels of moving hair about our bodies, and hang the consequences, fortunate contemporary men and women in the 21st century receive hair transplant surgery that rival Mother Nature.
* Harnessing Hair’s Natural Growth Cycles. Hair, by its nature, grows in cycles or phases. At any point in time, about 10% or more of your hair is in a “resting phase”, dormant and not growing. Follicles, all rich, strong and springy during youth naturally lose their youthful joi de vivre… plus follicles shrink and fall out.
* Harvesting Tiny 3-Follicle Natural Clustered “Units”. Hair naturally crops in single or multiple follicle combinations. So, if you want a truly “natural” look, then the follicular unit transplant is as close to Mother nature as restoration can get.
What Improves Success Rates Of Hair Restoration Surgery? Overall patient health… reducing stress… intervening proactively at the first signs of female hair loss or male pattern baldness signs… genetics… age and hormone levels all play contributing factors.
* Sex Hormones, Age And Hair Restoration. For many men, “maturity” introduces more than simply mortgage payments, kids’ soccer games and retirement planning. Hair loss, science discovers, reflects the wonderful hormonal complexity of the human body. The Usual Suspect, male testosterone, turns out to be… in its modified form of DHT (dihydrotestosterone)… an absolute killer of follicles. Here’s what’s happening “just below the surface”. Aging produces thinner hair, weakened follicles and age-related enzymes like reductase which are the culprits in DHT formation which sensitive follicles absorb… to their detriment.
* Hair’s “Resting Phase” And Aging. When we’re young, hair positively bursts with continuous growth… a wee part of the time hair rests in a healthful dormancy… offset by strong vibrant growth phases which dominate our body clocks. However… aging reduces the “growth” phase and increases the “rest” phase! Result? Less growth, less hair, thinner weakened follicles, dying and dropping-out hair follicles of over 100 per day.
New Hair Grow Technology – Low Laser Light Therapy. Laser, when applied to hair restoration surgery, creates a safe controlled incision-and-seal of the hair transplant area. Curiously, tuned low and in just the right energy frequencies, low light laser therapy is also showing a therapeutic hair growth potential, where targeted low level laser light can be beamed at an angle to the depth of follicles. Results? While not conclusive, and not translatable to every one, low level laser light therapy holds interesting promise, and adaptive possibilities into the future.
Bottom Line: Thick, full hair replaced by thinning or “gone” hair may be the bane of middle aged women and men, but not necessarily a “show stopper”. The body’s natural patterns are being blunted by estoration surgery, follicular unit transplants, hormone re-balancing and even low light laser therapy to stimulate follicle activity. Please go to the following links for up-to-date information.