People actually shed about 100 hairs every day. Since new hair growth occurs at the same time, this typically does not cause balding or thinning of the scalp hairs. Such hair loss occurs only when the patient in North Attleboro loses more hair than their body is replacing.
There are several types of hair loss, and they have different causes. Our first step in treating hair loss will be to determine the type and cause. The most common type of hair loss is male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It runs in some families and develops as the patient ages. As the name suggests, the patient loses their hair in characteristic patterns. Men develop the well-known receding hairline and a bald spot, while women develop thinning hair and a widening part.
How is Hair Loss Treated?
There are many ways to treat hair loss. Just some of the choices offered at New England Center For Hair Restoration include:
• Hair transplants
• Laser hair therapy
• Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
• Topical treatments
What Does a Hair Transplant Involve?
There are two types of hair transplants: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). The latter is sometimes also called “strip surgery.”
In both procedures, the doctor will collect hair follicles from a site where the patient still has a lot of hair and transplant them to where they are needed. In FUE, the doctor uses a device that punches small, round holes in the patient’s scalp and extracts “follicular units” that include anywhere from one to four hairs. In FUT, the doctor removes a strip of tissue containing the desired hair follicles from the back of the patient’s head.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
This is considered a true hair growth treatment, as it stimulates the actual growth of the hair. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a solution that contains two components of the patient’s blood. Both plasma and platelets promote healing, and doctors first began using PRP to treat joint injuries. We draw the patient’s blood and put it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and the plasma from the other components. The PRP is then injected into the places where the patient’s hair is thinnest.
Learn more about your hair growth treatment options by scheduling a consultation at New England Center For Hair Restoration, located in Westwood and North Attleboro. Contact us today for a consultation.