Although transplanted grafts are permanent, all things on the body are subject to the aging process. The transplanted hair will become finer and will turn gray with time, just as in the back of your scalp. Grafted hair is your own natural hair that will react and change with time just as the other hair on your head does.

Is a Hair Transplant the Right Choice for You?

Hair transplants can be effective treatments for permanent hair loss. But as with any procedure, it’s important to discuss your options and potential outcomes with your doctor.

Perhaps your doctor will recommend a hair loss medication as a first step, such as Propecia, to see what results, if any, are

achieved within six months.

In most cases, patients should wait until they are close to 25 years old to undergo a hair transplant. At that age, the hair loss pattern is more established. Younger patients may need revision surgeries later on to correct the hairline as more hair falls out.

Patients with diffuse pattern baldness can be candidates for hair transplants, depending on hair distribution. And yet additional procedures might be required to cover larger areas of thinning. Those with severe hair loss should not expect complete coverage from a hair transplant but may be able to restore their hairline and improve their appearance or grooming options.

Recovery Time of a Hair Transplant

The recovery time after a hair transplant is fairly short. After about a week, you can return to normal activities. The transplanted hairs will shed over time, but new hair will grow in its place from the transplanted follicles. On average, patients can expect to see about 60% new hair growth within 6-9 months in the affected area and about 90-100% around the 12 month mark. For the next 12 months after that, the hairs will gain thickness.

Hair transplants can be a permanent solution to your hair loss problem. Make an appointment today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discuss your options and to find out if now is the best time for you to get started.

 

Hair loss is like a sniper. It can strike without warning, and from almost anywhere. Not a very pretty way of looking at it, but it’s true.

What’s more, hair loss can come on “just like that” or more gradually – not just affecting your scalp, but potentially your whole body. And, as you no doubt already know, some types of hair loss and temporary while others are permanent.

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:

  • Aging takes its toll. The aging process is the leading cause of hair loss for both men and women.  In men, the process often begins with a receding hairline on the forehead, one that looks like the letter M. More than half of men 50 or older have signs of hair loss. It reaches 4 out of 5 men by age 70.
  • Immune system goes on offense. Sometimes your immune system can be your best friend, while it also can turn tail on you. Take, for example, when you begin noticing bald spots on your scalp about the size of a quarter. That may signify a medical condition known as alopecia areata. The process can begin from childhood on and stems from your immune system attacking your hair follicles, thus causing patches of hair to fall out. Your hair may grow back, but here’s no guarantee it will.
  • Physical or emotional shock. In this instance, hair starts falling out A physical or emotional shock is another common origin of hair loose. It starts with hair falling out when you wash or comb it – or even just gently tugging on it. But we’re not talking a few strands of hair here and there; we’re talking about handfuls at a time. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
  • Medical conditions or treatments. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back. Other medical conditions associated with hair loss include cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and heart problems.
  • Infections. Things like ringworm can create scaly patches on the scalp and bald spots. The hair usually grows back after treatment. Folliculitis is another hair-loss infection, but one that can be prevented. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria entering your skin through damaged hair follicles. And it’s things like shaving or plucking scalp hair wearing tight hats, and frequently touching your scalp that can cause it.

 

Now you know at least some of the causes of hair loss. And now you can learn about how DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can make you look like you again – the you with a full head of air. Click here to Request a Free Consultation Today.

image of a man's hairPlatelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy) is a non-surgical hair restoration procedure that has been shown to be effective in restoring quantity and volume of thinning hair. Male pattern baldness can successfully be treated with this therapy, but it is also suitable for both men and women who are experiencing thinning hair. Here are some of the details about this exciting therapy.

How Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Derived

In the human body, platelets are necessary for wound healing. Along with red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma, platelets are components of blood. When a vial of a person’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to remove the red and white cells, what’s left is concentrated platelet-rich plasma. This solution can be used to accelerate wound healing in many applications; uses abound in dentistry, orthopedic surgery, and skin rejuvenation, among other fields. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth and increase the fullness of hair.

How PRP Therapy Works

The hormones and growth factors found in platelet-rich plasma, including transforming growth factor (TGF) and epidermal growth factor (EGF), have been shown to stimulate hair growth. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic sites a study from 2014 in India where men with male-pattern baldness experienced 30 percent more growth in thinning areas after undergoing PRP Therapy sessions. The platelets and plasma are derived directly from a patient, typically taken from the arm, are activated, and are then injected under the scalp wherever hair growth is desired. Rejection is not an issue since the patient’s own blood is used to derive the products. The procedure is considered very safe, with no drug interactions to worry about. And, aside from a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site, there are no side effects associated with PRP Therapy. Within a few months, the treated hair follicles show signs of repair in the form of visible new hair growth.

Who Can Benefit From PRP Therapy

Good candidates for PRP Therapy are individuals with thinning hair, including hair loss at the top of the scalp as well as a receding hairline. It is also a beneficial therapy option for people with androgenetic alopecia. In some cases of hair loss, it may be helpful to combine PRP therapy with hair transplantation.

DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can answer your questions about hair restoration procedures. We’ve been at the forefront of the hair transplantation industry for over 20 years, with more than 10,000 hair transplant procedures successfully completed. We also offer laser therapy hair maintenance in addition to PRP therapy. Give us a call at 508-756-4247 to discuss your hair restoration options and schedule a free, private consultation.

Losing hair can be scary, especially when it happens suddenly and unexpectedly. While we typically hear more about hair loss in men, it happens almost as often in women. It’s important not to panic when a few extra strands fall out in the shower, as there are numerous causes for female hair loss.

Natural Causes

A woman looking up at her hair

Most of the time, thinning hair is hereditary. It’s common for women to gradually see a widening to their part in their 50s and 60s, although this could even happen in the teen years. Hormonal changes can also be a natural cause of thinning hair, especially as a result of the natural hormonal changes that occur from menopause. However, if it is determined that your hair loss is caused by hormonal changes, it is important to see a medical provider that could treat this imbalance. The most common hormonal imbalances that we see are an imbalance of Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH) or an excess of testosterone. The good news is that there are medications that can help stabilize these hormones.

Physical and Medical Issues

A thinning mane isn’t always caused by genes and hormones; sometimes there is a medical condition to blame. According to the Mayo Clinic, it could be indicative of a thyroid condition, auto-immune issue, pregnancy, or anemia. Skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis may also cause hair to fall out. In fact, anything that changes the hair’s growth cycle could be the culprit—that means medication, severe illness or infection, and even chemical exposure could play a role.

Sometimes people may experience hair loss as the side effect of a treatment. For example, chemotherapy can cause hair to fall out on the head and body, and sometimes other medications can have the same effect. Physical trauma, such as a severe illness or surgery, could also cause hair to fall out. Stress and emotional shock or trauma could also be to blame.

Self-Induced Hair Loss

Believe it or not, sometimes women cause their own hair to fall out! Certain hairstyles, like cornrows or tight braids, traumatize the hair, and it falls out as a result. Heated hair tools, like blow dryers and flat irons, as well as other treatments like harmful dyes and chemicals, have similar damaging effects. Even aggressive towel drying can damage the hair! Harmful hair products can be replaced with the Tricomin® hair care product line.

If you have noticed sudden or dramatic hair loss, schedule a checkup with your primary care physician to be sure that there’s no underlying medical issue. Then, call DiStefano Hair Restoration Center at (401) 736-8989 to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.

Hair transplant surgery has gained attention in recent years. Many folks like the idea of surgery that lasts but are unsure of the results associated with it. If you are experiencing hair loss and would like a permanent solution, here are three benefits to having hair transplant surgery.
Image of a before & after patient who received a hair transplant

Your Hair Will Look Natural

Among the benefits of having a hair transplant procedure is the ability to mimic hair naturally. Over 1,000 follicular units are transplanted in a single session, and sometimes up to 4,000 units. The hair loss restoration surgeon will then place hair follicles to match the surrounding hair, taking into consideration the angle at which the follicle should be placed for the most natural results.

Surgery Is Minimally Invasive

For a follicular unit transplant (FUT), a local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the scalp where donor hairs will be removed. While lying down on a surface much like a massage table, the initial removal and suturing should only take around an hour. During this time, you can even watch a movie and relax. Learn more about what to expect on the day of surgery.

The Only Permanent Solution

Compared to over the counter products or prescription applications, a hair transplant is the only hair loss treatment that is permanent. Every other medical treatment needs to be continued or you can lose the benefit. For instance, If you stop taking Propecia or minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine), you will continue to lose the hair that regrows. The transplanted follicles, on the other hand, should be permanent.

Our Staff Cares About Your Needs

Here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, our staff cares about your comfort and results. You can feel confident in our knowledge of up-to-date procedures while helping you choose a solution that will yield the best results. We’re available to answer any questions you may have to ensure you feel confident before your surgery. In fact, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about hair loss and our procedures.

When you are ready to schedule your surgery, choose DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. At DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we guarantee patient satisfaction with all of our hair transplants because we’re confident in our advanced transplant procedures. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and see how easy it is to look your best.

Image of handsome man with head full of hairWhile the recovery time after a hair transplant procedure varies from patient to patient, there may be visible evidence that a transplant has taken place. However, this depends on the type of hair transplant that you have. For example, after the follicular unit transplantations (FUTs), patients will leave the office with only small staples at the donor area, which should not be visible under the hair.

So when is the best time to return to work following a hair transplant procedure? The answer is largely personal, but it may also depend on what type of job you have and how well you follow post-op recovery instructions.

Who Knows About the Transplant?

For patients who have been open with coworkers, friends, and family about their search for the right hair restoration procedure, returning to work after a transplant could be an exciting experience. It’s a chance to show off the results, to teach others who might be interested in the procedure, and to return as quickly as possible to everyday life. Recovery for these patients can be a visible, open process.

Conversely, some patients may not want their hair restoration to be so public. In this case, a longer, out-of-work recovery period may be needed, to allow the small scabs on the top of the scalp to heal more thoroughly. This could take anywhere from two to seven days or longer. However, we find that when the post-operative instructions are followed, 95% of our patients have the small scabs washed off by the end of seven days.

Can You Get Away With Hiding It?

Patients that are unable to wear a hat to work, and that are hoping to keep their hair transplant a secret, may find it a challenge to return to work before one week. However, if wearing a hat is permitted and safe on the job, the patient could return as early as two days after the procedure while still concealing any evidence of a hair transplant.

To help speed up recovery time and return to work more quickly, it’s important to know what to expect following a transplant and how to promote fast, healthy healing. Again, if all instructions are followed properly, 95 percent of patients at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center have the small scabs washed off their head by the end of seven days.

Be sure to discuss what recovery steps are right for you with your doctor. To get more information about different transplantation options in the New England area, give DiStefano Hair Restoration Center a call at (401) 736-8989 or fill out our contact form.

When it comes to hair loss, Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the most commonly mentioned options for male pattern baldness and other thinning hair issues. If you’re considering hair restoration, here are four facts behind oft-repeated myths about this medication.

1. Myth: Rogaine doesn’t actually work.

It’s smart to be skeptical about products that promise hair regrowth; there are so many ineffective solutions on the market. However, Rogaine isn’t one of them. When used correctly, up to 50 percent of men who opt for this method of hair restoration have reported satisfaction with their level of regrowth. In fact, it’s the only topical hair growth solution approved by the FDA. Man checking his hair

2. Myth: Rogaine is only for men.

Because 90 percent of men are affected by hereditary baldness, they are the biggest consumers of hair restoration products like Rogaine. But what’s often unmentioned is that after age 40, about 40 percent of women notice thinning hair as well. Women’s Rogaine is a specialized solution for female clients who are concerned about hair loss.

3. Myth: Rogaine should only be used alone.

In fact, clinical trials reported by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery show that this topical medication is most effective at stimulating hair growth when combined with other hair restoration solutions and techniques, such as retinoids. A qualified physician can create a customized solution that best fits your hair loss needs.

4. Myth: Shampoos with minoxidil are the best baldness solution.

While expensive salons often add minoxidil to shampoos and charge higher prices for this hair loss solution, the fact is that pure minoxidil, in both 2 percent and 5 percent solutions, is usually a more effective and much less expensive option.

If you live in the Worcester area and are bothered by the appearance of thinning hair, talk to the expert staff at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center by calling (401) 736-8989. We can help you learn more about the cause of your hair loss and explore potential solutions that fit your lifestyle.