NeoGraft Hair Restoration for Men
Most men experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetime which can start as early in some men in their early twenties. Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss is a medical condition called hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss.
Androgenetic Alopecia (AA) or common male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.
Luckily, most causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated. Hair loss can be a very emotional difficult event because hair has an important psychological importance in our society. Most men experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetime which can start as early in some men as their early twenties. By the age of 35 over 60% of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.
The psychological effects of male hair loss vary with some men paying minimal attention to their thinning hair, while others are affected significantly. It is important that men who are having unusual difficulty dealing with their hair loss receive psychological support or counseling as well as medical treatment.
For more advanced MPB, surgical hair restoration can return to men a completely natural look.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss may be hereditary or caused by illness, diet or medicine.
- Hereditary thinning or baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia): This is the most common cause of hair loss. About 80 million people in the United States have hereditary thinning or baldness and it affects both men and women. Typically, when men have hereditary hair loss, they often get a receding hairline, but many can see bald patches, especially on the top of the head.
- Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is believed to be an autoimmune disease, which means that the body attacks its own hair. This disease causes smooth, round patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. People with alopecia areata are often treated to re-grow hair.
- Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia: This rare disease destroys a person’s hair follicles. Scar tissue forms where the follicles once were, so the hair cannot re-grow. Treatment tries to stop the inflammation, which destroys the hair follicles.
Underlying medical condition: Approximately 30 diseases cause hair loss. By treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.
Illness: Significant hair loss can occur after an illness, major surgery, high fever, severe infection, or even the flu.
Some cancer treatments: Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can cause hair loss. This hair loss is often temporary, but it can cause great distress.
Ringworm of the scalp: This disease is contagious and common in children. Without effective treatment, ringworm can cause balding.
Trichotillomania: This medical disorder causes people to repeatedly pull out their own hair.
- Stress: Experiencing a traumatic event can cause hair loss.
Dieting and poor nutrition
- Weight loss: Some people see hair loss after losing more than 15 pounds. The hair loss often appears three to six months after losing the weight.
- Vitamin A: Too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss. Once the body stops getting too much Vitamin A, normal hair growth resumes.
- Protein: When the body does not get enough protein, it rations the protein it does get. One way the body can ration protein is to shut down hair growth. About two to three months after a person does not eat enough protein, you can see the hair loss. Eating more protein will stop the hair loss. Meats, eggs, and fish are good sources of protein. Vegetarians can get more protein by adding nuts, seeds, and beans to their diet.
- Iron: Not getting enough iron can lead to hair loss.
- Eating disorder: When a person has an eating disorder, hair loss is common. Anorexia (not eating enough) and bulimia (vomiting after eating) can cause hair loss.
Some prescription medicines can cause hair loss. These include:
- Blood thinners
- High-dose Vitamin A
- Medicines that treat arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems, and high blood pressure
- Steroids taken to build muscle and improve performance may cause hair loss
The best candidates for hair restoration surgery are those looking for a fuller, thicker head of hair. Regardless of your balding pattern, NeoGraft Hair Transplant System can replant your own hair in just a few short hours, with no surgery, little to no pain and no downtime.
Unlike the old fashioned “punch grafting” technique that often produces an altered texture or unnatural straight lines (corn row) of hair appearance, NeoGraft has dramatically improved the results of hair restoration surgery. Grafting sessions are designed to replace the lost hair, refine the thinning hairline, and provide a healthy and natural appearance. Results will vary depending upon your personal level of baldness
The NeoGraft device uses a special technology that is able to quickly and painlessly remove the hair follicles from the back of the head and implant them to balding areas. NeoGraft uses a controlled pneumatic pressure to slide out the graft smoothly, so there is no pulling or twisting which can risk damaging the graft. Because the NeoGraft transplant is faster than other out of date methods, the grafts can be re-implanted sooner which keeps them more robust, increasing the success of the grafting process.
Preparing for this Procedure
You will be provided with specific instructions on how to prepare for this procedure.
- Minimal discomfort
The science behind grafting is quite simple. Hair follicles are taken from the hair at the back of the head that is genetically programmed to continue to grow. The follicles that hold your transplanted hair are living tissues that grow cyclically. Like normal hair growth, transplantation is an ongoing process that requires a commitment of time. Once the hair follicle has been implanted into the balding area, the grafted hair will stay in place for about two to three weeks before shedding. After shedding, the new growth will begin in three to four months; this is normal and an important part of the new hair growth process. After that time period, the hair will continue to grow normally; your result will look healthy and natural.
How long will it last?
Most men start to develop male pattern baldness at approximately 40-45 years of age. Hair loss does not stop after a transplantation, some people will need continuing maintenance and further sessions will likely be required, particularly if your balding patterns continue with age. Progressive hair loss or the desire for more density may require more transplants. An estimate of balding pattern and the number of procedures needed will be discussed during your consultation.
Our goal is for you to be informed so if you have a question, please call our office at 850.474.8333