Innovations Facial Plastic Surgery & Wellness Center
Learn about the latest innovations in facial plastic surgery. Wish you could have a bad hair day? Volume I, Issue IV, April 2008
Do you wish you could have a bad hair day? Today, there are several
options for hair restoration including surgical and non-surgical restora-tion. One of the simplest options is simple wearing a hairpiece. There are
many options for hairpieces available and some of them are quite natural
appearing. The problem is that they are not permanent, will not grow,
and have the possibility of detaching. So what are the other options -
Medications for hair loss
winning author, talk show host, and Plano veterinarian is going to
Topical minoxidil (Rogaine) and oral finasteride (Propecia) are the only
treatments for male patterned baldness that have been approved by the
US FDA. Their use is indicated in men older than 18 years with mild to
moderate hair loss. Several well controlled studies have proven the effi-
cacy of these medications. After 3-6 months of use, slowed hair loss,
stabilization, or increased scalp coverage can be appreciated with either
medication and results are clearly evident by 1 year. Dense regrowth is
uncommon and neither medication can regrow hair in completely bald
areas. Early intervention, when thinning is first noticed and hairs are
incompletely miniaturized, produces the best results. Treatment must be
continued indefinitely to maintain the benefits. Stopping treatment results
in a return to pretreatment status by 6 months with minoxidil and by 12
For female pattern baldness, 2% topical minoxidil is the only FDA-approved medication. Its use is indicated in women older than 18 years
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with mild to moderate hair loss. As always, consult a physician before starting any medication.
Will transplanted hair also fall out? Surgical Option for Hair Restoration
The transplanted hair is generally taken from the back of the head
There are many different techniques for hair restoration. The plug look
of yesterday is gone and hair replacement techniques can produce a natu-
ral looking head of hair which would be difficult for barbers to detect.
Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expecta-
tions and discuss them with your surgeon. It is also important to realize
that your hair loss will continue and the procedure you have should last a
lifetime, not just 5 or 10 years. Once the hair is used for transplantation,
that donor area is gone for good. Using a surgeon who understands the
aging process and not just the technical aspect of the hair transplantation
the natural hair cycle, it can take 6 months to see your final hair
Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth at the back
and sides of the head to serve as donor areas. Donor areas are the places on the head from which hair is taken. There are a number of techniques
used in hair replacement surgery - from flap transfers to single follicular unit grafting. For best results, multiple techniques may be used.
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Transplant techniques, such micro-grafts, follicular unit transfer, and
single unit transfers are generally performed on patients who desire a
fuller, thicker head of hair. These techniques produce a much more natu-
ral appearance than older techniques of plug grafting.
In follicular unit hair transplantation, a donor strip of hair is harvested
Events and Specials
excising a narrow strip of scalp from the donor area-an area at the back of the head that is resistant to hair loss. This strip of hair is then divided
into individual follicular units under a microscope. Each follicular unit
from the donor strip contains one to four hairs follicles.
Follicular unit transplantation is an extremely efficient manner of hair
restoration because several thousand hair grafts can be obtained from one small, thin donor strip. While follicular unit hair transplantation is
very simple by principle, it takes an experienced surgeon, attention to
detail, an artist's touch, and micro-surgical skills for the best implementa-
Skin Cancer Alternatives to Botox Eyelid Surgery
Did you know?
Botox and Juvederm Surgical and non-surgical facelift
Did you know that Dr. Verret offers the full range of cosmetic and re-
constructive rejuvenation options for your face? From minimally invasive surgical procedures, to injectibles such as Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm
which Dr. Verret administers himself, to classic facial plastic surgery tech-
niques, Dr. Verret has the training and experience to provide a compre-
hensive treatment plan to achieve your goals. For more information or to
schedule a consultation visit him on the web at www.innovationsfps.com or call 972.608.0100.
Questions or comments? E-mail us at r cal 972.608.0100.
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