Hair loss affects a large number of men and women. The condition can take a toll on your confidence, but it is treatable.
With more options available than ever before, you might be unsure where to start. A specialist like Dr. Joseph Galitzin can help.
Which hair restoration options are available to our patients in Newnan, Fayetteville, and Peachtree City, GA?
Hair Loss Treatments Range from Conservative to Permanent
Several types of topical treatments are available to slow thinning and stimulate hair growth. The most popular, minoxidil, is known by the brand name ROGAINE®. This non-prescription solution is applied to the scalp as a liquid or foam. It is most effective at treating female and male pattern baldness, takes at least six months to show results, and only works as long as it is continuously used. Some users may experience skin irritation and a rapid heart rate.
Prescription oral medications are also somewhat effective at treating hair loss. Finasteride, or Propecia, is approved for men and taken daily in pill form. Patients will need to continue taking the drug in order to maintain their results. Side effects, although rare, are serious and can include decreased sexual function and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Patients who would prefer a conservative treatment free of side effects are often interested in laser therapy. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved devices including a specialized cap, called Capillus®, which is worn for a short amount of time each day. These low-level lasers have shown limited results and further studies are needed.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, isolates the healing properties found in your own blood. The advanced technique has seen a range of recent uses, from boosting collagen through facials to promoting faster recoveries after dental surgery. PRP therapy is thought to increase blood supply to the hair follicles, producing thicker, healthier hair. The hair loss treatment is required roughly every four to six months and so far, research has failed to show promising and consistent results.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Surgically placing hair into the affected areas is simply the most effective way to address hair loss for a number of patients. At the Hair Restoration Institute of Georgia in Peachtree City, GA, we specialize in surgical care and prefer follicular unit extraction, or FUE. Candidates for hair transplant surgery must be in good health and have a sufficient amount of thick, healthy hair to harvest and transfer to the donor site. Some hair transplant patients may require touch-ups but the results are considered permanent.
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"Surgical restoration is simply the most effective way to address hair loss for a large number of patients."
Take Back Your Confidence
Dr. Galitzin and the team at the Hair Restoration Institute of Georgia offer the highest standard of care at our Peachtree City, GA, office, serving Newnan and Fayetteville. We understand the widespread effects hair loss can have on your quality of life, and offer the most advanced solution to restore your appearance and confidence.
FUE & FUT: Understanding Key Differences
Hair loss due to male and female pattern baldness typically affects the crown, or top of the head and the hairline. A transplant procedure uses hair from the back of the head, which is resistant to the hormones that cause hair loss. These hair follicles typically produce hair which is thicker, stronger, and healthier. During transplant surgery, the surgeon will isolate these follicular units and then precisely place the grafts into balding and thinning areas.
Hair transplant surgeons use two techniques to treat hair loss: FUE and follicular unit transplantation, or FUT. The two differ mainly in the way that the hair follicles are harvested. During FUT surgery, a strip of skin is taken from the back of the scalp. During FUE, small circular punches (smaller than one millimeter) are used to remove the most superficial layers of tissue. Since FUE is minimally invasive, the technique results in less pain during and after the transplant, a lower risk of complications, and negligible scarring.
Manual vs. Robotic Hair Transplant
Manual FUE techniques using handheld devices already offered a vast improvement over FUT, or strip surgery. But Dr. Galitzin has invested in the ARTAS Robotic system, the only technology of its kind to be approved by the FDA, for several reasons:
Negligible Risk of Human Error
FUE hair restoration takes several hours to complete. Manual techniques can leave practitioners prone to fatigue, resulting in a poor cosmetic outcome and a higher rate of complications. The robotic approach reduces risks dramatically.
Less Trauma to Surrounding Tissue
ARTAS uses an intelligent algorithm to choose only the most viable hairs. This precision leaves the surrounding scalp and underlying tissue largely unaffected.
More Natural-Looking Results
In the past, surgeons simply relied on an artistic eye to shape the hairline and other areas affected by hair loss. The ARTAS system incorporates Hair Studio® technology to generate a custom treatment plan. Patients can make slight modifications while previewing their results, then the computer-controlled device places the grafts according to pre-determined specifications.
a Hair Transplant Specialist
Like any type of surgery, surgical hair restoration does involve some degree of risk. If patients settle for a poorly trained practitioner, they are more likely to suffer from rare but serious side effects including infection in the donor or treatment site, numbness of the scalp, and prolonged pain or bleeding. In extreme cases, the grafts might be rejected altogether. It also goes without saying that a lack of training or trusted methods can result in extremely unnatural-looking results.
Dr. Galitzin is trained and certified to provide treatment with the ARTAS Robotic System. His unique background and specialization have helped many patients restore their hair.
You Have Options
"Hair loss can affect your quality of life, but it is a treatable concern. Patients can experience more natural-looking results than ever before."
How Can I Get Immediate Results?
We understand that some people suffering from hair loss are disappointed to hear it could take a substantial amount of time–several months or even up to a year–in order to see new hair growth and real results. Many men and women still turn to wigs and there is no denying that custom, quality hairpieces can be incredibly lifelike. Women, in particular, can also find satisfying results from tinted cosmetic sprays designed to temporarily fill in areas of the scalp.
It is important to keep in mind that some types of hair loss, such as alopecia areata, may naturally resolve within a year or so. The only way to determine whether a hair transplant or other type of restoration is right for you is to meet with a qualified doctor.