Hair Restoration Treatments
There are many kinds of hair restoration solutions out there, from over-the-counter products to prescription medications and laser stimulation devices. None of these are proven to work as well as the hair transplantation procedures performed by Dr. Galitzin at the Hair Restoration Institute of Georgia, located in Peachtree City, GA, serving Greater Atlanta. Here is a closer look at the most common treatments:
Several types of topical treatments are available to slow thinning and stimulate hair growth. These non-prescription solutions are applied to the scalp as a liquid or foam. They are most effective at treating female and male pattern baldness, take at least six months to show results, and only work as long as they are continuously used. Some users may experience skin irritation and a rapid heart rate.
Prescription oral medications are also somewhat effective at treating hair loss. The most popular medications are currently approved for men and taken daily in pill form. Patients will need to continue taking the medication 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 about every four to six months and so far, research has failed to show promising and consistent results.
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“Surgical restoration is simply the most effective way to address hair loss for a large number of patients.”— Dr. Galitzin
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 Atlanta, we specialize in surgical care and prefer follicular unit extraction, or FUE, using the ARTAS® Robotic System. 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.
What types of surgical hair restoration procedures are available?
FUE & FUT:
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.
Robotic surgery sounds expensive. Is it really that different?
Manual vs. Robotic Hair Transplant
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*.
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.
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
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.
Hair Restoration Institute of Georgia
Joseph Galitzin is a highly trained doctor specializing in the treatment of hair loss. He is:
- An Allergan Platinum Plus Provider
- Up-to-date on the latest hair restoration techniques
- Trained in the advanced ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration system
Our Peachtree City office is conveniently located to serve patients in Fayetteville, Newnan, and surrounding areas. Schedule your consultation online or call (770) 487-2645 to learn more about how our team can help you achieve your goals.