Which Hair Loss Treatment Is Best For Me?

When a person is losing hair it can be quite distressing. Apart from the common feeling of losing confidence and beginning to look that bit older, they also have to deal with the added stress of deciding what to do next.

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The internet is bombarded with an endless number of hair loss treatments and clinics all promising you incredible results. Seeing this can overwhelm any person and deciding which treatment is best for them can be challenging. However if you were to break down all the available treatmentsthey can be simplified into FIVE treatment options. Below is a summary of each:

Option 1 – Medications/Growth Programs

Growth programs are often comprised of minoxidil (with a 5% – 7% concentration) and the prescription medication finasteride. Additional products such as herbal saw palmetto, vitamins, special company branded shampoos, thickening serums and low level laser treatment form part of “the treatment package”.

Best Suited for: People in the earlier stages of hair loss who wish to stabilize existing shedding as well as thicken existing hair.

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Summary: Treatment must be sustained long term in order to maintain any benefits. Any improvement in density is usually of a limited nature which is contrary to what patients are told during the consultation. Density improvements are most noticeable within the mid-scalp and crown regions. It is very effective in slowing or stopping existing hair loss. A growth program at a clinic can cost $1500-$3500 per year. Knowing that the finasteride and minoxidil are responsible for 95% of the benefits, it is most convenient and cost effective to purchase these at a chemist which would only cost $150 to $500 per year and deliver similar results.

Option 2 – PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment

In the last few years PRP has become a popular treatment hair loss. It comprises of taking out a portion of blood and after a series of steps injecting the portion of blood rich in growth factors back into the scalp. It takes an hour to perform and needs to be repeated 1-3 times per year to maintain the benefits.

Best Suited for:Early to moderate stage hair loss with a priority to stabilize and thicken existing hairs.

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Summary: About 75% of the PRP patients at Newin Institute will notice their hair thicker at the 6 month mark after 1 PRP session. PRP is more effective at thickening the frontal hairline than is medication and appeals to those who prefer not to take tablets and lotions. Results begin to diminish after 11 months which is why at least 1 treatment per year is recommended. The way PRP is performed at different clinics varies considerably. Click hereto understand more and why Newin Institute is the preferred choice for PRP for hair loss. Be aware that some clinics will recommend as many as 6-10 PRP sessions in a year which hasbeen medically proven to be excessive and totally unnecessary. Always be assessed by Doctor specialized in PRP for hair loss and not an unqualified salesman.

Option 3: Non-Surgical Hair Replacement (Wigs)

Hair pieces and wigs are sold as “units” or “membranes” and comprise of the clinic taking some of your hair to find a colour and diameter match and then making a wig using hairs that match your own. The hair piece is glued to a shaven area on the top of the person’s scalp giving them a thick and full head of hair.

Best suited for: Advanced stages of hair loss where very little to no hair remains who are not suitable for hair transplantation surgery.

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Summary: The glued on hair piece creates a thick head of hair and when styled and maintained properly can look quite natural. They need to be refitted at the clinic every 2-3 weeks and the surrounding hair is trimmed (and dyed) at the same time to ensure it blends with the wig as naturally as possible. The frontal hairline tends to be hidden under a short fringe as the hair piece can be easily detectable if the hairline is brushed up. Each hair piece lasts for a given number of months because they thin through natural wear and tear. Non-surgical hair replacement comprises of investing in replacement hair pieces, 12-15 refits visits per year and maintenance products which works out to around $5000 annually. This is ongoing which makes wearing hair pieces the most expensive hair loss treatment offered over the long term.

Option 4: Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP)

SMP is a procedure which involves placing medical grade pigments (tiny tattoo spots) into bald or very thin areas. The pigment colour tones are matched to the colour of the surrounding hairs giving the illusion of either a thicker density within a thinning region or a “five o’clock” shadow in a totally bald region.

Best Suited for: Moderate or advanced stage hair loss. SMP is especially useful for those patients that have an excessively large bald region.

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Summary: SMP is a great option to very bald men and women that are not suitable for hair transplantation surgery,that do not wish to wear a wig. Usually at least two SMP treatments are required over the bald area to give it the right amount of colour and to look the most natural. Over the long term (10-15 years) some of the colour may fade requiring the patient to come back again for further treatment. Prices vary depending on the surface area and number of required sessions required. The total cost will typically range from $2000 – $6000.

Option 5: Hair Transplantation Surgery

Hair transplantation is the process of surgically removing hairs from the donor region (back and sides) of a patient’s scalp and planting them into the thinning or bald areas on top. It is a fantastic option depending on the suitability of the patient.

Best Suited for: Any patient that meets the suitabilityrequirements for a hair transplant. It can appeal to patients in the early, moderate or advanced stages of hair loss.

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Summary: It takes 3-4 months post surgery for the transplanted hairs to begin growing and 14-18 months to achieve the final outcome. The density achieved is expected to be 30-50% as thick as the patient’s donor region. A great aspect about this treatment is that the patient has the ability to recreate the frontal hairline design they have always wanted which is not possible through medication or PRP. Ongoing hair loss of surrounding (non-transplanted) hairs over the long term must be addressed and for this reason medications such as finasteride and dutasteride are commonly used to preserve the great looking head of hair for as long as possible. A majority of hair transplant patients do undertake a second hair transplant at some point as more surrounding hairs are lost. When searching for the right clinic to perform your procedure there are certain helpful guidelinesthat can be followed.

If you have any questions regarding any of the 5 listed treatments or would like an appointment for a face to face consultation in Melbourne or Sydney please call us on 03 9693 9200.

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Nutritious Diet is Essential for Hair Transplant Recovery

Maintaining a nutritious diet is essential for daily requirements that your body needs, not only in preparation to get through the day, but also to replenish depleted nutrients and energy to recover from stress, trauma and physical activity. Any type of surgery is a stress on your body, so our bodies need to work harder to overcome even the most minor of surgical procedures.

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To provide your body with the weapons to boost your immune system, replenish your blood and heal faster you must ensure you are ingesting good quality essential nutrients.

So what can you do to maximiseyour Hair Transplant Surgery recovery?

Obviously in preparation for surgery it is best to avoid things like smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs. In addition, certain things like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, caffeine, warfarin and fish oils can thin your blood. Ensure you speak to your doctor about whether or not to cease any necessary medications that have been prescribed for you.

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Water – Good old H20

Six-eight glasses of water is the recommended daily amount of water and assists fibre to work better and prevent constipation. Keeping hydrated will also avoid the symptoms of dehydration, such as nausea and vomiting, and flush any toxins out of your system.

Calories

You’ll need energy to endure your hair transplant surgery. Sometimes they can be several hours in duration. So eat a light meal prior and you’ll better able to process any pain medications given to you during your surgery and minimise nausea.

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Protein

Proteins are the basic building blocks of skin, so they are essential for quality wound-healing.

Fibre

During surgery you are only mildly sedated for a short period and will not require breathing apparatus as you would with major surgery. So you will be able to get up and move around, watch movies and chat to the friendly staff at Newin Institute.

However, some of the pain medication given to you during surgery may make your bowel movements slow down. To avoid constipation, get lots of fibre into your diet from good sources like prunes, prune juice, vegetables, legumes, beans, whole-grains, cereals. You could also trypsyllium or Metamucil.

Vitamins and minerals

The best vitamins to boost skin recovery, tissue repair and wound healing include:

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Vitamin C – to produce wound-healing collagen and elastin;

Zinc – necessary for the production of collagen (Zinc also interacts with Vitamin A to make it available for use in the body and also plays a vital role in immune function);

Vitamin A – promotes the growth of new blood vessels, important for nourishing newly forming skin tissues;

Vitamin B6 – ensures optimal fat and protein metabolism and assists clotting during the wound-healing process;

Copper – a trace mineral that promotes the formation of strong, flexible connective tissue ( An important consideration if you are having FUG (Donor Strip) Surgery);

Vitamin E – an antioxidant that boosts your immune system by neutralising free radicals in your body;

Iron – Your body needs iron as well as copper to make haemoglobin which delivers oxygen to the tissues;

Vitamin B12 – important for making DNA during cell production. Importantly, it assists red blood cells to reach maturity, so they can function to deliver essential oxygen to your body’s tissues – especially in wound repair.

At Newin Institute Hair Transplant Surgery and Cosmetic Medicine we car about optimising your surgical experience. Call us now for an appointment in Sydney or Melbourne on (03) 9693 9200.

Hair Transplantation – Older Methods versus Today’s Methods

The process of hair transplants has come a long way over the last 60 years. Since the beginning, hair transplantation as a whole has improved so much that it is said to have reached the peak of the mountain.This statement appears very true when it comes to graft diameter size (much thinner grafts than before), graft numbers planted in a day (they are much larger), growth rates (over 90% growth is now expected versus 50%) and natural and almost undetectable frontal hairline designs (due to smaller grafts and deliberately irregular shaped designs).

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However many hair loss sufferers that have never done their research on this topic still believe that results are easily detectable and that hair transplants do not consistently work as was the case in the old days. For this reason, let us compare the older methods to today:

Punch Grafts (Plugs) – Late 1950s to Early 1980s

Graft Diameter Size                        =             4-5mm each

Number of hairs in each graft     =             15-20 hairs

MaximumSurgery Session Size  =             50-100 grafts

Typical Growth Rates                     =             30-50%

Quality and Naturalness Score   =             1/10

Comments:

This is the method which deters many (who are not in the know) from exploring the possibility of even considering a hair transplant today. It is the oldest method of hair transplantation which produced an easily detectable and very pluggy looking result. Large amounts of bleeding would occur forcing the sessions to be kept to a small number of less than 100 grafts. Growth rates were poor and client satisfaction was rare. Punch grafts is one to avoid at all costs. For this reason we only give it 1/10 on our Quality and Naturalness Score.

Mini Grafts – Early 1980s to around 1990  

Graft Diameter Size                        =             2.5mm each

Number of hairs in each graft     =             6-10 hairs

Maximum Surgery Session Size =             200-400 grafts

Typical Growth Rates                     =             30-50%

Quality and Naturalness Score   =             3/10

Comments:

Mini-grafts represented a nice step forward because the graft size compared to punch grafts had halved. This means that these thinner grafts could now be planted closer together which produced more density and improved naturalness. However 2.5mm grafts was still considerably thicker than ideal and growth rates rarely surpassed 50%. Therefore a score of 3/10 is given.

Micro Grafts – From around 1990 and onwards

Graft Diameter Size                        =             1.5mm each

Number of hairs in each graft     =             1-4 hairs

Maximum Surgery Session Size =             400-2000 grafts

Typical Growth Rates                     =             60%-80%

Quality and Naturalness Score   =             6/10

Comments:

When micro-grafts came onto the scene it was the first time that the hair transplant Melbourne industry began to earn some respect. Suddenly results started to look reasonable. A high majority of grafts were growing and if you ended up choosing the right surgeon you would have a fair chance of being happy you made the decision to proceed with surgery. Instead of being told that you needed four or fivesmaller hair transplants 8-12 months apart, now you could obtain 2000 grafts in a day. Because no magnification is used during the dissection process it results in a portion of the follicular units being damaged which reduces the overall growth rates. The naturalness of the transplanted frontal hairlines is not ideal but is a massive step up from the older methods. We give it a 6/10.

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Micro-grafts surgeries are still popular today and whilst not the most advanced option available, it requires less staff and less practice to become proficient at it. Due to this micro-graft surgeries appeal to many clinics and are cheaper than the best available surgical method today.

Follicular Unit Grafts – From the mid 1990s up to day

Graft Diameter Size                        =             1mm average

Number of hairs in each graft     =             1-4 hairs

Maximum Surgery Session Size =             2500-6000 grafts

Typical Growth Rates                     =             92-99%

Quality and Naturalness Score   =             10/10

Comments:

Follicular unit grafts represent the very top of the mountain in hair transplantation because they win in all the categories listed. Every graft is dissected under magnification which makes the grafts super fine and minimizes transection damage. This produces grafts as thin as 0.9mm and growth rates of around 95% average which allows dense packing and very natural, almost undetectable looking results. Depending on the clinic you visit as many as 6000 grafts can be transplanted in one day.

Follicular unit grafts can not be any thinner; produce higher growth or bigger surgeries than is possible today. When searching for the right clinic to perform your hair transplant, do check for the following:

  1. The clinic specializes in follicular unit grafts
  2. Anexperienced surgeonwith at least 5 years experience performing follicular unit graft procedures that is ABHRS accredited
  3. Experienced hair transplant technicians with at least 3 of them holding 5 years of experience (or having been involved in over 1000 hair transplants) assist the surgeon
  4. The ability to perform very large hair transplant procedures of 4000-6000 grafts in a day (if you personally require a large amount of surface area treated)

If you have any questions regarding any of hair loss treatment or would like an appointment for a face to face consultation in Melbourne or Sydney please call us on 03 9693 9200.

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