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Advances in Hair Loss Solutions

Feb 27, 2013 08:52AM ● By Dia

Consult a specialist and learn about new solutions for hair loss

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Family Health by Mark A. Bishara, MD

At least 35 million American men are bald and 50 percent of all men experience some degree of balding by age fifty. Until now only temporary topical solutions and invasive surgical solutions were available. More now than ever patients are seeking assistance for hair loss and hoping for solutions.

When considering treatment options it is important to determine the cause of the hair loss before any treatment recommendations can be made. Any treatments prior to proper diagnosis could be ineffective and counterproductive. Both medical and non-medical treatments for hair loss exist and there are several different types of transplantation. A consultation with a specialist is a key step for every hair loss patient.

A typical consultation usually begins with a short discussion on available preventative hair loss measures. Patients looking for alternatives can expect to be asked about hair loss history, the medications that they have been taking and any medical problems they are aware of or currently treating. Many prospective patients are fearful and anxious about confronting their particular hair loss solutions but I would encourage you all to seek out consultation with a physician. You may be pleasantly surprised by the ease of the process.

One of the more exciting treatment options for hair loss today is the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system. The highly sophisticated ARTAS hair restoration procedure is doctor-controlled, computer-assisted and is used for harvesting individual hairs from the scalp. Many have found success in transferring hair from where they have it to areas that are bald or thinning.

The latest in hair transplantation procedures is known as follicular unit extraction. These systems use a very sophisticated robotic arm along with an imaging system to quickly and safely detect the hair that is subsequently used for transplantation.

Under complete control of the doctor, a very sophisticated software program using algorithms that will determine the orientation, direction, density and distribution of hair follicles. The robot will pinpoint a specific hair follicle. It will then dissect it. Finally the hair is extracted and placed into a small hole completing the transplant process.

This procedure is done in an outpatient setting, returning people back to their normal routines in just one to two days. The donor area, generally in the back of the head, returns to a undetectable state in approximately one week. Patients can shave their head or can wear their hair short. In fact, a patient who undergoes this procedure can go for a haircut within as little as three days post procedure. Afterward, as the results are permanent, patients can adopt any hairstyle they choose and no longer have to hide a linear scar from traditional transplant procedures. It is for these reasons that this procedure has become one of the most popular hair restoration options because of minimal downtime and natural looking results.

Not just for men, there are also many women who have undergone hair transplantation using the ARTAS system and the results are just as exciting. Woman experiencing hair loss or thinning hair have all the same treatment options available to men, and the consultation process is very similar. Hair transplantation has also been used to fill in areas void of growing hair because of scars. It can also help to fill in eyebrows. The possibilities are endless. 

A native-born Texan, Dr. Bishara received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University. After a five-year residency in general surgery, he also completed a fellowship appointment in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.