Hair loss is common among men and women, and many people turn to hair transplants as a treatment for lost or thinning hair. Before you undergo a hair transplant procedure, it is important to do your research and make informed decisions that maintain your health and safety, as well as produce results.
A Bit of Hair Transplant History
Hair transplants began in Japan in the 1930s, but did not make their way to the U.S. until the 1950s. Dermatologist Norman Orentreich began performing experimental procedures by treating male pattern baldness by transferring grafts of skin, tissue, and active hair follicles from donors onto patients. The process was streamlined slightly over the next few decades, but success was limited, and patients complained of having a “doll’s head” appearance in the treated areas. In the 1980s, the process was refined so that patients received many small micrografts dissected from one large donor strip, and later evolved into the lateral slit technique in the early 2000s. Modern procedures often involve minimal pain and recovery time, with no bed rest or hospital time required.
So Just How Does a Hair Transplant Work?
A hair transplant surgeon will consult with you after examining your scalp and advise whether he believes you need one or multiple transplant sessions. Before the procedure, you usually receive a mild sedation and a local anesthesia injection. The surgeon then extracts a small (15-30 cm long, 1.5 cm wide) strip of skin from an area of good hair growth on your head. The wound from the skin graft is then closed while the medical staff dissects the strip of removed skin into individual follicle micrografts. The surgeon then makes several small incisions using micro blades or needles on the area needing treatment, and inserts the micrografts into the wounds to fasten and grow hair naturally.
The recovery process lasts a few weeks to allow the wounds to heal and keep the head clean and scab-free. You typically have to apply and change dressings for the wounds on a daily basis in the days following the procedure to allow blood and tissue fluid to seep and flow naturally. During the first week or two, most of the transplanted hair will fall out. However, if the procedure was successful, new, natural hair will begin to grow in the treated areas after two or three months.
Things to Keep in Mind
First of all, a hair transplant is considered a surgery. It is not as major as a heart operation, but it must be performed by a skilled surgeon. Ask for references before choosing a surgeon, and make sure you understand all aspects of the process. Like any surgery, there are risks to your health, and the procedure is not guaranteed to work. Also, itching (sometimes severe itching) is a common side effect following the surgery. You must be careful, as scratching can damage the transplants. Bald patches are also a common side effect, especially immediately following the surgery, as the newly transplanted hairs fall out. Also, if the surgery is successful, it is not always permanent. More hair loss can occur years later, requiring additional surgeries or other treatment methods.
If a hair transplant surgery sounds a little too invasive, complex, or risky for you, consider alternative methods to treat hair loss or thinning hair. Avacor Physicians Formulation® is an FDA-Approved hair restoration treatment that has been proven to regrow hair in as little as two months. It does not involve surgery; you simply apply the product to affected areas of your head twice a day to stop additional hair loss, and start re-growing your hair. No blades, incisions, or surgeons required.
Ultimately, preventing hair loss is the best way to fight it. If you notice hair loss, the first line of defense is the Avacor Physicians Formulation. Don’t wait until your “bald spot” is noticeable. The longer you wait to treat your hair loss, the less likely you are to keep that natural head of hair you have now.
However, Avacor Products LLC is still able help those who have simply waited too long to and are unlikely to see success with the Avacor Physicians Formulation. Through our vast network of doctors and consultants, we can arrange for you to speak with a trained professional at no cost in order to evaluate your options. Hope is not lost if you have not done anything about your hair loss until now. Please contact us at (646)929-6000 for more information.
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Just what exactly is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS? For starters, it is the most common hormonal disorder among women, affecting between 7 and 10 percent of all women, according to women’s health experts. PCOS is an endocrine system disorder, though it may affect the reproductive system as well. It has several side effects, many of which can be emotionally or physically overwhelming, including hair loss or thinning hair.
PCOS is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance. Often, levels of male hormones, or androgens, are too high, causing the imbalance that leads to PCOS. Most women’s bodies produce androgens in varying levels, just as many men produce varying levels of female hormones, or estrogen.
If diagnosed with PCOS, a woman’s ovaries may become enlarged and filled with several small cysts. However, these cysts are painless, so women who have the condition may not even notice this symptom. Instead, pay attention to the other noticeable physical symptoms, including irregular or missed menstrual cycles, acne, obesity, infertility, hair loss, thinning hair, new face or body hair, decreased breast size, development of a deeper voice, dark skin marks around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts, or depression. If you are experiencing multiple symptoms from this list, talk to your doctor about PCOS.
PCOS can develop in women as early as the preteen years and throughout a woman’s childbearing years. As women get older, the likelihood of developing PCOS decreases, and is very uncommon once a woman reaches menopause.
There are a variety of treatments depending on the specific symptoms a woman with PCOS may be experiencing. These treatments include weight loss (especially for obese women), and a variety of drugs and oral contraceptives, as well as possible surgery. Birth control pills can help regulate menstrual cycles and are often used as a treatment method for PCOS, though women wishing to become pregnant may not wish to pursue this option. Other health risks of PCOS, especially if untreated, include diabetes, infertility, uterine or endometrial cancer, increased breast cancer risk, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
Thinning hair, or new face or body hair, are often some of the most distressing symptoms for women. When a woman loses her hair, it is often more emotionally upsetting than in men, because thinning hair is almost expected in men. However, there are ways to treat thinning hair for women coping with PCOS, or other women who have experienced hair loss or thinning hair. Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women is an FDA-Approved hair regrowth product that is formulated specifically for women experiencing pattern baldness, which might be a symptom of PCOS. It can help regrow lost or thin hair in as little as four months when used as directed. Women diagnosed with PCOS should consult their doctor prior to beginning treatment.
Above all else, if you are diagnosed with PCOS, follow your doctor's treatment instructions, and seek emotional and social support from your friends and family members. The condition is treatable; PCOS affects many women, so understand that you are not alone.
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