Hair Transplantation is a cosmetic procedure that was first performed in the US in 1952. Typically, the process is done by taking hair follicles from the back of the scalp and moving them to thinning or bald areas on top of the scalp.
Since its inception, the procedure has evolved significantly over the years. During that time however, some misconceptions developed as well. We decided to set the record straight and debunk some of the more common ones.
1) The results of a hair transplant are not permanent.
Actually, since the hair is taken from an area that is genetically programmed to never fall out, the transplanted hair will be there for a lifetime. It is currently the only permanent solution for male or female pattern hair loss.
2) Hair transplants are not cost effective.
When considering the long-term benefits of the procedure, you must understand once you have it done, it’s permanent. Relatively speaking, having a hair transplant can be cheaper than years of products and/or treatments done in an attempt to keep or re-grow hair.
3) The FUE method does not leave behind a scar.
Not the case. FUE simply does not leave behind a linear scar in the donor area (like FUT). The scarring left behind with FUE presents itself in the form of tiny little dots in the areas of extraction.
4) After the procedure is done, there is a lot of maintenance and up keep with the transplanted hair.
Once the transplanted hair begins to grow, there is no special upkeep needed. It’s your own hair, just moved to a different area.
5) It’s easy to tell if someone has had a hair transplant.
Though in the past this may have been true, with new advancements and techniques it’s now virtually undetectable.
6) Anyone with hair loss is a candidate for hair transplantation.
Not true. There can be a number of contributing factors causing someone’s hair loss. This is especially true with female patients, as they may have uncontrolled thyroid issues which can contribute to their hair loss. This is why we have all our patients undergo extensive blood work prior to moving forward with a hair transplant procedure.
Hopefully this list provided you with a little reassurance when it comes to hair transplants and if you have any additional questions contact our office today!
As discussed in a previous post, eczema is an autoimmune skin condition that can be worsened by certain irritants. The key to managing eczema is to avoid those irritants and appropriately care for your skin. Some ways to do that include…
Since eczema is a chronic skin condition it is also important to use medications prescribed as directed. With effective treatment, you can keep eczema under control.
As described in a previous post, Nail Health Care Tips, nails can provide insight into our overall health. Changes that develop in the nail can indicate an underlying condition that may require immediate medical attention. This makes understanding them so important.
Nails themselves can be described as the thin transparent plate that covers the upper surface at the end of a finger or toe. Consisting of the nail plate, the nail matrix, and the nail bed, the primary objective is to protect the tip of the finger or toe and surrounding areas from injury. Due to this functionality, any abnormalities of the nail can result in further, more serious problems.
Listed below are some facts taken from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to provide better understanding about your nails and how they work.
If you are experiencing any concerns or issues with your nails contact our office right away for successful diagnosis and treatment.
Jamie Foxx is one of the most talented entertainers in Hollywood, rising to stardom with his Academy Award winning portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film, Ray. Along with his impressive acting abilities, he is also quite talented musically. All the way back in 2009, he had one of the biggest hits of the year with his single, “Blame It” featuring T-Pain. With all his achievements and accolades there is one thing the star has been struggling with however, his hairline.
Hairline recession for the star has been a frequent topic throughout his career. His recession was even noticeable going back to his days in the early 90’s on the sketch comedy show, In Living Color. Then in 2006, he sported an abnormally low hairline, causing many to question if he had a hair transplant procedure. About a year later, he shaved his head, showing off a new tribal-like tattoo on the back of his scalp. This only furthered speculation of a hair transplant because this is usually where the scar from the procedure typically resides. In a possible attempt to dispel any rumors, he mentioned on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, that he had the tattoo done in celebration of his 40th birthday.
The odd thing about Foxx’s alleged hair transplant procedure is that African American men typically opt for the FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) method as oppose to the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or ‘strip’ method. This is mainly attributed to the fact that the FUT method leaves a linear scar on the back of the scalp, and having a closely cut hairstyle can make the appearance of even a minimal scar more prevalent. The FUE method leaves a scar (actually scars) as well, but they are much easier to camouflage, even with a shorter hairstyle.
Whatever the case may be, Foxx is a prime example that no matter how talented or successful someone is, celebrities still experience some of the same problems we do.
Back in 2011, reality star Kim Kardashian announced that she suffers from psoriasis. Since that time, she has been influential in raising awareness about the condition. Recently, she shared a shocking photo on her Instagram that brought attention back to it.
As you can see, the photo shows textbook psoriasis flareups all over her face. A lot of people found the photo quite shocking and can’t believe how she is regularly able to conceal it.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects more than 8 million Americans. Typically developing between the ages of 15-25, symptoms consist of skin redness and irritation with silver colored scales. Usually occurring on the scalp, face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet, it is believed to occur when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous or harmful substances.
A common misconception is that psoriasis is contagious, this is not the case. Some things that can contribute to worsening the condition though include, too much exposure to sunlight, consumption of alcohol, and even stress. It can be treated many different ways, with the most common options being topical ointments or creams, lotions, and shampoos.
Taking care of your skin by regularly moisturizing and cleaning the affected area can also help in maintaining and reducing flare-ups. Although there is no way to prevent psoriasis, there are many ways to manage and treat the condition.
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation