Going bald can be traumatizing for both men and women. Whether we like it or not, hair is often associated with vitality and youth. While we all lose about 50 to a 100 hairs a day, hair loss happens when this cycle of shedding and regrowth is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. The only solution is through hair restoration procedures.
Although we tend to associate baldness more with men, it can happen to women as well. In the past, hair restoration treatments were often intrusive and left a long, horizontal scar. Furthermore, they didn’t produce the kind of results that made patients happy. With SmartGraft, Dr. Robert Whitfield offers his patients a scar-free hair restoration procedure that actually works.
SmartGraft is a new hair restoration technology that is faster, more comfortable and more effective than those in the past. Previously, a strip of hair was removed from the back of the head and transplanted to a patient’s bald spots. This required major surgery and a painful recovery, as well as leaving a very visible scar.
SmartGraft utilizes a process called “FUE hair restoration” in which only 1 to 4 hair follicles are removed at a time. They are taken from a part of the head that is considered bald-resistant, typically the back of the head. Dr. Whitfield then implants these micro hair grafts into your bald spots.
The procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia with little discomfort or pain. The result is a fuller head of hair, your hair. Furthermore, these results are permanent. Since he is taking the grafts from such a small area, you will not have an unsightly scar.
The benefits of SmartGraft:
Hair loss is indiscriminate and can happen to men and women of any age and any race. The most common cause is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. This typically creeps up gradually and follows a standard trajectory over time. For men, it first manifests in a receding hairline while for women, it’s thinning hair. The age at which it begins and how fast it progresses will, again, depend on heredity.
The other conditions that can cause hair loss are:
Pregnancy, menopause and thyroid problems can all affect your hormone levels, which may lead to hair loss. Thankfully, this hair loss is not permanent and should correct itself once your hormones are restored to balance.
This occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing sudden hair loss in smooth, bald patches. It typically manifests in your early 20’s. While no one knows what causes alopecia, this hair loss is rarely permeant although the condition can be recurring.
Certain infections, such as ringworm, can cause scaly patches and hair loss on the scalp. Usually once the underlying infection is treated and cured, the hair grows back.
Too much Vitamin A and medications for cancer, depression, high blood pressure, and heart problems may all result in hair loss. Again, once the medications are stopped, the hair should return to normal.
SmartGraft is an in-office procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. It takes several hours and though you may be sore afterwards, your recovery time is short. Most patients are washing their hair within just a few days.
Costs for hair restoration with SmartGraft typically average $6,000 – $12,000.
To find out more about hair restoration with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at any of our three Austin locations: Lakeway, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.