Over the years, we at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration & Research have received numerous questions regarding hair restoration and hair loss. We focus on achieving each individual s unique goals and both Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis are committed to helping you look and feel your best. Below we breakdown a list of the most common FAQ s:
- I’m just starting to bald. How much hair will I lose?
No one can make such a prediction even after studying your family tree. Because the expression of your genetic makeup is unpredictable, the best forecast is only a guess. Generally, the younger you start to notice baldness, the more hair you can expect to lose.
- Would it be better to begin hair restoration as soon as I start losing my hair or should I wait?
Unfortunately, baldness is progressive and unpredictable. Yearly consultations may be recommended to evaluate your hair loss progression and devise the best time to begin your restoration process for maximum results. During this time, you should strongly consider hair loss preventive treatments when you see the balding process begin. It is never too early to start a hair loss prevention program once any loss is appreciated. Most men and women don’t start a hair loss program until their early twenties. We like to remind patients that our number one goal is to prevent further hair loss. Therefore, the earlier the patient starts, the more hair they can expect to retain over the years.
- Can I do anything to prevent hair loss?
Based on your age, gender, and extent of hair loss, several treatments are available for thinning hair. It is important to note that when both medications are used in conjunction, they help to prevent further progression of androgenic loss. Red light therapy is another treatment available that has been proven to help with prevention and growth. The two FDA-approved, proven medications are oral Propecia and topical Rogaine . We customize a hair loss program for each patient and many times use compounded medications to maximize results. Prevention of further hair loss for both men and women is assured for 80-90% of all patients who use the program. Just like brushing your teeth prevents tooth loss, this program prevents further androgenetic hair loss.
- What are my hair restoration options?
Follicular hair transplantation is a hair restoration technique we specialize in at The Griffin Center. A strip is taken from over the ears that extends to the back of the scalp (the donor site). An alternative follicular unit transplantation which does not use the strip but removes the grafts one by one from the donor site may also be chosen for the patient who has certain needs. Regardless of the technique chose (strip vs FUE), then Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis carefully make all the incisions watching the details like the angle and diameter and depth of the grafts. During this time, the detailed work of dissecting the individual follicular unit grafts from this tissue with the use of a binocular microscope are being performed by the assisting technicians. The grafts are then transplanted into the tiny custom-sized incisions in bald or thinning areas of the scalp. The entire process is directed by the physician and quality control producing superior results is the goal of all procedures.
- Am I a candidate for hair restoration?
A good majority of men with male pattern baldness and women suffering the onset of androgenic hair loss are considered suitable candidates for hair restoration surgery if they have good donor sites and a non-scarring type of hair loss. Other potential candidates are people who have experienced hair loss from scars caused by accidents, traction loss, or cosmetic procedures. In general loss from the basic scarring alopecia, loss from drugs or pregnancy, and loss from auto immune conditions are not candidates. It is most important to have a confirmed diagnosis before considering a surgical option. Sometimes a full work up with blood tests and a scalp biopsy is needed before hair transplant surgery is considered. Other options for potential hair restoration are available such as PRP (platelet rich plasma) and can be a treatment for some patients who are not candidates for surgical restoration.
If you are interested in learning more about hair loss procedures and preventives, please call to set up a consultation. Don t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for the latest hair restoration techniques.