When people come to the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research they are, first and foremost, looking for a way to bring their hair back. They can usually see the gradual thinning or advancing areas of baldness and want to find a treatment that can restore their hair’s fullness. Fortunately, even though there is no way to completely restore an individual’s hair to the way it was in their twenties, the various forms of hair transplantation surgery and non-surgical hair restoration treatments that we perform at the Griffin Center can go a long way towards replacing what was lost, but they are only part of the story. Many people fail to realize that the most important parts of any hair restoration treatment program are bringing the hair loss progression under control and preventing future hair loss from occurring.
The fundamental problem with hair loss is that it is usually not a discreet medical issue that can simply be cured and then forgotten. In most cases it is actually a naturally occurring condition that gradually progresses over time. The vast majority (about 90%) of hair loss in both men and women is the result of androgenetic alopecia, a common condition generally called genetic pattern baldness. Both men and women have, in their bodies, a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a natural by-product of the breakdown of testosterone. Approximately 85% of men and 50% of women are also born with hair follicles that have a natural sensitivity to this substance. In these individuals, DHT causes the sensitive hair follicles to shrink gradually. Over time, these follicles produce gradually thinner and thinner hair strands until, eventually, they stop producing hair altogether. Interestingly, this sensitivity does not affect all hair follicles equally, which is why this form of hair loss only affects certain areas of the scalp in a predictable pattern. This is why hair transplantation surgery works; hair follicles that do not have this sensitivity can be transplanted from the back or sides of the scalp into an area where thinning has started and they will continue to grow as though they were in their original location.
However, every person only has a finite number of hair follicles, and while a hair transplant can move those follicles around to create the appearance of fuller, thicker hair, it cannot restore life to hair follicles that have stopped producing hair entirely. Moreover, even though a hair transplant will place healthy, growing follicles into an area that has been affected by genetic pattern hair loss, it will not prevent the condition from advancing further. Without some form of treatment to keep further hair loss from occurring after a hair transplant, the older hair follicles near the crown (or in other areas where genetic hair loss is present) will eventually start to thin, creating a very unnatural looking result. This is why every patient needs to adhere to an individually formulated hair loss prevention plan, even after undergoing a hair restoration procedure. At The Griffin Center, this plan can incorporate a variety of different elements, but often includes a prescription blend of certain concentrations of minoxidil (in the form of topically applied Rogaine®) and/or finasteride (in the form of an oral dose of Propecia® or Proscar®) depending on the patient’s personal medical history. We also employ non-surgical hair restoration techniques, such as platelet rich plasma, red light laser therapy, or microneedling with growth factors as necessary to achieve the best possible results.
At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research we often say that it’s the details that make the difference. For more than forty years we have been treating the various forms of hair loss, so you can be sure that we will work with you to maintain the very best long term hair restoration results. If you are interested in learning more about your non-surgical and/or surgical hair restoration options follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full consultation and determine what treatment options are right for you.