The Best Solutions for Hair Loss: Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

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Androgenetic alopecia or common male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. Approximately 25% of men who suffer with male pattern baldness begin the painful process before they reach the age of 21.(1)

According to The Washington Post, American hair loss sufferers spend more than 3.5 billion dollars a year in an attempt to combat baldness. Unfortunately, 99% of all products being marketed in the less-than-ethical hair loss treatment industry are completely ineffective for the majority of those who use them.

As a leading hair loss clinic, we use only proven hair loss solutions, as well as offer both surgical and non-surgical options.

NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS:

Propecia

Finasteride’s success is due to its ability to specifically inhibit Type II 5-alpha-reductace, the enzyme that converts testosterone into a more potent androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Propecia’s 1-mg dose of finasteride can effectively lower DHT levels by as much as 60% when taken daily. It is DHT that shrinks the hair follicle, which eventually leads to baldness. This 60% reduction in DHT has proven to stop the progression of hair loss in 86% of men taking the drug during clinical trials. 65% of trial participants experienced what was considered a substantial increase in hair growth.

Rogaine

Minoxidil (loniten) was the first drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Since minoxidil has no effect on the hormonal process of hair loss, its positive effects are not as noticeable as other forms of non-surgical hair therapy. However, it is still encouraged as a solution for hair loss sufferers.

PRP Therapy

PRP has been used as for over two decades for skin and wound healing. PRP (platelet-rich plasma) has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine, and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last 20 years with generally positive outcomes and success. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase. In the field of hair restoration. Evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option for hair loss, and we've seen added hair growth when used in conjunction with hair transplants

Laser Therapy
Low-level laser hair therapy, or LLHT is a completely safe hair loss treatment. LLHT devices work by emitting a specific wavelength of light from a laser diode which is able to rejuvenate the cells that hair follicles need for oxygen and nutrients. This process ultimately increases cell metabolism and reduces the effects of dihydrotesterone, also known as DHT.

Our patients have seen success with LaserCap®, a portable home device that uses low-level laser light treatment (LLLT) to treat female and male hair loss, thinning, shedding, and receding hair lines. The device has 224 low-level laser lights built inside a flexible dome shaped membrane which provides LLLT exposure to the entire scalp and optimal power for the maximum results.


SURGICAL OPTIONS: 

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
This type of hair surgery is ideal for hair candidates that need an extensive amount of hair for their frontal area and/or crown. The reason this procedure is ideal is because a large amount of grafts can be extracted at once. Because the procedure is less time consuming, it's also more cost-effective.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
This form of hair transplantation is a good choice for patients who need a smaller amount of grafts and do not want the liner scar that happens as a result of FUT. Being a pioneer in the filed of FUE, Dr. Stoller was one of the first surgeons to use the tools associated with this procedure and is well known as a go-to doctor for this form of restoration.

Artas Robotic Surgery
Dr. Stoller is one of the few Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons to perform Artas Robotic Surgery in New York. This is important because a doctor with this degree has extensive training with surgical procedures that surpass other types of doctors that perform hair restoration such as family doctors and dermatologists. Dr. Stoller has extracted over 50,000 grafts for transplant utilizing this procedure.

References
(1) American Hair Loss Association

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New York Facial Plastic Surgeon