Hair restoration describes procedures that address pattern baldness in both male and female patients. The most effective method of filling in balding areas is transplantation, a minor surgical procedure during which grafts are moved from the back and sides of the head to balding areas of the scalp.
Baldness or thinning hair can greatly affect patient self-esteem and make you look older than you are, not to mention all the extra time and effort you spend trying to disguise baldness with less effective hair restoration methods.
For more information about hair transplant surgery and options for hair restoration in Memphis, please call Dr. Langsdon’s office at 1-888-816-FACE or contact us. We look forward to helping you feel confident and youthful once again.
Your Consultation for Hair Restoration in Memphis
To create the best possible experience, it’s a good idea to come to your consultation prepared with questions and ready to voice your concerns. We want you to share what results you expect from your procedure, so Dr. Langsdon can offer the most effective consult and share outcomes from different treatment methods. Below are some questions you may be asked during your consultation to help better diagnose the onset of hair loss.
- When did you notice your hair loss?
- Are you experiencing hair breakage or is the hair fully intact when it comes out?
- Does hair loss run in your family?
- Do you have a history of thyroid problems, asthma, diabetes, lupus or anemia?
You can also view our before and after gallery of patients who have been treated by Dr. Langsdon. Here, you will get a first-hand view of what you can expect from your procedure. At your initial appointment, Dr. Langsdon discusses the treatment process, healing, and recovery, so you know what takes place during all phases of care.
Why Male Patients Choose Hair Transplants
Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is the cause of 95% of hair loss or hair thinning in men. Baldness can occur in stages and progress through adult life. As men age, they can experience additional hair loss with the natural decline in testosterone production. Some testosterone is required to grow hair, and when men lose the minimum requirement of testosterone, they may experience additional hair loss.
Some testosterone is naturally converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is often the cause of hair loss on the front and crown of the scalp. Each man can produce differing percentages of DHT, and hair follicles vary in sensitivity to DHT. Therefore, patterns of hair loss and the need for treatment are not the same for everyone. In men with extremely high levels of DHT or in those whose hair follicles are very sensitive to DHT, hair loss may appear.
The hair on the side and back of the scalp is more resistant to DHT. These hair follicles may be transplanted to the bald or thinning areas because they are genetically programmed to be resistant to common causes of balding.
Hair Restoration for Women
Hair loss may occur in up to 30% of women and is usually more diffuse, compared to male pattern baldness. When women sustain hormonal hair loss, it is usually seen as a generalized thinning.
Women naturally produce some testosterone, and small amounts are required to grow hair. As female patients go through menopause and hormones decline, they also lose testosterone. If the minimum requirement of testosterone is no longer produced, hair restoration may be necessary. The following blood test may be important in determining the cause of hair loss:
- Check hormone levels: estradiol, testosterone, DHEA’s, follicular stimulating hormone, prolactin
- Thyroid (T3, T4, TSH, reverse T3, free T3, free T4
- Complete blood count
- Total iron binding capacity (many people are iron deficient)
Meet Dr. Langsdon
Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS is Professor and Chief, Division Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Oto-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. Dr. Langsdon’s career has been limited and focused entirely on Facial Plastic Surgery and he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in this field.
Options for Hair Restoration in Memphis with Dr. Langsdon
It is our opinion non-surgical treatments can be added before and after hair transplantation for best results. Some of the options include:
- Medications: Minoxidil (also known as Rogaine®) and Finasteride (also known as Propecia)
- Low-level laser therapy
- Follicular unit hair transplantation
Although the above hair restoration treatments may help treat hair loss, we are not enthusiastic about all of them. Finasteride can help slow hair loss, but there are reports of the occasional impact on male sexual performance. Hair transplantation is the most effective treatment available.
Hair Transplantation Surgery at The Langsdon Clinic
Hair restoration using graft harvesting is completed as an outpatient procedure in our certified and licensed operating room. Our facility has all the technology that the state requires of a hospital or out-patient surgery center operating room. At the Langsdon Clinic, we can safely and legally carry out mild sedation in our state licensed operating room that makes the harvesting process much more pleasant.
Once the light anesthesia is administered, the area is numbed, and the grafts are harvested, Dr. Langsdon uses two techniques for hair transplantation: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT).
The FUE method involves taking individual hair follicles directly from the scalp and placing them in areas where more hair is desired. This method works best on small areas where not much hair is needed. There is minimal downtime, no staples, or scalp incisions.
The FUT or strip method uses donor hair from a strip of tissue taken from the back of the scalp. There is a small linear incision made, but this is easily concealed. This method allows for a higher amount of grafts to be transplanted, making it the ideal method for a large treatment area.
After the hair follicles are removed for preparation, the sedation is completed. Patients are then moved into a relaxing recovery area where they can sit up and relax. Placement usually takes a few hours, depending on the number of grafts needed.
About Follicular Unit Grafts
Tiny grafts of scalp containing one, two, or three hairs are gathered in our office. They are called Follicular Unit Grafts. Occasionally, slightly larger grafts may be used in certain areas of the scalp during the hair restoration procedure.
This technique of hair transplantation has been used successfully for fifty years, and new refinements in methods continue to improve results. Hair restoration from transplantation redistributes the hair over a bald or thinning area.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hair Transplants
Discomfort is usually minimal after hair restoration. However, there may be some mild tenderness from the donor area that resolves in a few days.
There is some moderate swelling around the transplanted area. Most swelling resolves in the first week, but there may be some minor residual swelling that could take longer to resolve. This swelling is not apparent to many patients.
Crusting can occur around each graft site. This problem occurs because of tissue oozing from the tiny puncture made to accept the hair graft. Crusting will resolve in several days (usually in twoweeks), and we instruct each patient on how to rinse and care for their scalp to move this process along. We also help advise patients if their crusting does not subside in this period. Once crusting resolves, the transplant sites may become a little pink for a few weeks.
Many follicles go dormant after transplant. It can take a few months to see the hairs begin to grow. Although some hairs may start growing right after they are transplanted, you should not expect substantial growth for several months.
The density of transplanted hair depends on several factors such as hair type, amount of hair you have available to transplant, amount of hair loss, general health, and the area you are trying to cover. Because there must be enough space between grafts to support their survival with a healthy blood supply, no surgeon can place the hairs right next to each other. The density will depend on your hair shaft thickness, color and whether it is curly or straight. Although many people achieve a nice redistribution of hair, the density may need to be increased with additional treatment or future thinning may necessitate a second treatment later in life.
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