Hair Restoration Miami: Introduction to automated techniques
While some people have a natural tendency to hair loss, others may just be dealing with too much stress, having poor nutrition or perhaps styling their hair the wrong way. If you are experiencing patches of hair loss, there is good news for you! Thanks to technological advances now patients can enjoy the advantages of hair restoration Miami without having to undergo an extremely painful procedure.
Hair loss in men and women is an aesthetic and emotional problem in patients with androgenic alopecia or the common baldness, which generally happens in older patients together with changes of the facial proportions. Hair serves as one of the most important cosmetic functions in humans. The purpose of hair restoration Miami is to offer immediate aesthetic results. This procedure can also be employed on cicatricial alopecia, also known as scarring alopecia, mainly caused by physical and chemical agents.
Hair restoration Miami involves removing the Follicular Unit (UF) from donor sites and transplanting them on patches of hair loss or receiving areas.
It is important the physician makes sure each patient goes through an evaluation before undergoing the procedure. Patients should have clear and realistic expectations depending on the area to be treated, how much hair is available in the donor area, and the thickness of the hair in the Follicular Unit (UF).
Hair structure and growth
Hair can be very complex, much more than what we see. We generally talk about the visible part, which is the hair shaft. The non-visible part is the hair root, which is embedded in the skin. The root of the hair ends with the hair bulb. In the hair bulb is where all the reproductive functions leading to the formation of hair occurs.
Hair growth in a cycle with three different phases: growth phase, transition phase, and resting phase. First comes the growth phase, also called anagen phase where the bulb cell reproduces allowing new hair to grow, taking about three to five years for men and six to seven years for women. During the transition phase or catagen phase, cells don’t reproduce any longer but enter a resting phase rising to the surface. Then during the last stage resting or telogen phase the hair is ready to fall out, which may take about three months.
Understanding how alopecia occurs
Alopecia can happen at any age when the immune system starts attacking hair follicles, which is where hair growth occurs. This damage is generally not permanent. Alopecia areata is common in people younger than 20 yet children and adults can also be affected by it. Both women and men are equally affected. It starts with clumps of hair falling out causing hairless areas on the scalp. In some cases, the hair will just become thinner. Around 10% of patients with this condition won’t regrow hair again. You have more chances of hair loss if:
- There is family history with this condition.
- The condition occurred at a young age.
- The presence of another autoimmune illness.
- Have frequent allergies.
- Excessive hair loss.
- Abnormal shape, color and thickness of toenails and fingernails.
Although alopecia cannot be cured, it can be treated. Generally, individuals who have an incident of hair loss will keep on experiencing it from time to time.
Candidates for hair restoration Miami
The best candidates for hair transplant include:
- Men or women with realistic expectations.
- Men losing hair caused by MPB for more than five years or those advancing to Norwood class 3 or higher.
- Men balding for many years and or who are interested in just adding more hair to look younger.
- Men or women who lost hair caused by trauma or injuries.
- Men and women who lost hair as a consequence of other cosmetic procedures.
- Patients with female pattern alopecia.
- Patients with scarring (cicatricial) alopecia.
Hair restoration techniques
The field of hair restoration has evolved overtime bringing providing us with some amazing techniques. It’s important to remember these techniques need a surgeon with experience in this field. This is vital to achieving the best results. Below are some of the most popular techniques currently used by prestigious surgeons nationwide and worldwide.
FUSS hair transplant (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery)
This is known as the strip technique, where partial longitudinal follicular units are transplanted to the recipient area. Follicular units are extracted manually. This technique can be painful and have a very slow recovery in addition to the aesthetic problems that may arise after surgery such as scaring. This technique doesn’t allow us to select the UF by the quantity of the hair since hairs are extracted by blocks.
FUE hair transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction)
This method is considered a revolutionary method that uses an automated system (NeoGraft FUE) and allows extraction of UF with microponches of 0.8 mm and absorption of these follicles allowing proper selection UF by hair quantity. Thanks to technology the procedure is more efficient. It’s not painful, with no scaring, which helps with recovery. This procedure is also performed in a much shorter period of time, which makes patients feel more comfortable.
Robotic hair transplant (Robotic FUE)
Using a robotic arm the UF is extracted through a sophisticated software that uses complex algorithms to find and extract the follicles individually and implant them accordingly. This technique improves the quality of the implants and has a higher rate of success as it’s more probable that follicular units will live.