Carniol Plastic Surgery NJ Hair Loss Center offers a number of treatments tailored to your needs.
Hair loss can be difficult for many people. Approximately 70% of men and 40% of women are affected by hair loss. Hair loss can have significant psychological effects. It can diminish your sense of self worth and your self confidence, and prevent you from doing things that you used to enjoy. At the Carniol Plastic Surgery NJ Hair Loss Center, we understand the importance of your hair loss and help you regain that confidence while enjoying thick, healthy hair again.
What are the most common causes of hair loss?
The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia (AGA). In men, this is also called male-pattern hair loss and in women, is called female-pattern hair loss.
AGA is the cause of 95% of hair loss in men. Testosterone circulates through the blood stream until it is converted in the scalp to dihydrotestostone (DHT). Women make a much smaller amount of testosterone naturally, and this can also be converted at the scalp into DHT. DHT then acts on the hair cells that are sensitive to it. This leads to the typical male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss. Some women however, will develop hair loss in a pattern similar to men.
Getting To the Root of the Problem of Hair Loss
As we all know, women and men are different. There are a number of causes of hair loss, which occur more commonly in women than men. As appropriate, women should be evaluated for these. For example, these can relate to thyroid or autoimmune disorders as well as a marker of hormonal or nutritional issues. Treatment of hair loss in women can vary depending on the cause of their hair loss. The Drs. Carniol work with endocrinologists (hormone specialists) and dermatologists to create a multidisciplinary team to take the best care of our patients.
As hair loss usually is an ongoing process, it is beneficial to stop further hair loss. In addition to treating any underlying medical problems, these include PRP (see our blog post!), Lasers, Nutritional supplements and topical medications.
Benefits of Hair Transplant
Hair transplants are more frequently used in men. These involve transplanting follicular units (FUs) of hair to the areas with the hair loss. FUs are a significant improvement over the “plugs” that were used years ago that looked unnatural. Typically, a FU has 1-4 hairs grouped together. This is a much better technique than was used in the past. These hairs are taken from the back of the hair bearing scalp removing only the units themselves (FUE) or a strip from which the units are extracted (FUT).
After transplant, the full effect can take several months as the hair cells take time to become activated.
Several patients have allowed usage of their long-term photos. As you can see, there is an excellent appearance of natural results. Patients want a procedure that looks natural, so no one will know, and that is always our mission.
Hair Transplant IS NOT needed for all patients
Many patients that are seen can be treated by non-surgical treatments. In the office, we perform platelet-rich plasma therapies, recommend nutritional supplements, perform biopsies to discover the type of hair loss when needed, and recommend other medical therapies.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
PRP treatments to the scalp bring a high level of growth factors to rejuvenate the scalp and allow for healthy, fuller hair in both women and men. In the office, a small amount of blood is taken from your arm. It is then spun in a centrifuge. The growth factors and platelets are then separated, and combined to make a platelet rich fibrin and platelet rich plasma combination. This is injected into the scalp. By using this technology, the growth factors are even more effective! We use this treatment together with hair transplant to get the best results.
Does Dr. Carniol do “scarless hair transplant?”
Unfortunately, the term “scarless” was always known to be false advertising, but highly publicized in the press. Dr. Carniol performs the FUE technique which makes tiny scars about 1 millimeter long. Even with buzz cut, these incisions are not noticeable. This technique can be great for many patients.
Can a patient be “too bald” for transplant?
Yes. Patients that are in advanced stages of hair loss actually may not have the supply of healthy hairs that can be transplanted to the top of the head. Some patients may have chest or body hair that can be transplanted in that case. This is why Dr. Carniol always wish to see patients even at very early stages of hair loss to stop the progression of loss!
Does Dr. Carniol do gender-reaffirming hair transplant?
Dr. Carniol works with many transgender patients to achieve the outcomes that they desire. Hairline design must be carefully performed in order to have the hair match the desired appearance. The “male” and “female” hairlines are different, and if you are considering or in the process of transitioning, speak with Dr. Carniol about your goals. He will work with your other doctors including hormone specialists (endocrinologists) and general plastic surgeons to coordinate your care!