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Directors View On Ultimate Hair Restoration

The Directors/Producers Views, Experiences and Positive outlook on Hair Restoration.

Before I get into the sheer amazement I have seen in the past 2 years of doing Video Production, Directing and editing for an amazing hair restoration company, let me introduce myself.

My name is Tim, and I own and operate Fourten Visuals Motion Pictures and video production in San Diego.   I have had the honor to do video commercials and web video for a Company called Ultimate Hair in San Diego over the past few years.   As Someone with thinning hair myself, I related with a lot of the issues, feelings and questions that go behind wanting to get your hair back to a fuller state.

I found myself astounded at the results not only for men, but for women also from Ultimate Hair.  Through Doing Video Testimonials I found that this is a life changing experience for a lot of people, and the enhancement of quality of life after the hair restoration or hair replacement procedures is one of the most amazing things I have ever encountered.  Not only does it give people their sense of confidence back, but everyone I encountered also goes back to being more active after the Ultimate Hair Restoration.  I have filmed these clients underwater, swimming, surfing, wake boarding and many other amazing things that we are lucky enough to be able to do on a daily basis here in Southern California.

On another note, all of the San Diego hair replacement Client testimonials, action shots, photos and lifestyle videos are all actual Ultimate Hair Clients from the San Diego Location.  After Watching Various Videos from other hair restoration companies, I was disappointed to see that all of them use actors, and most of the actors and procedures are NOT event their clients.   Not any of the Videos from the Other “So Called” Hair Restoration Companies do you see the actual client in real lifestyle situation and in the water.  Everything seems to be staged.  These Companies Include Hair Club For Men, Bosley Medical and Dermetex.   It seems to be that companies like that mislead you just to get you in and sign you up for something you may not even need and I know this for an absolute fact!

On that Note, one of the things I have seen at Ultimate Hair is the Amazing level of personal attention.  Everyone’s hair loss is different in one way or the other, and Ultimate Hair really takes the time to find out whats best for the client.  The Hair Restoration at Ultimate Hair is truly an amazing process and with their Virtual Imaging System, you can actually see what you would look like with a fully restored head of hair.  Ultimate Hair is truly an amazing company to work with, and what they do for peoples self esteem, confidence and overall lifestyle is incomprehensible.

If you are having problems with thinning hair, and just tired of seeing misleading information all over then internet, I suggest you make your first and last stop at Ultimate Hair In San Diego.  It will Change your life.

Here is a Video I did Recently for them and you really gotta check out the underwater and surfboard cam shots.   Enjoy.

How to Get Long, Beautiful Hair with Extensions

Have you ever thought about just how important the hair on your head is? A bad hair day can completely affect your demeanor all day long, while a good hair day gives you that extra push of confidence to rock what you’ve got proudly. As always, long, healthy hair is desired by women all over the world, but growing your hair out, while properly caring for it, can take whole years. It doesn’t help that hair grows at different rates for everyone.

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However, there’s no need to wait years for long hair. Hair extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years. In the past, hair extensions were mainly made from synthetic fibers that looked and felt fake, but these days, hair extensions can be made from real, healthy human hair that blends into your own to create long, luscious locks.

Ultimate Hair Dynamics here in San Diego offers hair extension services to add length and fullness, giving you the advantage of countless good hair days.

Hair Fibers

When considering hair extensions, one of the first things you’ll want to think about is the type of fiber used in the extensions.

Synthetic fibers, like Kanekalon and Toyokalon, differ from brand to brand, but tend to be a bit cheaper than alternatives. Although synthetic hair comes in a wide range of colors and textures, it is also more sensitive to heat and is thus harder to style and even wash with hot water.

Human hair is an alternative that can be treated like normal hair—heat styling, coloring, and all. Ultimate Hair Dynamics uses high-quality hair from Europe and Russia, as these are two of the best areas to find top quality donated hair.

Levels of Hair Extension Quality

Quality tends to supersede all other factors. Hair extensions have three levels of quality.

  • Virgin hair: As you might guess by the name, virgin hair is not processed in any way. There have been no coloring or texture treatments. Virgin hair is collected by tying off the hair on the donor’s head, thus maintaining direction of roots and tips, before being cut.
  • Remy: This is the high-quality hair UHD makes use of. These extensions consist of human hair wherein the strands are organized correctly (i.e. with the roots in one direction and the tips at the other). This prevents tangling and ensures proper shine.
  • Non-remy: The roots and tips are all mixed up, making tangling a problem as all the opposing cuticles tend to catch on each other. However, non-remy hair is still the most common and the most inexpensive.

Integrating Hair Extensions

Methods of integrating the hair extensions vary and have changed greatly over the years.

The “track and sew” method is one of the most common and long-lasting. This method involves sewing the wefts of hair into “tracks,” usually cornrows or braids, using a blunt-ended needle. The thread used in this sewing often depends on the hair color (dark thread for dark hair, etc.). This enables a secure feel and natural look.

Clip-in hair extensions have become popular recently. In this method, the weft is attached to a small clip or a row of clips. These clips are then attached in layers under your natural hair. The clips remain invisible, while the extensions blend into your hair. Unlike the traditional “track and sew” method, clip-in extensions take only minutes to apply properly. Even better, they can be removed if necessary or can be saved for special occasions.

Caring for Your Extensions

Here are a few tips for hair extension care:

  • Brush your hair often (but not too often) to remove any tangles, starting at the ends and working your way up.
  • When shampooing, wet your hair with warm water and lightly lather your hair up. Rinse with cool to warm water. For synthetic hair, you may want to consider using a mild shampoo or even a wig shampoo.
  • A light conditioner will reduce tangling. Use one designed for dry, damaged hair.

In most cases, you can treat extensions the way you would normal hair, albeit a little gentler.

 

Premature Hair Loss: Are You Too Young to be Balding?

We all get older. It’s one of the things we can count on in life. Some people are excited to grow up. It means staying out late and doing things you couldn’t as a kid. Others wish they could return to childhood, to that doe-eyed sense of naïve bliss.

Everyone ages differently. Some people seem to perpetually look like high school students, while others have deep lines and wrinkles. One of the most common signs of aging is hair loss. Baldness affects as many as two-thirds of men over the age of 60. Even some women—about one in four—will suffer some form of hair loss by age 50. Believe it or not, some men and women lose their hair even earlier in their 20s and 30s.

For those not so fond of hair loss, there are numerous methods for restoring hair such as surgical or non-surgical hair replacement. However, as ominous as the numbers might seem, understand that hair loss is natural, and to many people, baldness is actually a distinguished trait.

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Understanding Hair Loss

Hair is made up of a protein known as keratin, which is the same material that makes up fingernails and the outer layer of human skin. The hair that we see actually consists of long strings of dead keratin cells, which makes sense; otherwise, haircuts would be entirely painful affairs. As hair follicles grow new hair, old hair is pushed out of the skin in the head, which happens at an average rate of seven inches a year.

Of the over 100,000 hairs on your head, you will shed about 100 strands of hair over the course of the day. Before you panic, understand that this is perfectly normal and that your hair is constantly restoring itself.

As you age, your hair will gradually thin out. This is known as involutional alopecia and leads to loss of hair around the crown and temples. Just about everyone will experience thinning hair in old age, but what about losing hair even younger?

Am I Too Young to be Balding?

Although baldness generally affects older individuals, premature balding is not at all unheard of.

  • The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness tends to occur after menopause, while male pattern baldness can happen in a man’s 20s, if not earlier. The main thing to understand about pattern baldness is that it is genetic.

 

Androgenetic alopecia is caused by the presence of excess hormones, namely testosterone and DHT, which drastically affect hair’s growth cycle. The hormones cause hair to shed more rapidly, simultaneously killing hair follicles. This leads to baldness in the front and top of the scalp, leaving the sides relatively intact.

  • Certain medications can cause premature hair loss as well. Supplements for thyroid hormones can cause hair to shed, though conjointly, a lack of thyroid hormone can also lead to baldness. Medications for chemotherapy will, of course, lead to premature hair loss as well, though this is usually temporary. Some antidepressants and medications for mood disorders and seizures can also potentially lead to hair loss. Most of these pharmaceuticals will list hair loss as a potential side effect though.

 

  • Trichotillomania is a disorder noted by a compulsive desire to pull out one’s hair. This disorder is similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder and can generally be treated with therapy and antidepressants. Excessive hair pulling can damage the follicles, enough to the point that they cease to function.

 

  • Malnutrition can also play a factor in premature hair loss. Remember that what you put into your body affects all of its functions, which includes hair growth. Your body needs to absorb a regular supply of vitamins and minerals. Lack of proper nutrition means your hair has nothing to sustain itself on.

 

  • Stress and emotional instability can have very real physical effects on your body, including hair loss. Excessive stress can force hair follicles into the resting phase. This can result in molting or massive hair loss. This condition is known as telogen effluvium and usually follows major stressful events or severe illnesses. Over time, the condition should reverse and your hair should grow back. In the mean time, make sure to calm down and try not to worry too much.

Sometimes premature hair loss occurs even without any of the above causes. In any case, it may be best to assess your lifestyle and make any changes that you feel could be deteriorating your health and the health of your hair. You can always schedule a consultation with us to talk about your hair restoration options as well.

 

The Anatomy of Hair

When it comes to fashion accessories, hair is probably the most versatile and effective. All those expensive necklaces and bracelets and gaudy rings can’t match up to a good hair style, but hair isn’t as simple as you might think. Hair is a complex mammalian material that has different parts with different functions. It just happens to be outside your body and can be cut and styled. Hair is not just a material with a biological function; it becomes a part of our psychological identity. Even those suffering from baldness can make use of hair restoration services and enjoy the stylistic aspects of hair.

Although it might not always be obvious, we are covered in hair. Aside from the bottoms of our feet and the palms of our hands, our entire bodies consist of tiny hairs, making it a much more prevalent matter than we might initially believe.

So what is hair and what does it consist of? Let’s take a closer look at the fine anatomy of hair.

The Follicle

Hair consists of two structures: the follicle, deeply embedded in the skin, and the shaft, which is visible to us. The follicle is the skin organ that produces hair and consists of several layers, each with a different function. The hair follicle is an important component of successful surgical hair replacement procedures, as this can be considered the “root” of the hair which successfully continues to grow after transplantation.

  • At the base of the follicle is the papilla, which is made up mainly of connective tissue and capillaries that feed the cells.
  • Wrapped around the papilla is the bulb or hair matrix, a collection of epithelial cells and melanocytes, which produce the hair’s pigment. The bulb is the living part of hair, and cell division in the bulb leads to the main structures in hair fiber as well as the inner and outer sheaths. Cells in the bulb divide every 23 to 72 hours, which is faster than any other cell in the body.
  • Surrounding the follicle are the inner and outer sheaths. These protect and shape the hair shaft. The inner sheath follows the hair shaft and ends just below the opening of a sebaceous gland, while the outer sheath continues up the gland.
  • An arrector pili, which attaches to a fibrous layer around the outer sheath, is a muscle responsible for making your hair stand up when it contracts. For those with little body hair, contraction of the arrector pili muscle causes goosebumps.
  • Sebaceous glands are found all over the body. These glands produce an oily, waxy substance called sebum. An overabundance of sebum tends to cause acne, but the substance is necessary for the skin’s lubrication. Sebum is vital to hair as it acts as a natural conditioner.
  • The bulge is part of the outer sheath and is located at the insertion point of the arrector pili muscle. The bulge contains several types of stem cells, supplying the hair follicle with new cells. The bulge also takes part in healing the epidermis after a wound.

The Shaft

The hair shaft, as mentioned earlier, is the visible part of the hair. The shaft is composed of keratin, which is a fibrous protein that is a key structural component in our nails and the horns of other mammals. The hair shaft consists of no biochemical activity and is considered dead, which is good because cutting your hair would otherwise be a terrifying, painful experience!

The hair shaft is made up of three layers: the medulla, cortex, and cuticle.

  • The medulla is the innermost layer of the shaft but it is not always present.
  • The cortex is the middle layer and takes up a majority of the hair shaft. The cortex is highly structured and organized and is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake. The cortex also contains melanin, which is responsible for skin pigmentation and, in this case, hair color. The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex. A hair’s curliness is determined by the shape of the hair fiber. Asian hair, for instance, tends to have a round fiber and is thus straight. Oval or irregularly-shaped fibers lead to curly or wavy hair.
  • The cuticle is the outer covering for the hair shaft. The cuticle is made up of a formation of tightly packed scales set in an overlapping structure, kind of like roof shingles. This structure slides as the hair swells. The cuticle is also covered with a thin molecular layer of lipids that allows the hair to repel water. Most hair conditioner products target the cuticle.

 

Hair Replacement Options for Women

Once, it was believed that men were the only ones who had to deal with hair loss. However, female pattern baldness has become an all too common occurrence. Millions of women deal with thinning hair or bald spots.

Many women choose to hide their thinning hair and feel ashamed or unattractive. Rather than concealing their hair, women should understand that balding, thinning hair is perfectly normal and usually at no one’s fault.

Most importantly, women suffering hair loss should maintain hope: there are numerous effective hair replacement options available. Let’s take a look at the causes of female pattern baldness and the surgical and non-surgical methods of restoring that hair.

Causes for Female Hair Loss

Pinning hair loss on any single cause is hard. There are dozens of possible reasons a women may be losing her hair. What makes things even more difficult is the fact that the patterns of hair loss in women are not as easily identifiable as those in men.

Some causes for women’s hair loss include:

Genetics – The most common cause of scalp hair loss, in both men and women, is entirely hereditary. Androgenic alopecia is an inherited sensitivity to the effects of male hormones (androgens) on scalp hair follicles. After reaching menopause, for instance, women may find that their hair has become thinner.

Normally, when a hair follicle falls out, it is replaced by a hair of equal size and thickness. For women with female pattern baldness, the new hair is finer and thinner. This cycle continues with thinner and thinner hair until the hair quits growing altogether.

A simple way to determine your susceptibility to hair loss is to look at your parents or grandparents, and so on. Hair loss can be hereditary both maternally and paternally. If any of your family suffers from thin hair or scalp baldness, you might have to deal with the same in the future.

Medical conditions – Numerous medical conditions can bring about hair loss, the most common including:

  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Alopecia areata
  • Pregnancy (which may cause imbalances in hormones)
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Some skin conditions

However, signs of baldness or hair loss caused by these medical conditions are often temporary and subside in a matter of weeks.

Environmental – Sometimes, hair loss comes down to outside agents. Extreme stress can lead to all sorts of physiological problems, including hair loss. Dramatic weight loss or a lack of certain nutrients can take a hard toll on your body and your hair.

Sometimes, hair loss is attributed to self-inflicted causes. Over-tight hairstyles like cornrows or braids can lead to traction alopecia. Take into consideration the types of manipulation done to your hair (dyes, chemicals, blow dryers, flat irons, and more), all of which can cause damage or breakage.

Replacing and Restoring Hair

Understanding the causes of hair loss, let’s take a look at a few ways to prevent and restore your hair.

Diet –Eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prevent hair loss. Some foods worth considering include:

  • Oats can speed up hair growth with high levels of iron, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which is essential to healthy hair and skin.
  • Turkey is a great source of niacin, which promotes healthy blood circulation. Increased blood circulation means more oxygen to your scalp and hair follicles and thus better hair growth.

Pharmacology

  • Minoxidil, which goes by the brand name Rogaine, is an FDA-approved hair restoration drug and can either be taken as a pill or applied topically. Surprisingly, Minoxidil seems to be more effective on women suffering androgenic alopecia than men. However, product labeling suggests that women only use the 2% concentration of Minoxidil. The higher 5% concentration is only prescribed under the supervision of a dermatologist.
  • Propecia (finastiride), is another pharmaceutical option that is more common. This drug inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT, the hormone that often causes hair loss. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this option, because it isn’t always recommended for women, and certainly shouldn’t be taken or handled by pregnant women.

Surgery – When worse comes to worst, surgery is always an option. The two most common surgical methods of hair restoration are transplants and scalp reduction (with transplantation being highly recommended over scalp reduction).

  • Hair transplants are probably the more popular of the two methods. Hair transplantation is completely safe and easy. During the procedure hair follicles are taken from donor areas of a woman’s scalp. Eligible donor areas are the parts of your scalp that have strong hair growth. The hair follicles are then surgically placed into the bald or thinning areas, and the hair continues to live and reproduce after being transplanted.

Hair Duplication – A unique, detailed process goes into creating this non-surgical hair replacement. Perfectly matched real human hair blends seamlessly and naturally into your own hair type. This is a durable, aesthetically pleasing choice for many men and women.

Remember to consult a professional to fully understand your options and make the best choice.

 

How Hair Replacement Works and Different Techniques

As important as a person’s clothes and accessories might be to his sense of fashion, the hairstyle can completely make or break the overall look. Unfortunately, many men suffer hair loss and eventual baldness.

Although baldness has become generally accepted by society and is often a sign of maturity and sophistication, some individuals do not find their baldness attractive, and lose quite a bit of self-esteem along with their hair.

However, if you are suffering a receding hair line or bald spots, don’t fret. There are numerous hair replacement procedures and techniques available to you. Let’s take a look at some effective hair replacement treatments.

 

Non-Surgical

With non-surgical hair replacement, the aim is to conceal or otherwise reduce visible bald spots without the use of any invasive procedures. Non-surgical methods are generally reserved for those with extensive hair loss.

-Hair duplication. Non-surgical hair replacement techniques include hair duplication. This technique in itself has many options, but generally consists of matching real human hair and/or finely crafted synthetic hair to your own. Experts match the texture, thickness, curliness/straightness, and growth pattern perfectly to your own.

This hair is then acutely implemented into a base (of which there are many choices). The final result can be attached to your scalp with whichever method you prefer, but includes various advanced adhesives and other methods. It is breathable, natural, and durable. You can even go swimming and shower without having to worry.

 

-Pharmacological options. If you are suffering from hair loss, you may consider turning to pharmaceutical options, although results with hair duplication are generally more satisfactory.

Minoxidil is the only FDA approved drug on the market and can be taken orally or applied topically to the scalp. Minoxidil works to increase the strength of your existing hair, and though there have been a few reports of hair growth, the drug is mainly effective in increasing the thickness of hair that still exists.

Finasteride is available over the counter and claims to reverse the effects of balding by decreasing DHT. DHT is the main hormone that causes hair loss and baldness. Though there aren’t any guarantees, Finasteride has a fairly loyal following of men touting its hair growth abilities.

 

Surgical

Some men and women are more interested in surgical options. However, in order to be eligible for these slightly invasive hair replacement treatments, you must have existing hair either on the sides or the back of your head.

-Hair transplants. Although hair transplantation held some risks in the past, recent advancements in technology have made the procedure much safer and thus more popular. This method takes hair follicles from areas of your scalp with healthy, thick hair growth and transplants them into the balding areas.

With a few treatments, you could get back that full head of hair you want. Even better, the hair transplants are all natural because they came from your own head. This procedure has also made significant advancements, and looks completely natural. The hair can continue to grow in its new place naturally.

 

Preventing Hair Loss

While if baldness is hereditary for you, or otherwise unavoidable, there are some things you can do early-on to at least slow or reduce balding.

You may not think there are significant effects of stress on your scalp, but constantly being bombarded with physical and emotional stress is not healthy or enjoyable. Get enough sleep. Exercise reduces stress and keeps your blood circulating.

Take care of your hair. Wash regularly, but not too often. Be gentle with your hair. Don’t use harsh hair products. Remember that hair is like any other organ in your body and needs nourishment. Eat right and make sure you have a balanced diet to ensure healthy hair and a healthy scalp.

If you’re experiencing balding, remember that there are options for hair replacement that are effective and undetectable (even to you). You’re also not alone. Millions of men and women deal with hair loss all around you. However, you no longer have to passively accept it.

 

 

Choosing Between Surgical and Non-Surgical Hair Replacements

For many men, male pattern baldness is a natural part of life – for some, from as early as their twenties. Though baldness has become perfectly acceptable by social standards, most men find the loss of hair inconvenient in addition to its effects on self-esteem and confidence.

Fortunately, recent advancements in science and technology have allowed men to replace and restore their hair, through both surgical and non-surgical methods.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the things that might cause hair loss.

Why Am I Losing My Hair?

No two doctors have the same opinion on the direct cause of hair loss, mainly because no single cause exists. Some of the more common causes include:

Hormonal changes. Hormones regulate all operations in the body, from physical growth to mood changes to hunger cravings. Hair growth is also maintained by hormones.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a naturally occurring male sex hormone and generally does not pose much of a problem. However, an excessive amount of DHT prevents nutrients from reaching hair follicles. Hair, like any other living thing, needs nutrition in order to stay healthy. A lack of nourishment causes your hair follicles to reproduce at a slower rate, inhibiting growth, and eventually causing loss of hair.

-Aging. Next to hormonal imbalances, aging is one of the top reasons for hair loss. As you age, the rate at which your hair follicles reproduce and replenish begins to gradually decline.

Aging may also lead to excessive DHT production.

-Medications. It is well known that many cancer treatments can cause dramatic hair loss, but other medication types can also lead to baldness. Steroids and blood thinners, for example, could cause unexpected baldness.

-Environmental factors. We all live our own lives and are subject to all sorts of environmental factors that affect our moods and physiology. Some chemicals, like those found in hair products, can be detrimental to your hair and potentially destroy hair follicles.

Constantly being bombarded by physical and emotional stress can also have negative effects on a person’s health, including baldness.

Now that we understand some of the causes behind hair loss and male pattern baldness, what are some solutions for that receding hair line and which should you choose?

 

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

Non-surgical hair replacement does not actually help you grow new hair. Instead, non-surgical methods act to reduce visible baldness. Generally, there are two non-surgical methods used by professionals today.

-Hair duplication. Modern technology has made non-surgical hair replacement look completely natural, seamlessly blending with your own hair. If someone were face-to-face with you, they would never know that all the hair on your head wasn’t simply growing there naturally.

The hair duplication process involves real human hair and/or synthetic hair that is precisely matched to your own, regarding thickness, texture, curliness, growth pattern, et cetera. During your consultation, experts take time to make sure the new hair will be effortless and natural. There are several different methods for attaching the hair to a base, as well as for attaching the final product to your scalp. With hair duplication, you can swim, shower, be active, and do everything you normally would without having to worry.

Again, this method feels and looks completely natural, and millions of people who utilize hair duplication are satisfied and confident again. You can always learn more about the different options of this method from our experts.

-Pharmacology. Minoxidil, the only FDA approved drug on the market, can either be taken orally or applied topically. This drug increases the strength of existing hair, and although some people have reported hair growth, Minoxidil is not proven to effectively grow new hair.

 

Surgical Hair Replacement

There are also surgical hair replacement options. The only requirement of surgical replacement is that you must have existing hair, either on the sides or back of the head.

-Hair transplants. Hair transplants are a safe and popular option for surgical hair replacement. In this procedure, hair follicles are taken from donor areas of your scalp that have strong hair growth and are precisely, surgically placed into the areas of baldness. For example, if the back of your head can spare some of its more plentiful hair, it can be replaced with very small incisions to your receding hairline. You will get a natural look that makes use of your own hair. It will even continue to grow there, naturally.

Imagine transplanting a patch of grass from your back yard to your front yard. The roots are still intact, so the grass lives and breathes, just as it did in its original place.

What’s the Right Choice?

Between surgical and non-surgical hair replacement, which is right for you? Remember, surgical hair replacement does require pre-existing hair on the sides or back of your head. In terms of price, surgical hair replacement is much more affordable than, say, taking medication the rest of your life. If you don’t have much hair to spare for transplantation, remember that hair duplication is a great option. You may need to have a touch-up once in a while, but it’s a small price to pay for a full head of hair.

 

How Hair Replacement Works

Hundreds of thousands of people experience some level of balding in their lifetime and not a single person enjoys their newfound receding hairline. Over the past several decades, there have been many doctors working to alter the balding progress or cover it up completely. Unfortunately, the old methods and lack of technology left many men with unsightly toupees and wigs.

The times have changed and now there are several options to cover up bald spots that will leave you good as new. The advancements in technology give those thousands of men and women an opportunity to have their hair look young again. Never again worry about being the recipient of bald jokes and feel as if you should constantly wear a hat to cover it up.

While there are two types of drugs on the market that are known to slow down hair loss, increase hair thickness, and even sometimes improve hair growth, they are not a guaranteed permanent solution for balding. Although they can be expensive to use for long periods of time, over the counter drugs can be a great short term solution while you are deciding on whether or not to fix the problem forever by going in for hair transplant surgery. Although hair transplant surgery can be used to help restore many areas including eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, and chest hair, the procedure is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness on the scalp.

How Hair Transplant Surgery Works: The latest surgical advancements can permanently fix your balding scalp by transplanting hair follicles to the bald areas of your head. The procedure works by identifying strong hair follicle groupings of 1-4 hairs in areas of hair that are not balding and then physically moves those follicles to the bald scalp areas. This is different from older procedures because when the follicles are moved they can be placed in a way that mimics nature and gives your scalp a more natural look.

One of the common questions regarding hair follicle transplants is whether the hair will grow in the new bald area or if it will die out like the original hair follicles. Dermatologist Norman Orentreich proved that the new hair follicle would grow in the same way as it would have in its original location. The theory is called donor dominance and was a breakthrough in hair transplant practice in the 1950s. Later developments included the practice of sourcing the hair follicles from areas of the scalp known to have the strongest hair growth. This resulted in the transplanted hair follicles growing just as strong in the bald areas and giving the patient a new head of hair.

Modern technology has taken the knowledge of the past and made it much more efficient. The sizes of each incision are much smaller, leaving practically no scar whatsoever and allowing surgeons to place many more grafts in a smaller area. The latest ultra refined follicular unit hair transplantation can place over 50 grafts into one square centimeter area. The best part about the new advancements is that patients can be in and out of the doctor’s office in just one visit without any downtime or needing to stay overnight. There is almost no recovery time, pain is limited, and the patient doesn’t need to miss any work. This is why there are thousands of people finally opting to permanently fix their balding problem once and for all.

Types of Hair Transplants

Strip Harvesting: The most common hair transplant procedure today takes a strip of hair follicles and transplants them to the balding area. The strips of hair are taken from the side or back of the scalp and leave tiny vertical scars in their place. Once the strip is removed, it is cut up into numerous smaller follicular units that are then implanted into the bald scalp in a way that looks as natural as possible.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): While not every patient is eligible for FUE, it is generally the most sought after procedure. Instead of removing a strip of hair follicles, this method removes one hair follicle at a time, leaving minimal scarring; causes almost no pain, and the recovery time is so short that you can be back in action in less than a day.

Differences between Surgical and Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

Hair loss can be a difficult period in a man or women’s life and the thought of losing your lovely locks can have a negative emotional effect. Sometimes the best way to cope with hair loss is to accept it and change your hair style, but some people just can’t do without their hair. You probably remember your dad and grandpa wearing those obnoxiously fake looking hair pieces and wigs. Today, the technology has come a long way and you have plenty of options to help you keep that full head of hair. Whether your hair line is just starting to recede or you have lost all of the hair on your crown, there are both non-surgical and surgical procedures that can help you overcome hair loss.

 
Non-surgical hair replacement techniques

Although non-surgical methods are not able to re-grow lost hair, they can help reduce the visible baldness. There are two general non-surgical methods that are used today. First is a hair piece that either uses your hair, other human hair, or synthetic hair to create a wig that looks natural and fits into the balding area of your head. The second method is to use oral or topical drugs. Drugs may not be the all they are marketed to be, but they still can be effective for certain types of balding issues.
• Hair duplication process: The best way to match your hair style, color, and thickness is by using your own hair. The latest technology is capable of duplicating the hair from the back and sides of your head and then using that hair in a modern hair piece. Your hair will look natural and will seamlessly blend with the hair that is left on your head.

• Hair additions (Hair piece) – The wig or toupee has come a long way from the old uncomfortable and unrealistic pieces of the past. The technology for attaching both human and synthetic hair to a practically microscopic hair piece has allowed both men and women to live their lives without anyone noticing they have a hair piece in place. Quality hair pieces can be attached using either double-sided surgical tape or glue, and will look, feel, and function the exact same as your original hair. You can treat it the same every morning in the shower and be confident it won’t fall off during even the most active day.

 

Drugs

• Minoxidil: The only FDA approved drug on the market. It can be taken orally or applied topically and works to increase the strength of your existing hair. Although some people have reported hair growth after using the drug, testing hasn’t proven that it is effective for re-growing hair, only increasing the thickness and what is left.
• Finasteride: This is another drug that is often available over-the-counter and has a large following of men that use it for hair strengthening and growth. While it may not be the best fit for everyone, some people can see great benefits from using this drug. It reverses the effects of balding by decreasing the DHT hormone. It is only an effective treatment for male patients.

 
Surgical hair replacement techniques elitist

If you are not happy with the way your hair is growing and a simple hair piece or hair strengthening drug doesn’t work for you, there are surgical options that can be considered. While almost everyone is eligible for a hair replacement surgery, there is one exception. The patient must have existing hair still remaining; either on the sides or back of their head. Hair replacement surgery is surprisingly low cost compared other options like taking drugs for the rest of your life. Surgery is quickly becoming one of the most popular options for dealing with balding in both men and women.
• Hair transplantation (hair replacement): With the latest technology available, hair transplantation has become safer and more popular than ever. The method takes hair follicles from areas of your scalp that still have strong hair growth and transplants them into the balding areas. This permanent procedure can give you back the full head of hear that you were looking for with just a few easy treatments. Your physician should be trained to give your hair a natural look that gives you back your hair but also takes into consideration a slight receding of the hair line that would occur naturally in all men.

• Scalp reduction (scalp stretching): This is an invasive procedure that removes the bald skin from the scalp and stretches the skin with hair over that area. Patients with large bald areas will not be able to use this method because it would require removing too much skin. But, if you are only experiencing slight balding, scalp reduction may be your best choice.