Hair loss: enough with temporary solutions
Hair loss and baldness are an extraordinarily common issue among men, as well as many women. The main causes of hair loss are aging and genetics. So if you’re noticing bald spots, or your hair is thinning out, there’s a strong chance it’s a trait that’s been passed down lovingly from previous generations. And, chances are, you’ve also done a good deal of searching and wondering what the best permanent hair loss solution really is. It’s common knowledge these days that wigs and toupees look artificial, hair cover-ups like hats can’t be worn all the time, hair thickening shampoos are not so effective or long-lasting, special diets can only go so far, and hair growth supplements have side effects—like causing hair to grow on places other than your head! Fortunately, hair restoration procedures have evolved significantly over the past decade, and SpaMedica in Toronto offers you a variety of these proven treatments. Our patients have seen exceptional results— year after year.
Here are a few of our most popular hair restoration treatments:
FUE stands for follicular unit extraction and transplantation. Your follicular units are harvested with specialized machinery—in singles, doubles, triples and quadruples, which are rooted together in genetically related ‘hair families’ to ensure a more natural growth pattern once transplanted on the balding site. The back of the scalp is the preferred donor site. Robotic FUE harvest technologies Artas and NeoGraft are the fastest, most accurate and efficacious way to harvest hair without a linear scar. Good candidates for FUE are people that have either genetic or post-traumatic hair loss, and realistic expectations. It’s best to wait until you’re at least 25, however, as hair patterns are more predictable then.
The transplant procedure is divided into two parts and can take a full 8-10 hour day, so be sure to bring earphones or a good book. SpaMedica is Canada’s leading FUE center, with a wealth of experience to prove it. Our patients are well-selected and achieve over 85% graft survival rate, and very natural looking hair. During your consultation, Dr. Mulholland will outline a program of hair restoration treatments that may be performed over 10-20 years in the case of ongoing genetic hair loss.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is another popular option. This three-step treatment involves drawing a patient’s blood, processing it in a centrifuge, and then injecting it into the scalp. PRP is the component of your blood that contains growth and stem cells—both great for hair restoration. The injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle, thereby also increasing the density of the hair shaft. PRP is ideal for both men and women suffering from mild hair loss. It can also be combined with topical products for a viable nonsurgical option.
Topical solutions, as well as high-fluence, low-level light therapy and nutrient shampoos, are all strong topical alternatives. Young women and men in particular often benefit from a combination program consisting of laser therapy, topical growth factors, high dose 15% minoxidil serum, and medicated shampoo. 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors such as Propecia are among the most common nonsurgical, topical hair loss treatment applied today.
Want a fuller head of hair? Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to get started!