Last updated 10 months ago
If you are a woman facing hair loss due to female pattern baldness, you have a few different options to help you get a fuller, more beautiful head of hair. Not all hair loss treatments are alike, however, so you should choose carefully when you are presented with your options. The first you might consider is topical medication, such as Rogaine or Propecia. These can produce results, but there are some disadvantages of these treatments that you should be aware of.
- Slow appearance of results: Topical medication for hair loss works by stimulating regrowth of viable follicles, and this process can be lengthy. You might see better results in some areas than others, as it is not possible to control where exactly the hair grows with this treatment.
- No permanent new follicles: Some patients do find Rogaine or Propecia to be effective, but the results will still only last as long as the medication is used. Once use is discontinued, hair will begin to revert to the state that it was in before treatment was started.
- Better alternatives available: Many women experiencing hair loss are candidates for hair transplant surgery, which is a low-risk procedure that can produce much more pleasing results than other hair restoration treatments. With hair transplantation, healthy follicles from areas of the scalp unaffected by pattern baldness are placed in spots where thinning has occurred. The hair will continue to grow as it normally would, so you will have a more even head of hair. Surgery is a relatively short procedure, and it yields results right away that only improve over time.
To learn how hair transplant surgery can be tailored to your needs, visit the Rockville practice of hair transplant surgeon Dr. Kiely, MD. Schedule a free initial consultation on our website or by calling (240) 292-4315.
Last updated 10 months ago
Your hair is a good indicator of how healthy the rest of your body is, because brittle or thinning hair could be the result of a deficiency elsewhere in the body.
As this video explains, it is important to understand the hair-health connection and the effects of hair loss on your self-esteem. Seeking hair loss treatment will not only help you regain confidence, but it can also help you feel better overall so that you are ready to face the world.
For more information about hair loss and the underlying health conditions that could cause it, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kiely, MD. At our Rockville hair restoration practice, we offer personalized treatment to address your unique needs so that you are happier and healthier by the time an end result is achieved. Call us at (240) 292-4315 or visit our website for an appointment.
Last updated 11 months ago
Hair loss treatments not only need to provide patients with a fuller, more beautiful head of hair—they also need to present natural looking results that can help a patient feel confident after the procedure. In hair transplant procedures, there are a varying degree of results that may be seen depending on the extraction technique, placement, and number of follicles used in the procedure. With Dr. Kiely, MD, you can feel reassured about your hair transplant procedure knowing that the most aesthetically pleasing outcome will be the goal of the surgery.
Approaching Each Follicle Individually
Older methods of hair transplantation utilized grafts containing 15 to 20 follicles. In contrast, the grafts of modern hair transplant procedures only contain a few follicles. The reason that the grafts were made smaller is that larger clusters of hair create unnatural groupings that leave behind the look of hair plugs. It is now understood that hair grows in certain patterns that are only replicated through smaller grafts. Because the grafts themselves are more modest, the extraction process is now gentler for the patient and leaves behind less scarring.
Creating a Personalized Treatment Plan
One factor that must be considered in every case treated with hair transplant is the individual circumstances of each patient. Although pattern hair loss does develop in similar ways for many patients, it is important to remember that no two heads of hair are exactly alike. The doctor will need to spend time evaluating your condition carefully and addressing your questions so that the treatment process is suited to your unique needs.
If you are experiencing hair loss and want to learn what hair transplantation can do for you, schedule a free initial consultation at the office of Dr. Kiely, MD. Make your appointment online or by calling (240) 292-4315. With decades of experience in successful hair transplant procedures, Dr. Kiely can help you regain your confidence and enjoy permanent results.
Last updated 11 months ago
Transplant performed by doctor with assistance from robot set for this week.
Article by Lois K. Solomon
A new hair transplant surgery that promises less pain and fewer scars will make its Florida debut this week.
Instead of removing hair from the back of the head in an ear-to-ear cut, a robot takes tiny circular grafts, also from the back of the head, that are barely noticeable, said Dr. Glenn Charles, of Boca Raton, the physician who will perform the transplant on Thursday.
“We are heading into the future of hair transplant technology” said Charles, who has been performing hair surgeries for 14 years. “The robot assists the doctor much more accurately and with minimal discomfort.”
It used to be easy to recognize people who had hair transplants. Their “plugs,” or masses of up to 15 implanted hairs, seemed clumsily implanted into their scalps. But in recent years, doctors have begun performing tiny grafts of just a few hairs and replanting them more skillfully.
In the latest evolution, they are guided by robots. The surgery, known as ARTAS, still takes most of a day: the robot works for about three hours to remove the hair and the doctor spends about three hours implanting it. It’s more expensive than the old surgeries about #10 per graft of one to four hairs, compares with about $5 per graft for the strip surgery. A typical surgery averages 2,000 grafts, Charles said. These surgeries are not typically covered by insurance because they are usually cosmetic.
The robot’s work applies to hair removal but not implantation, which is performed in the traditional way, by manually placing grafts into the scalp under local anesthesia.
Vincent DeLany of Denver, Colorado had traditional strip surgery as well as robotic surgery three times; most recently in August. He said the strip technique was more painful because there were stitches and oozing scars and a longer recovery time.
“With ARTAS, there is only a little bit of itching,” said DeLany, 39, who said he has been losing his hair since he was in his early 20s. “I was back to work the next day.”
DeLany is typical in many ways of hair transplant surgery patients: male, in his 30s, seeking hair on the scalp, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. The society recorded 10,252 transplant procedures in 2010, up 15 percent from 2004.
Robotic surgery was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year and is being performed in only a few U.S. cities. On Thursday, Charles will remove hair from Austin Ford, 10, of Lincoln, Nebraska, who will donate it to his identical twin brother, Alex, whose hair never grew back after radiation treatments for cancer.
Charles is performing the surgery for free. Some expenses are being paid by Operation Restore, which matches needy patients with hair restoration physicians.
“It’s bothered Alex over the years. We knew we had to do something,” said Chuck Ford, the twins’ father.
If hair loss is burdening you with insecurities or if you are interested in the information you’ve read about today, take the time to meet with Dr. Kiely, MD Hair Transplant Surgeon. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Kiely has the knowledge necessary to successfully treat hair loss. Call (240) 292-0251 or visit our website to schedule your consultation.