State of the art follicular technology
At The Skin Centre we use state of the art follicular technology to help you re-establish your hair.
Dr Paul Salmon of The Skin Centre has extensive experience in treating hair loss, restoring hair volume with natural-looking results.
Hair replacement surgery has seen tremendous advances in the last five years. The number of sessions required will depend on your extent of hair loss.
Hair transplantation techniques
Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair and follicles from the "donor area" (usually hair on the back and sides of the head) and relocating them to the bald or thinning area. This involves two distinct processes: donor harvesting and the preparation of recipient sites.
Hair transplantation is done at The Skin Centre and can take between 4 to 8 hours depending on the extent of the transplantation.
The procedure is usually done under local anaesthetic and does not cause too much discomfort. In most cases, immediately after the hair transplant the hairs fall out of the grafts, and do not regrow for 1-3 months. The donor sites gradually heal to leave slight scarring but this is concealed by "lifetime" hair growing around the site. Patients need to be aware that hair transplantation does not produce an instantaneous head of hair, but the results are seen over time.
What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation involves the surgical movement of "permanent" hair along with its roots to an area of bald or balding skin. Hair transplantation is used predominantly to treat the hereditary balding condition known as androgenetic alopecia - male pattern hair loss, or less often, female pattern hair loss. Patients with male pattern hair loss tend to have "lifetime" hair on the sides and back of the head, which are used as donor sites in transplantation.
Unfortunately, hair transplantation does not work on alopecia areata as the transplanted hair will not grow in the area.
PRP for male and female pattern baldness
PRP is a new and promising arena in hair growth and rejuvenation treatment. Simple and cost-effective, PRP is a feasible treatment option for androgenic alopecia, with high overall patient satisfaction.
Hair loss or baldness affects up to a staggering 80% of men and 50% of women during their lifetime. Though common, the condition is the source of anxiety for many people and as such, has been linked to low self-esteem and depression. Short of a surgical hair transplant which is a fairly extreme measure, treatment options have been frustratingly elusive - until now.
The evidence from research to date is stacking up. Just last year, experts reviewed the results of twelve different studies, and the conclusion? PRP demonstrated therapeutic effectiveness for AGA in over 83% of the tests.
How Is PRP Administered For Baldness?
PRP treatment for baldness is a two-step process:
- A patient’s blood is drawn, after which the platelet rich plasma is separated from the red blood cells via a centrifuge.
- The Platelet rich plasma is extracted from the collected blood and re-administered to the affected areas of the scalp via multiple tiny injections.
Each session typically takes about 60 minutes.
Expectations and aftercare:
Initially, you may see swelling; this will gradually subside. For the first two weeks, there is minimal change. Results become more visible around the three weeks as platelets stimulate growth factors with simultaneous hair production; this improvement will continue over the ensuing months. Minimal improvement occurs in persons with heavy alcohol, tobacco or drug usage as these patients produce poor platelet harvests.
Who Can Have PRP Therapy for Baldness?
While there aren’t any explicit recommendations, there are a few people who will experience the best results. Such people include:
Men and women who’ve experienced natural thinning and balding
Men and women with location-based hair loss (such as the temples and crown)
Men and women who are overall healthy.
PRP is inherently safe, using 100% using a patient own blood cells (known as 'autologous') removes the risk of an allergy or rejection. It’s suitable for all skin tones and safe for pregnant or breastfeeding patients.
The best possible way to tell if PRP is right for you is to make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic nurses at Skin Centre. Their commitment to a standard of excellence ensures you’ll get not only the best opinion but the best care as well.