Male Hair Transplant & Hair Restoration
Male hair loss, or male-pattern baldness, can affect men from the onset of puberty and thereafter but may also start later in life, with a prevalence of 80% of men by age of 80 experiencing some level of hair loss.
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Male Hair Loss
Male hair loss occurs when hairs sensitive to the effects of a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is converted from testosterone, begin to undergo thinning and become progressively smaller, shorter, and more transparent. This process of hair loss is known as miniaturization when thick “terminal” hairs of youth are slowly transformed into these thinner “vellus” hairs, which then in turn are lost and the man becomes progressively balder. Male hair loss usually follows distinct patterns described by the Norwood Hair Loss classification, and a primary goal when surgically restoring hair is to mimic these patterns so that the result will appear completely natural. There are two primary categories of treating male hair loss, non-surgically and surgically, and oftentimes combining both non-surgical and surgical options can yield better outcomes.
Today, more than ever, there are so many ways to improve male hair loss non-surgically. The two mainstays of treatment are oral finasteride (marketed as Propecia) and topical minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine), together the medications work more effectively than either one alone. With a small percentage of men who experience sexual side effects from finasteride, there is now a breakthrough of topical finasteride, 82F, that is combined with minoxidil as a single daily therapy that offers a solution to this problem.
Although Dr. Lam believes that daily therapy should be considered the best way to combat male pattern hair loss, there are other methods that can serve as a complement or replacement for daily therapy, including the following:
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections – which can be performed once a year to once every other year depending on the rate of the hair loss. Unlike other clinics, we believe a single therapy is as effective as a series of treatments.
- Low-Level Laser Therapy – wearing this laser cap 3 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes each time can significantly improve, reverse, and slow down hair loss.
Accordingly, the four major methods for combating ongoing male hair loss today non-surgically include minoxidil, finasteride (alternatively 82F), PRP injections, and laser cap. There can be other non-surgical methods that can help too. SL Max is a topical baldness camouflage product that when sprinkled on the head can provide an instantaneous full head of hair. 82S is a daily shampoo that has been well received by our patients to slow down hair shedding. To cover scars or areas of baldness, a semi-permanent tattoo, known as scalp micropigmentation, can be applied to the scalp by our artistic team.
When areas of the scalp have become bald or significantly thin, medical therapy typically does not work very effectively. Hair transplant surgery is then the preferred option if the person is an appropriate candidate. There are many factors that can affect Dr. Lam’s decision whether surgery would be right for you. For example, a very young patient with rapidly thinning hair may lose enough hair in the future that there would not be sufficient donor hair to be used to cover the progressive hair loss. In such cases, among other factors, Dr. Lam may decide surgery is not a safe or viable option for you. That is why a consultation is so important.
There are many ways to perform hair transplant surgery today, and Dr. Lam practices the full gamut of procedures. It is important that you come in for consultation to help discuss with you what may be the better option for you. We invite you to explore each of the procedure pages below to understand the pros, cons, and limitations of each method. Ultimately, a consultation is the only way to determine what method would work best for you. Here are the three major methods of hair transplant surgery:
- FUE (and robotic FUE surgery – FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and involves removing individual hair follicles using a rotary punch device, whether by hand or by robot. This method can be used to harvest hairs from the scalp, beard, and body for transplantation elsewhere. The main advantage of this procedure is that a short hairstyle can be worn without showing any scar.
- FUT surgery – FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation and involves a linear incision in the back of the head to harvest hair follicles. Despite popular belief today, this method is still an amazing procedure with very limited scarring, as seen in Dr. Lam’s many video close-up results. The main advantage of this technique is that it is very effective to perform a megasession procedure to cover extensive baldness in a single session.
- FUE-FUT surgery – This combined technique of using FUE and FUT surgery simultaneously offers the advantages of both methods and is oftentimes used to optimize ability to harvest hairs in a single session, e.g., using beard FUE hairs and scalp FUT hairs. Further details and examples can be found on the FUE-FUT procedure page
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This website contains thousands of pages, before-and-after photos, and videos to help you understand what makes us different. Dr. Lam has extensive experience with all types of ethnic hair transplants, corrective hair transplants, scar repairs, eyebrow hair transplants, eyelash hair transplants, facial hair transplants, body hair transplants, and hair transplants to help a man transition out of a hairpiece or hair system. We invite you to take your time to explore this website in-depth to be better educated about the services that we have to offer you. We look forward to meeting you in person to discuss your particular issue with hair loss and to explore what we could do to restore your lost hair!