What You Need To Know About Hair Replacement

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Introduction

Hair transplant service is one of the effective treatments for thinning hair. Although it is a relatively well-known treatment method, few people know in detail about the risks of treatment and postoperative care. They involve the due treatment methods that can certainly carry hair growth but can carry various risks. In this AGA Times, we will introduce the basic knowledge of hair transplantation that you should know before you have your hair transplantation surgery.

Related anticipated questions and queries, would automatically be resolved if you are facing troublesome hair loss phases and is considering hair replacement techniques. This article sums up causes of hair loss especially in men and then evaluates the possible methods pristinely, including but not limited to FUT, FUE, and men’s hair replacement systems. As you go on reading, the horizon broadens as discussion regarding non-surgical hair replacement and the best hair replacement for men will also be presented with the due costs and price ranges. So in case, you dwindle deciding either you should go for a hair replacement service then the following useful information will come in handy to you. So, let`s gets our minds engrossed in beauty initiatives by our hair replacement specialists. 

Normal Hair Growth Cycle 

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In a normal hair cycle, new hair grows for 2 to 6 years before it begins to fall out, and the hair follicles that form the basis of the hair become smaller and stop growing. After that, new hair begins to grow and old hair become detached and drop out. When hair loss increases, there could be something wrong within this process. The cause of hair loss is often thought to be hereditary, but gene is not the only cause of hair loss.

There are so many factorys could lead to hair loss, it could be your hairstyle, lifestyle or even hormone levels.. Let’s aim for the best hair condition for you by guide you through the cause of hair loss and practicing hair loss measures and also looking at the means for hair replacement service.

Hair Growth Interrupted 

For example, with androgenetic alopecia (AGA), the period of growth is shortened, resulting in thinner hair and more hair loss. In addition, the hair follicles also become smaller as they shift to the catagen/telogen phase without growing sufficiently during the growth phase. As a result, the duration of the hair cycle becomes shorter, and eventually, hair does not grow. Although androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is hereditary, how thinning hair progresses may be related to multiple causes of hair loss, not just heredity, and then link with non-surgical hair replacement.

Lifestyles, smoking, and UV rays are also causes of hair loss.There is a possibility that if we understand the cause of your hair loss and take preventive measures, it could help regrow your hair.. There are various causes of hair loss. It is possible hair loss cause is not a single one, but rather a complex combination of various causes causing hair loss. If there is a cause you can think of, let’s deal with each.

 

Causes Of Hair Loss

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1.    Lifestyle

Lifestyle is the first possible cause of hair loss. Even if you take one meal, the accumulation of many years of eating habits may cause hair loss. For example, a high-fat diet may lead to increased hair loss because it causes poor blood circulation and makes it difficult for nutrients to reach the hair.

In addition, if the protein that is the key ingredient of hair is insufficient due to excessive diet or unbalanced diet, the nutrition to the hair will be insufficient, which also causes hair loss.

2.    Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep can also damage your hair. If sleep deprivation continues, the regeneration of cells throughout the body will be adversely affected, and the hair and scalp environment will also deteriorate, which will increase hair loss.

3.    Smoking

Smoking can also cause hair loss. Smoking impairs blood circulation, causing poor circulation to the scalp and preventing sufficient nutrients from reaching the hair, making it easier for the hair to fall out. If you smoke continuously, the condition of poor blood circulation becomes chronic, so even at the stage when new hair grows after hair loss, nutrition is not enough, and hair loss occurs again, which adversely affects the hair growth cycle and one might need  hair replacement service.

4.    Excessive stress

Due to stress, hair may come off temporarily or partially stop growing. Alopecia areata is suspected if the hair comes off in a short period and the scalp becomes visible, or if the hair does not grow from where it came off. “Psychological stress” is one of the causes of alopecia areata.

When psychological stress is applied, the sympathetic nerves actively move to resist it. The sympathetic nerve system kicks in and alters body hormone level. At this time, if the stress is too strong or lasts for a long time, the sympathetic nerve will become abnormal. As a result, blood vessels are constricted, blood flow to the head is impaired, and nutritional supply to the hair roots is insufficient, causing hair loss.

In addition, stress not only interferes with the nutrition of hair roots but can also trigger a variety of diseases such as “autoimmunity disorders” and “endocrine disorders.”

5.    Hormonal balance

In the hair cycle, excessive male hormones produced at the beginning of the anagen phase causes hair loss, which is called androgenetic alopecia (AGA). Increased level of androgens shorten the life cyle of hair follicles, which causes thinning hair. Moreover, it delays hair regrowth, result in receding hairline and patterned baldness.

6.    Hairstyle

Hairloss may also be triggered by hairstyles. For example, traction alopecia. In the case of women, ponytail may cause receding hairline, as the weight of hair burdens hair roots, causes hair loss. Also, if you keep the same parting or put your hair together for a long time, the risk of hair loss increases, so change the hair parting and hairstyle and try to have a hairstyle that does not burden your hair.

7.    Aging

As you age, your scalp ages and your scalp becomes harder.

Due to poor blood circulation, the nutrients needed for hair growth are not distributed, resulting in disrupted hair cycles, increased hair loss, and thinning hair. Eventually you’ll need extra help for volumized hair, like hair transplant or non-surgical hair replacement. ma king your hair need.

 

Cause From Specific Disease

Various theories have been proposed regarding the causes of alopecia areata. In recent years, the predominant theory is that it is caused by an “autoimmunity disease” in which “abnormal immune function occurs in the root tissue of hair”.

Factors that because abnormal immune function include physical and mental stress such as fatigue and infectious diseases, and constitutional predisposition. Here are some of the things that are thought to cause alopecia areata, including the following.

Autoimmune disease

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“Autoimmunity disease” has been regarded as a main cause of alopecia areata in recent years. “Autoimmunity disease” is an abnormality in the immune system function, that instead of protecting our body from outside “invader”, the system treats a part of our body as foreign substance and attacks the cells.

One of the reasons that Alopecia areata happens because T lymphocytes mistakenly attack hair roots as foreign substances, and the violent attack damages the hair roots, causing healthy hair to fall out. However, it is not yet clear why such anomalies occur.

Alopecia areata may be associated with various autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease represented by Hashimoto’s disease, vitiligo Vulgaris, SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, and Myasthenia Gravis. In particular, it is said that about 8% of patients with thyroid disease and about 4% of vitiligo Vulgaris also have alopecia areata.

When consultation is needed:

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a symptom seen in people in their 30s and 50s, but recently the number of people in their 20s is increasing.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is progressive alopecia. If left untreated, the number of hairs will slowly decrease, and hair loss and thinning will gradually become noticeable. Please consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a typical symptom that the hairline recedes, the volume of hair decreases at temple and crown.

Treatment Procedure

For mildly ill patients who do not have a wide range of hair loss, a treatment called “topical steroid injection” is standard procedure for hair restoration. It`s a method of injecting steroids into the hair loss area. Since the range of medicine that can be distributed with one injection is 1 square centimeter, multiple injections are required. Also, this treatment is intended for adults, not for children.

The injection is painful, but recently, there are cases where the injection is performed after using anesthesia with a coloring drug, specifically for hair replacement for men.


We will explain the mechanism and characteristics of thinning hair that occurs in men, and the available solutions including non-surgical hair replacement.

What is thinning hair?

Hair follicles, which are organelles of the skin that produce hair (hair), repeat a cycle (hair cycle) of growth, regression, and telogen. When male hormones act on hair follicles, signals that suppress hair growth are enhanced at the roots of hair follicles where hair strands are regenerated, shortening the period of growth in the hair cycle, leads to telogen.

Hair replacement service, is a collection of solution for thinning hair and baldness. In the next section of this article, we will explain the basic information from the mechanism of hair replacement services and non-surgical hair replacement techniques as well.

Hair transplantation

The mechanism of hair replacement service and the difference between hair growth and hair growth involve three main types of hair thinning m easures: “hair growth,” “hair growth,” and “flocking.”

Of these, the most reliable act of increasing hair is flocking. Hair replacement service involves a treatment method that increases the amount of hair by making holes in areas where there is no hair left or thinning and implanting hair. Unlike hair replacement system for men, hair transplant  involves a medical practice and must be conducted by a hair replacement specialist.

1. CHOI method (needle method)

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It is a method of drilling and implanting at the same time using a thin needle called a flocking needle specially designed for hair replacement for men. There is an advantage that each hair becomes thin and the hairline etc. can be increased more naturally because each hair is planted by one person while adjusting the angle. It is necessary to pay attention to the disadvantages such as the cost tends to be high because it takes time and effort, and it is difficult to do it in a large area. The hair replacement cost varies between $3,250 and $13,500.

2. LED (Light Emitting Diode)

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LED for LED treatment is an abbreviation for Light Emitting Diode.Base on scientific study, low level laser expose irratates scalp tissue to product photons which encourage hair growth. The red light used by hair beam reaches deeply into the scalp, the light has a long wavelength of 630 nm (nanometers), which stimulates the secretion of hair growth factors and promotes blood flow. It is also said to have the effect of increasing collagen, improving metabolism, and suppressing inflammation.

The red LED embedded inside the hair beam evenly stimulates the scalp, increases blood flow and boosts nutrients and oxygen supply to the scalp to promote hair growth. The device  is designed to use at home to avoid the trouble of visiting a hair replacement specialist.

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It has no pain or side effects, so it can be used by people who have difficulty treating it with drugs. In addition, a synergistic effect of the treatment can be obtained when used in combination with drugs. It can strengthen the hair and roots, and it is recommended to use it continuously for 6 months for the hair growth effect. The price of laser hair loss treatment varies among different brand and manufacturers,  the most popular model on the market is around $3,500.

3. Smart graft flocking

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This men’s hair replacement technique involves a method of using a drill that can cool the collected hair roots and keep them fresh. There are merits such as the wounds after collection close in about 24 hours, are inconspicuous, and the hair roots in a fresh state can be transplanted, so the retention rate tends to be high.

Hair replacement cost

The price usually runs at $5 to $6 per graft, and often it has been witnessed that patients require an average of 1,000 -1,500 grafts for their checkup/treatment.

4. Synthetic men’s hair replacement

It is a method of transplanting artificial hair made of nylon or polyester. Since it is not real hair, it has the characteristic that the number and length of hair transplant can be freely adjusted.

However, because artificial hair replacement services transplant synthetic material into the scalp, there is a concern that the body’s immune system may be irrated. As a result, it may cause an infectious disease, which is extremely dangerous. Furthermore, unlike natural hair replacement for men, regular maintenance is required, so artificial men’s hair replacement system also increases the cost burden.

5. FUT method (strip method)

This is a method of collecting the transplanted hair together with the scalp using a scalpel, dividing the skin into hair follicle units, and then implanting it at the transplant destination. Since it does not easily damage the hair roots, it tends to have a high retention rate and is characterized by being able to be transplanted over a wide area.

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The entire skin is cut with a scalpel and the hair tissue is collected. There are also disadvantages such as the need to suture after collection because it is collected using a scalpel, pain in the collection area after the anesthesia is cut off, and it takes more time to completely heal the wound, no need to mention the potential of scarring. The price range varies from $4,000 to $10,000.

6. FUE method

Hair tissue is collected one by one (hair follicles for one pore) with a sharp tubular blade called a punch. It has become mainstream. The hair tissue of the back of the head, which is not easily affected by AGA, is transplanted to the hair loss part, improvement of thinning hair can be expected by performing some service from a hair replacement specialist.  Once the transplanted hair tissue has engrafted, it will grow in the same way as the hair in the non-hair loss area.

Hair replacement cost

Hair replacement service is characterized by low rejection and a high engraftment rate because it uses its hair tissue as a donor. As far as FUE treatment`s cost is concerned then it goes about between $4,000 and $15,000 per session.

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7.    ARTAS flocking

Strictly speaking, it is a type of hair replacement for men, falling under the category of the FUE method that uses a robot called ARTAS. The part where the hair root is to be collected is photographed with four CCD cameras, and the doctor checks the direction, angle, density, etc. of the hair before collecting. Since it is a method that does not use a scalpel, it does not easily damage the hair roots and has the feature that it can be collected in a relatively short time. The collected hair roots are manually transplanted.

Hair replacement services costs are calculated based on the number of “hair follicles” to be transplanted, designed especially for men’s hair replacement systems, not the number of hairs. One to three hairs grow from one hair follicle (1 graft), and transplantation is performed between 500 and up to 2,500. The unit price of one strain varies depending on the method of flocking, but it will cost around 10,000 dollars to get a full set of hair.

You may also need Follow-up visits for evaluation and manangement.

8.    Treatment Through Diet

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In-taking proteins:

“Proteins and minerals are the sources of hair, but it is important to have a balanced intake of these nutrients. Like the body, when these nutrients are deficient, the hair is also undernourished and weak. It will be. And most of the hair is made up of a protein called keratin, and the amino acids that make up keratin cannot be made by the body, so it must be taken from the diet. Foods that can be consumed with typical proteins include meat, fish, eggs, soy products, and dairy products.

In-taking Vitamins:

Regarding vitamins, the B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E are especially important. Vitamin B group has a role to protect the scalp environment by oxidative action. It is effective as a measure against damage to the scalp caused by ultraviolet rays. Vitamin E not only has an antioxidant effect but also has the effect of improving blood circulation throughout the body and distributing nutrition to the scalp. Vitamin B can be found in a wide variaty of food, including meat, fish, natto, eggs, and bananas. Vitamin C is abundant in green and yellow vegetables, fruits, and seaweed, and vitamin E is abundant in nuts.

9.    Using Oils for Hair Loss Control

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Many people may be concerned about hair damage such as dryness and hair breakage. In such a case, it is recommended to use a non-rinse treatment that has excellent moisturizing and restorative effects that can be easily taken care of after bathing. Therefore, this time, we will introduce 15 popular non-rinse treatments.

There are five points when choosing a treatment: “type”, “hair quality”, “hair condition”, “finish”, and “presence or absence of silicone”.

How to choose the basic treatment?

There are 6 types, cream, milk, gel, oil, mist, and spray, and each has different points to be aware of when choosing an item. For those who like a moist feeling, there are various types of cream and milk, and for those who want a smooth finish, there are various types of gel.

The optimal items for each person vary depending on the hair quality, such as hair thickness and volume. For people with fine and soft hair, it is better to have less oil, and for people with voluminous hair, it is better to have more water and oil. When choosing from the condition of the hair, it is necessary to use it properly depending on whether it is damaged hair caused by color or perm.

10.    Through exercise for Hair Loss Control

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For hair growth, aerobic exercise at the gym is effective. As per the hair replacement specialists, this is because aerobic exercise leads to increased metabolism and cardiopulmonary function.

To bring sufficient nutrition to the hair, it is necessary to improve blood circulation not only in the scalp but also in the whole body. If continuing the exercise regularly, chances for surgical and non-surgical hair replacement reduces no matter how feasible they appear. The basis for this is metabolism and cardiopulmonary function. Increased metabolism and cardiopulmonary function improve blood flow and allow nutrients to be delivered to every corner of the body through the blood.

 

Possibly The Best Hair Loss Solutions

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Through Supplements

  • One of the widely recognized hair growth support and hair thinning control measures is take In recent years, it is noticable that more and more people are taking hair growth supplements to prevent thinning hair. The logic behind these products are providing sufficient vitamin complex, minerals and protein to support hair growth.

Through OCT Drugs

  • Propecia Tablets (Finasteride)

Finasteride, the active ingredient contained in Propecia, can be expected to have the effect of suppressing the growth of “dihydrotestosterone (DHT),” which is the cause of AGA (male pattern baldness).

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a substance produced by the combination of 5α-reductase and testosterone. It is one of the causes of hair loss that shortens the growth phase of the hair cycle. Propecia has the effect of inhibiting the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) itself, so if you take proper amount every day, it helps prevent hair loss, however individual results may vary. It is advisable to seek help from healthcare professionals.

  • Dutasteride medication

Dutasteride has the effect of “stopping the progression of thinning hair and hair loss” by suppressing the action of 5α-reductase. There are two types of 5α-reductase, type I and type II. Different from finasteride, which suppresses the action of type II, the dutasteride suppresses the actions of both type I and type II. The medication works well on both male and female alopecia control. It is prescribed at the hospital as a self-financed medical treatment. It is possible to obtain it individually, but considering the risk of side effects and confirmation of the effect, it is recommended to consult with a doctor.

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil solution is approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is used to help hair growth in the treatment of male pattern baldness.

The active ingredient minoxidil promotes blood circulation and stimulates hair roots. Originally, the drug was developed for the treatment of hypertension, but its side effects is proved to be effective to hair loss control. It promotes blood circulation, increases hair growth.

Alopecia Areata

People with alopecia experience hair loss in one or more small patch. The onset is often sudden and may recur. It may heal spontaneously, but sometimes, it may lead to complete hair loss. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the hair roots are attacked by immune system. Mental and external stress can also be the trigger.

    Will alopecia areata be cured?

Alopecia areata is treated by a dermatologist. Some hospitals have specialized outpatient clinics. The milder the condition, the better the result of treatment. If there is only one hair loss site, hair may grow naturally without any treatment. According to hair replacement specialists, 70 to 80% of people do not need treatment.  However, symptoms may recur and hair loss may occur repeatedly. If there is hair loss in multiple places, it is difficult to grow hair naturally, so specialized treatment is required.

    What are the medicines for alopecia areata?

For mild condition, oral medications such as steroids for the head, topical carbenium chloride solution, cephalothin, and antihistamines has proven effective. Cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen may also be prescribed. In severe cases, topical immunotherapy that causes scalp irritation and promotes hair growth, local injection of steroids, and ultraviolet light therapy are given.

  • Prevention of alopecia areata

Alopecia areata has some genetic risks, but the rate of inheritance between parents and children is about 10%, so it is considered difficult to prevent it in advance. Stress is one of the triggers, but since some patients have started hair loss due to the stress caused by influenza infection, it is difficult to prevent it because it is not known when and what will be the burden of causing hair loss.

  • Hair replacement price range

People having no insurance would be likely to spend between $200-$1,000 or more for the due treatment including all the mandatory medications or corticosteroid injections.

Why One Should Opt These?

  1. Rejection due to transplantation is unlikely to occur

One of the great advantages of hair replacement for men is that it is less likely to cause rejection or inflammation because it transplants your hair. Since the entire hair root is transplanted, the hair grows and grows at the transplanted location, and the hair cycle that comes off and grows again is repeated. Therefore, there is no need to repeat maintenance regularly just because it has fallen out.

2. Effective for improving AGA

“DHT (dihydrotestosterone)”, the causative agent of AGA, is produced by the action of the reductase “5α-reductase” by the male hormone “testosterone”.

As mentioned earlier, 5α-reductase has a large effect on the frontal region and parietal region, while it has little effect on the occipital region and temporal region. Therefore, hair replacement service by transplanting the hair tissue of the back of the head to the bald area is considered to be effective in improving AGA.

3. Also available for scarring hair loss

Since the hair tissue is transplanted as it is, it is possible to deal with scarring alopecia in which the hair root has already disappeared due to trauma. If it engrafts on the transplanted part, it will grow as normal hair.

4. Natural finish

After expert hair replacement service from a hair replacement specialist, it grows like any other hair once it is engrafted. You can expect a natural finish because you can maintain the original texture of your hair.

5. Usefulness is recognized by the Japanese Dermatological Association

According to the guidelines established by the Japanese Dermatological Association, non-surgical hair replacement is ranked as “Recommendation B”, which is the second from the top, out of the five levels of recommendation, and its usefulness is recognized. It can be said that it is an established treatment because artificial hair replacement service has a “recommendation level D”.

 

Conclusion

Hair transplantation, which is one of the measures against thinning hair. With certain help, up to 75 percent or more of transplated hair fully grows back. There is a drawback that hair thinning treatment by flocking is not covered by insurance and the cost of transplant varies from $4,000 to $15,000 plus cost of aftercare medication and services.

We have discussed the cost market from the difference between natural hair replacement for men and synthetic hair replacement services, hope it is helpful to those who are considering hair replacement services.

Other than prescribed medicines, mental support and lifestyle changes, such as improving eating habits and adapting lifestyle habits, helps hair loss control by targeting the root causes of weakening the scalp and hair and reducing anxiety and stress.

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