We have interviewed Dr Jane who explains hair treatments surgery techniques such as the growing factor treatment which is currently considered as a revolutionary method in the world of medicine.  This method has been used in different medical specialties to regenerate cells to recover them from different types of damages.  From the aforementioned interview we will learn about the newest hair transplant surgery methods, especially the Follicular Unit Extraction technique or FUE, and hair micro-transplants.

Doctor, is there a way to prevent hair loss?

Yes, of course. We can delay hair loss, or, alternatively, if it reaches an advanced stage, the issue can minimized by using a hair transplant. At IMED hospitals we study each person individually and give them the most optimal solution for particular situation. Follicular self-transplant, regardless of the technique used, is the only permanent, scientifically proven, solution to baldness.

Before going for a hair transplant, what other options are there?

There are alternative medical treatments before choosing hair transplants. Some treatments include medications like finesteride or minoxidil, while others employ a fluid rich in platelet plasma (Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP) that is derived from patient’s blood to stimulate tissue regeneration.

How and why does Platelet Rich Plasma work?

RPR produces fibroblasts and collagen; these are proteins that increase the blood circulation in the scalp helping to prevent hair loss. In areas where PRP is applied the hair gains more strength and thickness.

Is there evidence that growing treatments used in different areas of medicine such as the new medical technology have positive results?

A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth proliferation and cellular differentiation. Growth factors are important for regulating a variety of cellular processes. The platelet-rich plasma is also known as a treatment with growth factors. After blood extraction from the patient we obtain the platelet-rich plasma and apply it on the scalp stimulating the cell regeneration to achieve a better blood circulation in all the treated area.

Doctor, if we decide to go for a hair transplant, what methods are available?

Basically, there are two methods: Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Some surgeons, depending on patient’s needs, use both methods together since the only difference lies in hair follicle extraction.
In the first case, i.e. FUSS transplant method, we extract a tissue strip to be dissected, separating hair follicles this way. Then the wound is closed with special esthetic stitches leaving only a thin line scar where hair will eventually grow upon.
In the FUE transplant method, the hair follicle extraction is done one by one with micro incisions smaller than 1mm, using special surgical tools. This way we can work in a more superficial way without leaving any scars. Possibly this is the best method for patients with an advanced alopecia.

Which procedure is the best hair transplant solution?

Although FUE and FUSS method are very interesting techniques, you must choose the most appropriate one for each patient. One of the advantages of the FUE method is that it’s minimally invasive, the absence of scars permits you to have very short hair. Also, the post-surgery recovery period is much shorter; it also allows taking hair from other parts of patient’s body, (body hair transplant). Hair transplant costs are not too high.

What parts of the body can be used for hair transplants?

Hairs may be taken from any part of the body including legs, arms, belly, chest, back, eye brows or eye lashes. We can transplant hair onto any part provided there was hair before.
Body hairs are removed using the FUE technique, leaving no linear scar. Body hair grafts are then implanted the same way as grafts of head hair.

What should the person interested in these methods do? Where should they go?

First contact IMED hospitals to arrange a Skype conversation or an appointment with their dermatologist to find out the reason for your hair loss and your type of alopecia. Then we will decide if we can use a medicated treatment to stop the hair loss or if a transplant is necessary. Once we decide upon the treatment and technique, we will explain to each patient what they should do, so that they know about every stage of their treatment.