Impacts of Hair Loss
Hair loss is a common condition that affects people of all ages. Statistics show that 35 million men experience hair loss and two-thirds will have noticeable hair loss by age 35. If you’re noticing that your hairline is receding, or you’re seeing more hair than usual in the shower drain, you may be wondering how hair loss will impact your life.
While balding has few physically harmful consequences, it can be frightening or emotionally traumatizing to those who suffer from it. Failing to find a solution for hair loss can lead to anxiety or depression. For someone who is in the public eye, hair loss can also affect one’s professional life. It can also directly impact your social life.
While hair is an integral part of a person’s appearance, other reasons for emotional distress are largely cultural. An abundance of healthy hair is synonymous with youth, desirability and sexual potency. It’s seen as an indicator of status or health and well-being.
The Only Permanent Solution
Hair transplants are the only permanent solution to hair loss. Pills and topicals may slow hair loss with continual use, but once stopped, any benefit is permanently lost. An experienced hair transplantation physician can explain the latest advancements including the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant and show you how you can have a fuller head of hair.
Male Pattern Baldness is Hereditary
Hair loss is a significant concern for many men. There are clear causes linked to genetics, aging and a number of other influences such as medication, physical or emotional stress, thyroid problems, skin infections and hormones.
Balding can begin as early as puberty, but usually takes place later in life. Contrary to popular belief, your maternal grandfather’s follicular history isn’t a clear indicator of what will happen to you. Genes are passed down from your mother and father, but even if there’s no evidence of hair loss on either side of the family, you can still lose your hair. In fact, by age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.
DHT Thins Your Hair
More than 95% of hair thinning in men is attributed to Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. This common hereditary condition results when hair follicles at the top and front of the head become sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In such cases, hair becomes thinner over time, deteriorates or eventually becomes dormant. Healthy hair follicles that are resistant to DHT usually remain around the sides and back of the head, but may persistently become weaker and finer.
If you’re losing hair, you want to know the cause and what you can do to correct the situation. Speak with a hair transplant physician to understand your personal situation and how the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant can help turn back the clock.
How far will it go?
If you’re experiencing hair loss, you’re probably wondering how far it will go. What can you expect to look like over the next several years or further in the future? Will you like how you look?
For men, hair begins to recede at the forehead or the crown. Most people seek a doctor’s evaluation only after they have started to notice significant hair loss in these areas or begin hearing comments about a visible bald spot. The question then becomes how much hair loss should you be concerned with? And which treatments can reverse it?
The average person sheds anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day, an undetectable amount compared to the roughly 100,000 hairs on your head. If you suddenly notice a significant amount of hair being left behind in your comb or on your pillow, it may be the first sign of balding.
The Norwood Scale
The most common hair loss patterns are represented by The Norwood Scale.
How Far Along Are You?
- Class I No visible hair loss.
- Class II Initial stages of recession. A “widow’s peak” begins to appear on the forehead.
- Class III Slight loss of hair above the temples, at the forehead and crown.
- Class IV More noticeable loss on the crown, above the temples and/or frontal areas.
- Class V Significant levels of hair loss now occurring on the top of the vertex and crown.
- Class VI Even more significant hair loss, although transplanting donor hair can still make a noticeable improvement.
The First and Only Robotic Hair Transplant System
Feel years younger with ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant. This FDA-cleared, physician-assisted technology provides permanent, natural-looking results without the plugs, pain and stitches associated with traditional hair transplants like strip surgery. This minimally invasive procedure does not leave a linear scar, so you have the freedom to cut and style your hair the way you like without having to hide a scar.
View a 3D photograph-based simulation of your potential results with the ARTAS Hair Studio® Technology.
Advanced digital imaging analyzes and tracks each hair to preserve the natural look of your donor area.
RECIPIENT SITE MAKING
Recipient Site Making with intelligent algorithms creates the ideal hair pattern for the optimal outcome. Protects existing, healthy hairs.
HOW ARTAS® BENEFITS YOU
- Virtually pain free
No stitches or linear scar associated with the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure
- Intelligent algorithms
Identify and select your best hairs for harvesting.
- Physician-assisted robotic technology
Delivers high quality robust grafts.
- Robotic harvesting
Digital mapping provides precise and consistent graft dissection, unavailable with manual techniques.
- Robotic Recipient Site Making
Creates natural site distribution for optimal results that avoids damaging existing healthy hair.
- Eliminates human fatigue and the potential for error associated with traditional manual hair transplants
Ensures consistent graft quality throughout the procedure.
- Fast recovery
Allows you to get back to work and your daily activities quickly.
Your Donor Area
A critical area on your head to consider is where your hair is being harvested from.
This is called the donor area and consists of an area on the back and sides of your head where hair is not affected by the hormone that causes male pattern baldness. This is permanently growing hair and when transplanted to your balding areas, continues to grow as it did before it was transplanted. It is important to ensure your donor area will look unblemished and your harvested area will look undetectable.
Your donor area is just as important as your transplant area. After your hair grows in where it was trimmed for your ARTAS® Robotic Procedure, your donor area should look intact and undetectable. A long scar or patchy looking donor area is an undesirable giveaway that you have had a hair transplant. You want your outcome to look undetectable. Your friends, family, loved ones and business associates should just think you look better, revitalized and more refreshed, without your procedure being obvious.
Three Months Post-ARTAS
Photos courtesy of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, Robert M. Bernstein, MD
Your Transplant Area
The transplant area is the location on your head where your donor hair will be transplanted. Your physician will develop an aesthetic design using the ARTAS Hair Studio® Technology based on your goals, hair type and your facial features. Your new hairline will be created and thinning areas will look fuller, thicker and more even.
The ARTAS® Robotic System uses advanced digital imaging to provide accurate mapping and calculations of critical hair follicle characteristics to determine your best hairs for harvesting. ARTAS Hair Studio will deliver your aesthetic design to the ARTAS System for Recipient Site Making and your clinician will transplant each hair individually, providing natural-looking results.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Yates Hair Science, William D. Yates, MD
Natural, Permanent Hair Growth
After a few months, the transplanted hair will begin to grow in its new location. Your newly transplanted hair, like the rest of your hair, grows steadily over time. Around six months, you will start to notice significant growth. The hair will continue to grow in the treated balding areas over the coming months.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Yates Hair Science, William D. Yates, MD. Results may vary.
How Will You Look?
ARTAS Hair Studio® is a 3D photograph based simulation of your potential results. During your consultation, your physician will work to design your personalized cosmetic hair pattern and illustrate different options, showing you various graft counts and hair distribution, with your direct input. Intelligent algorithms create a natural site distribution that avoids damaging existing healthy hair, giving you a natural, fuller look.
Protect Your Healthy Hair
- Recipient Site Makingavoids damaging your existing healthy (terminal) hair using a series of algorithms that evaluate many hair characteristics.
- It is critical to identify both existing healthy (terminal) hair as well as miniaturized (vellus) hair in order to create the best possible Recipient Site Making outcome. The ARTAS®System identifies and avoids damaging healthy hair resulting in providing you the best aesthetic outcome.
- It is also important to identify vellus hair in order to fill in balding areas and preserve areas that currently have healthy hair.
Your Hair. Your Style.
Follow your clinician’s instructions on how to shampoo and care for your hair. Your newly transplanted hair, like the rest of your hair, grows steadily over time. After a few months, you will begin to see new hair growth. Around six months, you will start to notice significant growth.
Your hair will continue to grow in the treated areas over time. You will be able to treat your newly transplanted, permanent hair just like the rest of your hair and can style your new hair in any way you choose.