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Dr. Jill L. Hessler is an accomplished plastic surgeon who is regarded as one of the leading San Francisco / Palo Alto hair loss treatment professionals. She has many years’ experience providing state-of-the-art hair transplant treatments, and she has helped numerous men and women restore beautiful, natural-looking hair. Dr. Hessler’s expertise has been recognized by her colleagues who frequently invite her to share her knowledge at plastic surgeon conferences and seminars. If you would like to learn how Dr. Hessler can help you improve your hair appearance, explore the paragraphs below.
Dr. Hessler is pleased to offer NeoGraft, an FDA-approved hair transplant technology that uses the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method. During a NeoGraft procedure,
a group of one to four hair follicles will be removed from the hair-bearing scalp. Then, the follicles will be placed in the balding area(s) of the scalp. The grafted hair will stay in place for two to three weeks. Then, it will shed, and new hair growth will start in three to four months.
The FUE process is automated to deliver precise and predictable results. Automating the process also cuts down on the treatment time and allows Dr. Hessler to double the number of transplanted grafts.
There are many reasons why patients prefer NeoGraft to traditional hair transplantation. It is less time consuming and labor intensive. The NeoGraft procedure does not require a lengthy recovery period, nor does it cause numbness or an unsightly linear scar in the donor scalp area. After a NeoGraft procedure, you can return to work and your normal routine very quickly with little to no discomfort. Once the area heals, you can enjoy beautiful and natural looking results.
Male Hair Loss: Causes
Male hair loss is typically caused by genetics. However, hormone imbalances, stress, certain medications and unhealthy lifestyles can also contribute to hair loss. Most men lose their hair beginning at the temples and the front part of the head – this is the well-known receding hairline that typically appears in late 30s and 40s. This condition is called male pattern baldness (Androgenic Alopecia). It causes the hair follicles to shrink over time, eventually leading to inability to produce new hair. As a result, the area of baldness slowly spreads and the remaining hair begins to appear thinner.
Male Hair Loss: Non-Surgical Treatments
Depending on the cause and extent of male baldness, this condition might be treated with non-surgical procedures. Some San Jose / Palo Alto hair loss patients find out that their hair loss was caused by certain medications and supplements. Discontinuing these substances might restore healthy hair. Others might restore hair growth by correcting male hormone imbalances. Medical tests are often needed to diagnose these conditions and find an appropriate solution.
Many men also try Propecia and Rogaine treatments. Propecia is an FDA-approved drug that regulates testosterone. Essentially, Propecia blocks testosterone from being converted into DHT, a hormone that causes the shrinkage of hair follicles. Propecia has to be taken continuously to see the effect, and discontinuing this drug will reverse its benefits. Rogaine is another FDA-approved hair loss treatment. It is administered as a liquid gel or foam. Applied to the scalp twice a day, over time Rogaine might improve the follicles and promote healthy hair growth.
Male Hair Transplants in San Francisco / Palo Alto
Unfortunately, many men find out that hormone therapies and topical medications do not produce the desired results. For these patients, surgical hair transplants might be the best solution. Dr. Hessler offers leading-edge hair transplant techniques that can restore natural-looking, strong hair. She typically performs micro-graft follicle transplantation – a treatment during which single hair follicles are removed and placed into the bald portions of the scalp. The concept of hair transplantation revolves around the central concept of donor dominance. This theory states that a transplanted hair will continue to behave like a hair from where it was taken and not adopt the behavior of surrounding area. While this seems intuitive it actually took a significant amount of rigorous scientific study to determine this behavior. The individual follicular unit transfer treatment approach produces much more natural-looking results than those produced by older techniques, such as Dr. Orentreich’s hair plugs. Hair plugs were popular several decades ago when the only option was to remove small circular grafts of skin with hair and transplant them into the bald areas. Unfortunately that left many patients with a full head of hair but with a doll’s head appearance. Fortunately there are modern procedures that Dr. Hessler can perform to minimize the appearance of unfavorable results from previous hair transplants. Today, Dr. Hessler extracts microscopic hair follicles and transplants them into the scalp, thus creating beautiful hair that does not look fake or surgically manipulated.
The ideal male hair transplant San Jose / Palo Alto candidate is a man with balding scalp but good amount of healthy hair on the sides and back of the head. This is the hair that will be used to harvest hair follicles for transplantation. While most hair transplant candidates are men in their 40s and 50s, even much younger patients can pursue this procedure if they experience early onset of baldness. It is important for younger patients to have a stable hair loss before undergoing a hair transplant procedure. Although many men can prematurely lose their hair, patients should not pursue hair transplant procedures when active hair loss is still occurring. Unfortunately, male hair loss can be frustrating but for the best surgical results it is best to obtain a stable hair line for optimal hair transplant results. It is also important for younger patients to understand that when undergoing hair transplant surgery at a younger age, additional procedures will be needed in the future as hair loss progresses. The progression of hair loss and need for additional treatments can occur from one year to ten years later. Every patient’s hair loss cycle is different.
Hair transplant treatment is a lengthy procedure as Dr. Hessler removes and transplants each hair follicle one-by-one. During the hair follicle harvesting stage, the skin is numbed with local anesthesia and the patient is lightly sedated to ease any anxiety. During the transplantation stage, the skin is numbed but the patient is allowed to awaken from the anesthesia from the harvest. You should not feel any pain during this part of the procedure. Dr. Hessler works with some of the best and most highly trained and sought-after hair technicians. The precision of harvesting the transplant hairs and delicate handling of the hairs and tissues impacts the overall results. Time in surgery depends on the amount of follicle transplants needed, and it can be determined only during a personal consultation with Dr. Hessler at her facial cosmetic surgery San Jose / Palo Alto offices.
Female Hair Loss: Causes
Hair loss in women is different than hair loss in men. Women typically notice a general thinning of hair over the entire top of the head. While often the main cause is genetics, sometimes hormone imbalances, aggressive medications, stress and poor diets can lead to hair thinning as well. In addition, many women subject their hair to aggressive styling techniques such as chemical straightening or curling, bleaching and hot ironing. Over time, these treatments might damage the hair follicles, causing them to shrink. The result is inability to generate new hair and thin, disappearing hair.
Female Hair Loss Treatments in San Francisco / Palo Alto
Female hair loss treatments are similar to male hair loss treatments. However, one major exception is unavailability of Propecia therapy. Women are strongly cautioned not to take or even handle Propecia as this medication can cause hormonal imbalances and various pregnancy problems. On the other hand, women who are diagnosed with female hormone imbalances might improve their hair appearance by resolving their hormonal issues with appropriate prescription or over-the-counter drug therapies.
Similarly to men, women can try to promote hair growth with various topical creams and hair treatments. LED light therapy has also been proven beneficial in early stages of hair loss. Combined with a healthy diet and moderate exercise, these measures might help save and strengthen the existing hair. However, they are unlikely to restore the hair that’s been lost. In order to accomplish this goal, surgical procedures are usually necessary.
Female Hair Transplants and Hairline Lowering
Female hair transplant procedure is similar to male hair transplant. Healthy hair follicles are extracted from the scalp and transplanted into the thinning areas. The treatment might be repeated several times if extensive hair harvesting and transplantation is needed. A high or posterior hairline starting point is a common concern for women. Fortunately, there is an effective surgery to lower the hairline in women. This treatment can help women with very high hairlines achieve a softer, more feminine appearance. In addition, it might help fight female baldness as the scalp skin with hair is stretched toward or over the area that experiences hair loss. The procedure involves creating an incision at the front of the hairline and moving this area forward to create a lower and more balanced hairline starting point. Which surgical approach is the best for you will depend on numerous factors, such as the pattern of baldness and the location and amount of the existing hair, as well as your general health and personal preferences.
In addition to restoring hair on the top of the head, many women are also concerned about thinning eyebrows or eyelashes. In order to grow fuller, longer eyelashes, Dr. Jill Hessler offers Latisse – a prescription medication that has been proven to grow longer, darker eyelashes when applied to the lashline and eyelid skin. Dr. Hessler also offers micro hair follicle transplantation for eyebrows and scars in order to restore a healthy, natural appearance following injury or surgical wounds.
Corrective Hair Transplants
As one of the more accomplished San Jose / Palo Alto hair transplants providers, Dr. Jill Hessler also performs corrective hair transplantation. This treatment is sought by patients who have undergone unsuccessful hair transplantation elsewhere or who wish to achieve a more natural-looking appearance. Each corrective hair transplant procedure is customized to suit the needs of each individual patient. This often involves transplanting individual hairs to soften a hairline that appears harsh or abrupt. Corrective hair transplantation can also involve improving the angle or direction of the transplanted hairs. Dr. Jill Hessler will go over your individual concerns during your hair transplant consultation in her Northern California office and surgery center.
After Your Hair Transplant Procedure
After your hair transplant procedure, you will notice new hair in the previously bald spots of your scalp. Over the next few days, the new hair will fall out. This is completely normal as the transplanted hair follicles go through their natural cycle. Within 2-3 months, the hair follicles will be fully integrated into their new position and you will see the growth of new hair. It is important not to touch the transplanted hair during the first 7-10 days after the procedure. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous activities and impact sports during this time in order not to dislodge the newly transplanted hair follicles.
Within 2-3 months after you hair transplant surgery, you should notice that new hair begin to grow in the treated areas. The final results will usually become apparent within 6-12 months. At this time, the hair transplantation surgery might be repeated to address additional areas of the scalp. Your new hair will be permanent, look natural, and “act” like normal hair – each individual hair will periodically fall out and grow back according to the natural cycle of hair growth.
Schedule Your Hair Transplant Consultation Today
If you would like to discuss your hair transplant options with the top Bay Area / San Francisco hair restoration professional – Dr. Jill L. Hessler – please schedule your consultation today by calling her offices at (650) 799-9009.