Whether it's by way of color, length, or style, hair is a form of self-expression. A full head of hair can also represent vitality or youthfulness and plays a big part in your overall confidence. That’s why losing your hair can feel so frustrating. Through innovative methods of hair restoration Palo Alto & San Jose plastic surgeon Dr. Brittany Leader at Illuminate Plastic Surgery can help you stop hair loss and reclaim your hair back to a fullness worthy of celebration.
Hair restoration refers to a group of scientifically-validated medical procedures that can halt and reverse hair loss. Dr. Leader is Double Board Certified, highly trained, skilled, and experienced in several approaches to hair restoration, which can be performed alone or in combination:
About sixty percent of men and fifty percent of women can expect to experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. Today’s treatment options have come a long way to offer much more “natural” looking results than historically employed techniques. If you’ve ever considered hair restoration, it's now a great time to explore the latest advancements.
At Illuminate Plastic Surgery in San Jose & Palo Alto hair restoration surgery begins by removing small pieces of healthy hair-bearing scalp or individual hair follicles from a donor site resistant to hair loss on your head. Dr. Leader then grafts them to a balding or thinning area of your scalp. These two different approaches are called follicular unit transfer, or FUT, and follicular unit extraction, or FUE. In this procedure, transplanted hair follicles are then placed in hundreds or even thousands of tiny punch incisions made into the areas of desired hair growth. Hair restoration surgery can be performed on your scalp, eyebrows, beard, or even along surgical scars with associated hair loss.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is an innovative concept that uses your own enhanced blood to heal, repair, and restore function to many types of human tissue, including hair growth. During treatment, small amounts of your blood are drawn, and a special centrifuge separates the platelets from the plasma. The plasma is then concentrated with platelets before being injected into the treatment areas on your scalp. It is “high octane” cellular-healing fuel, and since it is composed of your own blood cells, it is completely safe and natural. PRP helps to prevent hair loss as well as promote new hair growth. It can also help stimulate hair growth after hair transplant procedures.
This treatment is performed in-office, is completely painless as it does not require any needles, and there is no downtime. Using sound waves the device gently increases the permeability of your skin and then a special serum with growth factors and peptides is placed onto the areas of hair thinning to stimulate increased hair growth. Patients see decreased shedding and increased hair density. This is performed over a series of treatments for optimal results. Any area of thinning hair can be treated such as the scalp, eyebrows, or beard.
With our techniques in hair restoration Palo Alto & San Jose Illuminate locations are both particularly effective in treating men with male pattern baldness and women with thinning hair. We have also helped to treat those who have lost hair due to a burn or injury to the scalp.
Dr. Leader performs San Jose or Palo Alto hair restoration procedures in-clinic using local anesthesia. While PRP injection therapy is a very quick procedure, hair transplant surgery may take four hours or more to complete. You may also require more than one session to achieve your desired results. Dr. Leader will make an assessment during your consultation and work with you on a treatment plan that is personalized to your goals.
Your scalp will be sore for a few days following a Palo Alto or San Jose hair transplantation surgery, but any discomfort can be managed through pain medication. Dr. Leader will help to guide your recovery and may prescribe medication to control pain, antibiotics to reduce infection risk, and or anti-inflammatories to minimize any swelling. It is imperative that you immediately inform us of any questions or concerns and always keep your follow-up appointments. Dr. Leader and the Illuminate team are available to support every patient after surgery to ensure a smooth recovery. Most people can return to work within a couple of days after surgery.
Most people who undergo a hair transplant are able to regain significant hair growth in the transplanted areas of their scalp. Although it may take up to six months to see initial results, your complete and permanent benefits can be realized in about a year.
Dr. Brittany Leader is a Palo Alto & San Jose plastic surgeon and a nationally recognized expert on hair restoration treatments and techniques. Dr. Leader would like nothing more than to help you with your aesthetic goals and realize a more confident and youthful you. Schedule your consultation today.Contact Us
There is some discomfort during the procedure, but local anesthesia is used to control the pain. You should feel nothing more.
All procedures carry risks. In the case of hair transplant surgery, these may include bleeding, infection, itching, scarring, numbness, hair loss, and cyst formation. Risks associated with PRP therapy are bleeding, tissue damage, and infection.
Since hair restoration is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not pay for it.
Yes. These medications can help to further boost hair growth and stop future hair loss in conjunction with other restoration therapies.
Hair loss may be caused by any number of reasons including:
Contrary to some beliefs, baldness is not determined exclusively by your maternal grandfather, nor is it caused by poor circulation to the scalp. It is true that, generally, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe it will become.
Hair restoration is often ineffective in treating:
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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.