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Regrow Your HairHair Restoration at Illuminate Plastic Surgery

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, including surgery and minimally-invasive treatments, Dr. Brittany Leader at Illuminate Plastic Surgery can help you stop hair loss and reclaim your hair back to a fullness worthy of celebration.

What is Hair Restoration?

Hair restoration refers to a group of scientifically-validated medical procedures that can halt and reverse hair loss. Dr. Leader is highly trained, skilled, and experienced in two approaches to hair restoration, which can be performed alone or in combination:

  • Hair transplant surgery
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
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Is Hair Restoration Treatment Just For Men?

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.

How Does Hair Restoration Surgery Work?

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. She relies on a technique called follicular unit extraction, or FUE. In this procedure, hair follicles are cut out directly from hair-rich sites on your scalp and then placed in hundreds or even thousands of tiny punch incisions made to your balding areas.

How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Achieve Hair Restoration?

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.

What Types Of Hair Loss Can Be Improved By Hair Restoration Procedures?

Hair restoration is particularly effective in treating men with male pattern baldness and women with thinning hair. It has also helped to treat anyone who has lost hair due to a burn or injury to the scalp.

Your Hair Restoration Procedure

Dr. Leader performs 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.

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Hair Restoration Recovery

Your scalp will be sore for a few days following hair restoration 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.

Hair Restoration Results

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.

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Schedule a consultation with Illuminate Plastic Surgery

Dr. Brittany Leader is a nationally recognized expert on medical 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.

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Hair RestorationFrequently Asked Questions

There is some discomfort during the procedure, but local anesthesia is used to control most 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:

  • Aging
  • A family history of baldness
  • Hormonal changes
  • Illness, diet, or stress

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:

  • Women with widespread hair loss
  • People without enough donor hair
  • People who tend to form thick, fibrous scars known as keloids
  • People whose hair loss has resulted from chemotherapy
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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.