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Category: Hair Loss

Hair Restoration using PRP

TruPRPPRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is specially prepared concentrate of your own blood that has high levels of platelets. Platelets are cells that when activated release key growth factors involved in healing and tissue regeneration. In the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine, PRP has emerged as an exciting treatment for a variety of aesthetic applications, such as the “vampire facial”, non-surgical hair restoration, and facial rejuvenation.

It is important to note that not all PRP is the same. At the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we are the only office-based center in New Jersey that utilizes the Magellan TruPRP System, which produces the highest concentration and purest, hospital-grade PRP.

acellThere are new and exciting uses for PRP in the field of hair restoration. ACell, also referred to as MatriStem, is a product known to promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. Combined injection therapy of ACell and PRP has been demonstrated to stimulate hair follicles that are miniaturizing or those that are in the resting phase. This can be used as a stand-alone treatment, particularly in men and women with diffusely thinning hair. Combined injection therapy with PRP and ACell is almost universally used at the Wise Center with hair grafting procedures (FUE, NeoGraft). When used in combination with hair transplantation, PRP and ACell preserve existing hair and augment results of traditional grafting techniques. In short, it is used as a “fertilizer” for the hair.

The ability of PRP to induce tissue regeneration and form new collagen has led to its use in facial rejuvenation. The “Vampire Facial” involves combining PRP and micro-needling of the skin to fill in lines and wrinkles and revitalize the skin’s elasticity in the dermal layer. The use of PRP in combination with facelifting, fat transfer, or laser-skin resurfacing has been shown to amplify results and decrease downtime.

Because it is derived from your own blood, PRP appeals to patients who do not desire foreign substances injected into their face, as in the case of commercially-prepared dermal fillers. Its development and large number of potential applications has been exciting in the fields of hair restoration, wound healing, and facial rejuvenation. During a consultation, Dr. Wise will be able determine if you are a candidate for any of the above procedures.

 

The Importance of Eyebrows

Beautiful woman holding a pair of tweezers next to her eyebrowThe delicate hairs above the eyes are not something that the general population thinks about on a regular basis. It is thought that the eyebrows, similar to the eyelashes, function to protect the eyes from getting debris in them. This may seem of minimal importance, but the eyebrows actually play a much larger role in human interaction.

Communication

In addition to their practical function, the eyebrows are essential to communicating our emotions to others. How an individual is feeling is highly reflected through his or her eyebrows based on their angle, height, and shape. For example, eyebrows that are angled downward in the middle generally show that a person is angry or upset, while raised eyebrows often indicate surprise. In addition, wavy or scrunched eyebrows usually signify confusion or doubt. The non-verbal communication of these feelings through our eyebrows is critical for human interaction because a single look can express more than words alone.

Perception and Reaction

People perceive the mental outlook of others based on their eyebrows without even realizing it, and this can affect how we interact (or don’t) with others. Since the eyebrows can convey a person’s mood, a person may be judged as easygoing and approachable or angry and rude just from their eyebrows. People with eyebrows that permanently hang low over their eyes generally project an angry or sad appearance, and people with eyebrows that are rounded or uplifted are usually perceived as happier and welcoming. Based on these perceptions, we may or may not approach and interact with a person.

Beauty

The characteristics of the eyebrows can also affect how beautiful we think a person is. The eyebrows give shape and definition to the eyes, which has a direct effect on the appearance of the rest of the face. Many women and men spend a lot of time and money shaping, dyeing, and filling in their eyebrows to make them frame their face in the most attractive way and balance their facial features. Everything from the length and shape to the thickness and color of the eyebrows affect a person’s overall facial appearance. If you don’t think eyebrows make much of a difference, check out these images of celebrities without their eyebrows.

Eyebrow Enhancement

Unfortunately, as we age the eyebrows tend to become thinner, and some people suffer from conditions that cause their eyebrows to disappear altogether. People with sparse or no eyebrows don’t reap the full benefits of these important tools for human interaction. While some people may turn to tattooing to improve the appearance of their eyebrows, this solution fades over time and is not very aesthetically pleasing to everyone. Eyebrow enhancement with NeoGraft® provides a permanent and natural solution to hair loss in the eyebrow area.

Close up photo of a beautiful blue-eyed woman with long eyelashes

For those who desire to restore full, natural-looking eyebrows, Dr. Wise offers eyebrow enhancement. This restoration and enhancement procedure uses the NeoGraft® Automated FUE (follicular unit extraction) Hair Transplant System to graft individual hair follicles from specific areas of the scalp to the eyebrows. The results appear completely natural, blend in with existing eyebrow hairs, and will continue to grow like natural hair after the procedure is complete.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise has the skill and precision to provide excellent results with eyebrow restoration and enhancement. To learn more about this procedure and schedule your consultation with Dr. Wise, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today.

Hair Loss in Women

Nervous girl pulling her hair down and looking at her scalp on a white background

Although most people think that hair loss occurs mainly in men, just under half of hair loss sufferers in the United States are women. While male hair loss is generally accepted by society as a normal part of aging, women with sparse hair may feel outcast or isolated with their condition. Hair loss in women can lead to embarrassment, lack of self-confidence, and psychological damage, which can negatively affect their health.

For those who are dealing with the problem of hair loss, Dr. Wise can help get to the root of the problem and restore thick, full hair to thinning areas. Enjoy your own natural, beautiful hair – no more wearing wigs, covering your head, or drawing on your eyebrows.

NeoGraft© Automated FUE and Hair Transplant SystemYoung woman with beautiful brunette hair on a white background

The NeoGraft© Automated FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and Transplant System is a procedure that removes individual hair follicles from one part of the scalp and transplants them to another area. Donor hair is generally taken from the back of the scalp, and it can be transplanted to cover large or small areas of the head. This non-surgical treatment can also be performed for eyebrow enhancement to rejuvenate the appearance of patients with inadequate eyebrow hair.

Since individual hair follicles are transplanted, no incisions are necessary, which means no scarring will result. Patients experience little to no discomfort, enjoy a faster recovery with minimal activity restrictions, and may return to work within a few days. The NeoGraft© procedure provides higher patient safety with improved results compared to other hair restoration treatments.

The LaserCap®

This medical-grade system offers the same powerful treatment for hair loss found in clinics, but patients can use the LaserCap® in the comfort of their own home. The LaserCap® treats hair loss in the scalp as the patient wears it every other day for 30 minutes. Improvement in hair quality is generally seen within the first weeks of treatment. Shedding is often reduced within 3 to 6 months, and new hair usually grows within 6 months to a year of use.

If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from hair loss, the restoration process can begin with a simple consultation. Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise is one of the few physicians in the northeast United States to offer NeoGraft© treatment, and he is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and head and neck surgeon with the skill and experience necessary to create natural-looking results. To learn more about these hair restoration treatments, please call Dr. Wise’s New Jersey practice at 973-658-4019 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

10 Surprising Facts about Hair Loss

Male without hairCauses of Hair Loss

1. Heredity is the most common cause of hair loss. It is known medically as “androgenetic alopecia.”

2. Hereditary baldness is not caused by the hair falling out, but rather by normal hair gradually being replaced by finer, thinner hairs.

3. You must lose over 50 percent of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.

4. More than 50 percent of men have male pattern hair loss by the age of 50.

5. Forty percent of women will have female pattern hair loss by the time they reach menopause.

6. Statistically, hereditary pattern baldness is more commonly inherited from the mother’s side of the family, but hair loss can actually be inherited from the father’s side, the mother’s side, or both.

7. Many think that hair loss can be caused by wearing hats, frequent shampooing, clogged pores, or decreased blood flow to the scalp. These are all myths.

  • Wearing hats:  Many believe that frequent hat wearing causes hair loss because it “suffocates” the scalp. Hair follicles actually get oxygen from the bloodstream rather than the air, so wearing hats has no effect on hair loss.

  • Frequent shampooing:  When people notice that their hair is thinning, they often pay more attention to the hair that falls out after shampooing and assume that this is the cause. It is completely normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, many of which are lost when you wash your hair.

  • Clogged pores:  If baldness were due to clogged pores, the solution would be to simply clear the pores so the hair could grow. This is not the case.

  • Decreased blood flow to the scalp:  Decreased blood flow is actually a result of hair loss, not a cause. Growing hair requires a significant amount of blood flow, but once the hair is lost, not as much blood is needed in the scalp.

8. Certain drugs can cause hair loss. Many of them are used to treat:

  • Cancer

  • Arthritis

  • Depression

  • Heart problems

  • High blood pressure

9. Thyroid imbalance and iron deficiency are reversible causes for hair loss.

NeoGraft© and LaserCap®: Dr. Wise’s Hair loss Solutions

10. Hair loss can be easily treated.

Surgical hair restoration involves scarring that can be difficult to hide. Dr. Wise offers two methods of non-invasive hair restoration at his practice.

The NeoGraft© Automated FUE (follicular unit extraction) Hair Transplant System for hair restoration provides the following advantages over other procedures:

  • No scarring

  • Little to no discomfort

  • Quick recovery time

  • Greater safety and efficiency

Dr. Wise also offers the LaserCap®, a device that is designed to fit discreetly inside almost any hat. Improvement in the quality of your hair can be seen within the first few weeks of use, and regrowth can be seen within six months to one year of use.

If you are one of the 56 million Americans suffering from hair loss, the restoration process can begin with a simple consultation. To learn more about Dr. Wise’s hair restoration procedures at his Wayne, New Jersey practice, please call 973-658-4019 or fill out our online contact form today.

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