Hair loss medication no longer cutting it? Consider hair transplantation surgery at Cooley Hair Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. We offer Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) at our Charlotte hair restoration clinic.
Pattern Hair Loss & Hair Loss Medications
Male or female pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is a common condition that affects a significant portion of men (and women) as they age. It is characterized by a progressive thinning of hair, typically starting at the temples and crown of the head.
While hair loss can be distressing, there are medications available that can help slow down the process and even promote hair regrowth in some cases.
1. Finasteride (Propecia): Finasteride is an oral prescription medication that helps reduce hair loss in men by inhibiting the hormone responsible for hair thinning and loss. Like minoxidil, it requires ongoing use, and its effectiveness can vary among individuals.
2. Minoxidil (Rogaine): Minoxidil is a topical over-the-counter medication that can promote hair regrowth and slow down hair loss. It is typically applied directly to the scalp. While it can be effective for some individuals, its results can vary, and it requires consistent, long-term use to maintain any benefits.
3. Other Medications: There are other less common medications and treatments, such as low-level laser therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which some individuals may explore as part of their hair loss management plan.
When to Consider a Hair Transplant
While hair loss medications can be effective for many individuals, there are situations in which a hair transplant becomes a more suitable option:
1. Advanced Hair Loss: Hair loss medications are often more effective in the early stages of hair loss or for those with mild to moderate thinning. If you have significant hair loss or bald areas, a hair transplant may provide a more substantial and lasting solution.
2. Desire for Permanent Results: Only hair transplants offer a permanent solution to hair loss. Once transplanted hair follicles take root, they are generally considered to be permanent and continue to grow for a lifetime.
3. Natural-Looking Results: Hair transplants, especially modern techniques like Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), can provide natural-looking results. Surgeons like Dr. Jerry Cooley take great care to create hairlines that mimic natural growth patterns.
4. Improved Self-Esteem: Hair loss can have a significant impact on self-esteem and confidence. If you find that hair loss is negatively affecting your self-image, a hair transplant can be a transformative
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Dr. Jerry Cooley often recommends follicular unit transplantation (FUT) surgery to his hair loss patients with advanced hair loss. By harvesting healthy follicles from the strip of skin excised from the donor area (usually the back of the scalp), Dr. Cooley can rebuild hairlines and restore the patients’ hair to a fuller, more youthful appearance.
During an FUT hair transplant, the patient is given a sedative, and the scalp is also numbed using local anesthesia. Afterward, Dr. Cooley removes a strip of the scalp from either the back or side of the head. Hair located in these areas is resistant to hair loss and retains a high survival rate when moved to other areas of the scalp. The donor site is then sutured closed using stitches that will be removed in 2-3 weeks.
After preparation, each follicular unit is placed individually into the targeted areas of the scalp. Dr. Cooley takes great care in constructing a new hairline that appears natural, mirroring the patterns of surrounding hair growth for results that are seamless.
The FUT procedure can last several hours, varying on a patient-by-patient basis, and though results vary for each individual, visible results can be expected within 6-9 months.
Follicular Unit Excision
In FUE, individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area (usually the back or sides of the scalp) using a small handheld punch device. These follicular units are then carefully transplanted one by one into the recipient area, mimicking natural hair growth patterns. FUE is known for its minimal scarring, quick recovery, and ability to provide natural-looking results. It is commonly chosen by individuals seeking a less invasive and more discreet hair restoration option.
Dr. Cooley uses the latest techniques and hair loss research to produce natural results and avoid the pitfalls of past procedures. FUE is completed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Cooley utilizes a small handheld punch device that removes individual follicular units. Grafts are taken from the back and sides of the head, from areas that are more resistant to hair loss.
All grafts are placed in a holding solution containing special vitamins and nutrients to preserve the follicular units. Then Dr. Cooley transplants them one by one into the targeted areas, carefully placing them in patterns that mimic the natural growth of the hair in the surrounding area.
Scarring is virtually nonexistent following the procedure. Patients can expect to experience a significant improvement in their hair density in about six months. New hair growth will continue to improve for up to 18 months. FUE results should last a lifetime, and patients can expect to enjoy their fuller, more youthful head of hair for many years.
Hair Transplant Cost in North Carolina
The average cost of a hair transplant in North Carolina is between $8,000 and $18,000. The exact cost will depend on the number of grafts needed, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographic location. Generally, FUE will be more expensive than FUT because it involves manually harvesting individual follicular units from the scalp and requires more time to perform.
Why Choose Dr. Cooley
With over 30 years of experience in hair transplantation, Dr. Cooley provides a personalized hair restoration plan for every patient, harnessing a multi-modal approach, including non-surgical hair loss treatments such as minoxidil, finasteride, and PRP in combination with surgical hair transplantation.
Restore your image and confidence with a hair transplant at Cooley Hair Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reach out to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerry Cooley. Cooley Hair Center serves patients in and around Minneapolis, including Saint Paul, Lakeville, and St. Cloud as well as traveling patients from around the world.