You Don't Have to Live with Thinning Hair

You Don't Have to Live with Thinning Hair

Most people think of men when they think of balding heads, and that’s pretty accurate considering about 35 million men around the world experience hair loss. But women aren’t off the hook — approximately 21 million also lose their locks as they age. 

There are countless creams and shampoos that promise to restore your hair, and even some drugs that claim to stop the thinning process, which is why the hair loss treatment market rakes in a cool $3.4 billion a year. Unfortunately, most of those products fail.

When you’re ready to try a treatment that has a proven track record, come see us at Frederick H. Watkins, MD, in McLean, Virginia, and Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Watkins is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals, and that includes folks who are losing their hair. 

Rather than wasting your money on ineffective topicals and drugs, Dr. Watkins approaches hair loss with a permanent solution — follicular unit transfer (FUT). Here, he explains what you need to know about hair loss and takes a closer look at how FUT can change your look and your life.

Why am I losing hair?

Although not everyone goes bald as they age, everyone’s hair changes as they enter their golden years. The extent of those changes depends on several variables, including genetics, overall health, diet, hair care habits, and hormones, but no one gets off scot-free. Here’s why.

During your youth, your hair felt thick and healthy because all your systems were running at maximum productivity. But as you age, these systems begin to slow down — for example, you produce fewer hormones that support hair growth.

What’s more, the life cycle of each hair strand — which is normally about 2-7 years — shortens. Hair becomes thinner, and thin hairs tend to fall out of their follicles easily. 

But age and genes aren’t the only factors in hair loss. Frequent shampooing, heat tools, a low-protein diet, and even some medications can cause your hair to drop out. 

If any of these factors apply to you, you may be able to slow the loss by making adjustments to your habits and lifestyle, but if you’re like the millions of men and women who are losing their hair no matter what they try at home, you may be a good candidate for follicular unit transfer.

How advanced follicular unit transfer can save your hair

If the term “hair transplant” instantly conjures up an image of fake-looking hair plugs, we understand why you’d want to steer clear of that approach. 

Follicular unit transfer is different — and much better!

FUT is an advanced method of hair transplantation that results in natural-looking hair growth that lasts. To perform the procedure, Dr. Watkins locates an area of hair on your head that produces thick, healthy hair strands, typically from the back or sides of your head. 

He then carefully removes a strip from your scalp. Don’t worry, though, once your incision heals, the thin scar will be hidden by the rest of your hair.

From the harvested strip, Dr. Watkins dissects it into smaller units that contain 1-4 hair follicles each. He then transplants those individual units to the area where your hair is thinning or balding. 

What to expect from FUT

If you choose to solve your hair loss with FUT, expect to spend about 5-10 hours in our office. The procedure is lengthy because it’s so precise. Dr. Watkins painstakingly places each hair unit to ensure a natural hair growth pattern.

Unlike older techniques that transferred larger sections of scalp and hair and ended up looking like misplaced fake “plugs,” FUT transfers allow for more strategic placement. They also contain the original nerves and sebaceous glands to support long-term growth and regrowth.

Although the transplanted hair may fall out initially, don’t panic — when it grows back, you’ll have thicker, denser, healthier hair. After about three months, your scars will be completely healed, and your new hair will fool even the closest observers. FUTs are virtually undetectable, so you can brush it, wash it, flip it, and flaunt it with confidence.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for FUT, schedule a consultation with Dr. Watkins by booking online or calling our location most convenient to you. 

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