Gender and ethnic differences are manifested most prominently in the overall appearance of an individual—the "look" that an individual presents to others. At different levels, gender and ethnicity influence an individual’s life and appearance in multiple ways.
Consulting with a physician hair restoration specialist who's a medical doctor with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary for diagnosis and treatment of hair loss can answer and ease any worries or concerns.
Two pharmacologic hair restoration treatments are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, Finasteride (Propecia®) an orally administered agent, and Minoxidil (Rogaine®) a topically applied agent.
An important part of the consultation will be to make sure the patient understands that (1) results will be individual to the patient and cannot be compared to results in another person, and (2) the final result will reflect the patient’s wishes for outcome and the physician’s ability to deliver an optimal result.
An important-and for some prospective patients the most important-question regarding hair restoration surgery is: Will it be painful?
A graft is the tissue unit of one or more hair follicles that has been removed from a donor site on the scalp, to be inserted into an area of hair loss.
Hair characteristics are important in establishing a unique identity for each individual person. Some of the characteristics noted are color, caliber and geometric property.
Smoking, Drinking, Medications and Herbal Products Can All Affect the Course of Your Hair Restoration Surgery
The connection between smoking, drinking, medications, herbal products and surgery is their potential to contribute to excessive bleeding during the operation, and bleeding or "oozing" after the operation.
Women with a family history of hair loss may be especially alert for any indications of thinning hair on their own scalps. If medical treatment to halt hair thinning is ineffective, the woman may turn to hair transplantation as a means of restoring hair in areas of hair loss.
The perception of hair loss as a cosmetic "defect" influences the way in which both men and women may be assessed, but it is often a detriment to women more than to men. Bald men are viewed as a "Mr. Big" image but for women, thinning hair is an age-related cosmetic detriment.