Are you struggling with hair loss? Our team at Advanced Clinics in Oklahoma City, OK, offers SmartGraft to help our patients effectively tackle hair loss. Today we’ll go over what this treatment is, how it works, and whether or not it could be a good fit for your needs.
What Is SmartGraft?
An Automated Hair Restoration Device
SmartGraft handles hair restoration through FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction. From our Oklahoma City office, we use this automated hair restoration device to take follicles from donor areas where hair is plentiful, such as the back of the head. We can then transplant these healthy follicles to areas where you’re experiencing hair loss.
While many hair transplant treatments require the use of a scalpel, this treatment is uniquely gentle and doesn’t require either a scalpel or stitches.
What To Expect
The process of extracting donor follicles and implanting them in their new location takes between five to six hours. A single treatment session is usually enough to give our patients the optimal results they’re looking for.
After your treatment, the transplanted hair follicles will establish themselves and start producing hair. Most patients will notice new hair growth in about three months. Once you notice those first signs of growth, you can expect the results to continue to develop and improve. The point of full effect usually arrives between 12 to 14 months.
No More DIY
Sometimes it seems like the internet is swarming with products claiming to work miracles for hair loss. From strange DIY concoctions to creams of dubious origins, many patients have tried a range of different treatments with no noticeable benefits. In fact, you have to be very careful where you buy these products from. Buying hair loss products from untrustworthy sources could end up doing more harm than good.
While some patients try to treat hair loss at home as a way to save money, the truth is that trying out a bunch of different treatments can really add up over time. That means seeking out a single SmartGraft treatment could actually save you money since you won’t be constantly buying new products to try out.
Many traditional hair transplant methods leave linear scars across the patient’s scalp. Eventually, hair growth may hide those scars, but in the meantime a lot of patients feel self-conscious about the scarring and worry about having to cover them up until their hair growth comes back. With this treatment, you don’t have to worry about undesirable scarring.
Results Look Natural
First off, the hair growth itself will look natural because it’s your own hair. This can be helpful for patients who don’t want to rely on a hairpiece, which may be difficult to perfectly match with your hair tone and texture. Patients also can find themselves more anxious when they rely on a hairpiece. The fear of having it fall out or get damaged can take away from their ability to enjoy spontaneous moments.
We also take great care in the placement of your hair follicle implants, so your hair pattern grows smoothly and blends seamlessly with the rest of your hair.
A Gentler Option
Traditional hair transplants have a long recovery period associated with them. This can serve as a deterrent for many patients who want treatment but are intimidated at the thought of having to set aside a block of time as they heal.
Whether you don’t want to miss work or just don’t want to put your life on pause, this treatment can help you get the results you want while being gentler on your body and easier on your schedule.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
A Solution for a Wide Range of People
Male-pattern baldness is a very common concern, but men aren’t the only ones who struggle with hair loss. The truth is, this treatment can be helpful for patients of all genders who want to improve their hair growth and their confidence.
It Can Treat Both Hair Loss and Baldness
Baldness is generally tied to genetics or age, but hair loss, in general, can have many causes. Normal hair loss of 50 to 100 strands per day is considered a normal and natural part of the hair growth cycle. That said, patients can usually tell when hair loss has exceeded this normal amount either due to the changing appearance of their hairline, or finding excess amounts of hair in their brushes or shower.
Hair loss can happen in patches or can present as an overall loss of volume. Regardless of how your hair loss is presenting itself, our team is dedicated to finding you the best possible solution to help you regain healthy hair growth.
FAQ About Hair Loss
1. Can Wearing Tight Hairstyles Lead to Hair Loss?
If you like to pull back your hair or wear it in braids, you’ll want to be careful that it’s not putting too much tension on your scalp. When hairstyles are too tight, it creates friction on your follicles. Over time, this can weaken these follicles and make them fall out.
If you only occasionally wear tight hairstyles it’s not as much of a concern. This is more of an issue for people who consistently wear the same, tight hairstyle for long periods of time. This condition is so well recognized that it has been given the name traction alopecia. Giving your hair a break from tight hairstyles now and then may help prevent this condition from occurring.
2. Do Hormones Affect Hair Loss?
When you first start experiencing hair loss, especially if it’s unexpected, it’s probably a good idea to have your hormone levels checked out. Both overactive and underactive thyroid imbalances can alter the hair growth cycle. Some patients start to experience hair loss due to changes in estrogen levels as well.
After birth, women tend to experience a drop in estrogen and hair regeneration. This is usually a temporary condition, and the patient’s hair growth should return to normal after about a year. On the other hand, women going through menopause may experience more permanent hair loss. These patients may be good candidates for hair loss treatment.
3. What Medications Cause Hair Loss?
There are several medications that could contribute to hair loss. Certain acne medications, cholesterol-lowering medications, antidepressants, or blood thinners can alter hair growth. It’s important to always consult with your doctor if you’re concerned about side effects. Your doctor may be able to switch you to a different form of medication, which can be a good way to check if your medication is truly the cause of your hair loss.
4. Can Diet Affect Hair Growth?
If your hair loss correlates to a recent change in your diet, you may want to look into whether your body is trying to tell you something. Sometimes hair loss can mean you could use more vitamins or protein.
A nutritionist can help you take a look at your diet to see if you’re eating what your body needs in order to produce healthy hair growth. Making healthy changes could improve both the health of your hair and your body as a whole.
5. Can Stress Affect Hair Growth?
Have you ever seen a comic where someone is stressed and pulling at their hair? It’s common to joke about something stressful giving you gray hairs, or something being so stressful it makes you want to pull your hair out.
The truth is, stress actually can have a negative effect on your hair health. For patients who have noticed sudden hair loss, you may want to consider whether there have been any sources of additional stress in your life lately, or any major life changes that correlate to the hair loss. The good news is that while this condition is distressing, it is usually temporary.
How To Handle Stress-Induced Hair Loss
This condition is called telogen effluvium and usually shows up about two or three months after the triggering stressor. If stress is a factor in your hair loss, trying to reduce your daily stress levels can be helpful. Take some time each day to decompress, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Listen to music that soothes you, play a favorite movie or audiobook as you do household tasks, and get plenty of sleep.
If stress is negatively affecting your wellbeing, talking to a professional could help you feel heard, and help you develop healthy coping mechanisms. In time, these changes may help you see an improvement in your stress-induced hair loss symptoms.
Ready for a Consultation in Oklahoma City?
Looking up information to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for treatment can be helpful, but getting the information in person tends to be much more accurate. We’ll be able to go over your goals and condition thoroughly when you come in to visit us. If you’d like to take the next step towards better understanding SmartGraft as a treatment option, contact our friendly team at Advanced Clinics in Oklahoma City, OK, today.