Love is blind. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This time of year is always generously peppered phrases about love, beauty, and romance. Romance is in the air, and if there’s one thing that will make this special occasion romantic, it’s feeling confident.
Hair loss can put a huge dent in anyone’s confidence, and its impact is in no way superficial. During a 2020 survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, when respondents were asked to identify the main reason they were seeking hair restoration, the most common responses were social/dating (37%), followed by career/professional (34%).
Whether you’re single or have found your significant other, consider giving yourself, or each other, the gift of confidence. Hair restoration is one of the most sought-after treatments today for both men and women. In many cases, hair loss can be reversed through effective cosmetic approaches that can help restore a full, natural-looking head of hair.
Hair loss, thinning hair, and a receding hairline is a very common concern for men in the United States. Statistics show that 25% of men experience signs of thinning hair before the age of 21, and around 85% will have visible hair loss by age 50. While not all hair loss is permanent, men are particularly susceptible to having a genetic predisposition to thinning and balding that typically manifests as a receding hairline and the telltale bald spot at the crown of the head. When hair loss is permanent, the only proven way to restore it is through a hair restoration procedure.
Currently, Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is the gold standard in hair restoration as the procedure is minimally invasive. FUE involves extracting viable hair follicles from the back or sides of the head using a specialized device and then implanting them in the area where more hair growth is desired. The newly implanted hair follicles continue the natural hair growth cycle and results improve each week, with full realization at 9-12 months post-procedure. Unlike traditional FUT methods, which involved surgically removing a strip from the back of the patient’s scalp and grafting it to a new area, FUE procedures are minimally invasive, enable a faster recovery process, and leave no linear scarring.
Venus Concept devices that use FUE are NeoGraft® and ARTAS iX™, two of the most technically advanced hair restoration devices on the market today. ARTAS iX™, designed with the complexities of male hair loss in mind, uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to design the ideal extraction and placement of the hair follicles. The device’s robotic precision and speed protect your existing hair and maintain a natural appearance for the newly implanted hair. The result is a healthy-looking head of hair that lasts a long time.
Women experience hair loss differently than men do, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less common: as many as 30 million women in the United States alone report experiencing some sort of hair loss. Female hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including lifestyle changes, stress, and illness. However, women are also prone to genetic hair loss, though it tends to get less attention in the medical community than male pattern baldness. Like men, women may experience overall thinning, a receding hairline, and balding that may or may not be permanent. In cases where the hair loss is permanent, hair restoration surgery can help reverse the loss and restore the previous look of the hair.
As mentioned above, Follicular Unit Extraction is the most popular and effective method of hair restoration for women, as it is for men. The results from FUE are more natural than traditional methods, require no stitches, and leave no visible scarring. Once transplanted, the hair grows normally. NeoGraft® is the latest generation in hair restoration devices. It uses automated FUE to transplant the healthiest follicles through precision micrografts that cause little to no discomfort during the procedure, and require little downtime. After some initial tenderness in the first 2-3 days, most people return to regular activities. The transplanted hair will look natural, grow at the same rate as the surrounding hair, and are long-lasting.
Recovering lost hair, for both men and women, also means recovering self-esteem and confidence in one’s appearance. In the same survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, when people who’d undergone a procedure were asked to rate the positive emotional impact of having their hair restored, 95% indicated that the impact was high. Start a conversation with yourself or a loved one about how your hair loss is impacting you and whether you’d like to do something about it. To find out if hair restoration is right for you, get in touch with a clinic near you by using the search field below: