Advanced Treatments for Non-Pattern Hair Loss

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Advanced Treatments for Non-Pattern Hair Loss

Non-patterned Hair Loss – Causes and Treatments

The stages of hair loss typically follow one of several common patterns – from a receding hairline to the classical horseshoe to the central bald spot. While genetics is the leading cause of male pattern baldness, some types of hair loss occur outside of this category. Hair falling out in patches or during a relatively short time period can have a number of causes, making non-patterned hair loss challenging to treat, as well as frustrating and troubling to those suffering from it. Learning to identify the various characteristics of non-patterned loss can lead to a quicker diagnosis and effective treatment.

As cited by WebMD, heredity accounts for 95 percent of all the cases of alopecia (baldness) in the United States. The remaining five percent can be due to a number of factors, including:

Diet – Unusually high levels of vitamin A or low levels of iron or protein. Iron is essential for the production of hair protein.

Illness – Thyroid disease, severe infection or flu.

Medications – Drugs used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), heart problems, depression or gout; birth control pills.

Hormonal imbalances – Changes in female hormone levels during pregnancy or menopause. Also, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can cause hair loss by increasing levels of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Stress – One of the most common causes of non-patterned hair loss, stress can trigger production of higher androgen levels. Androgens can attack the hair growth cycle and shorten it, which can cause hair loss.

Recognizing Alopecia Areata

Often mistaken as stress-related hair loss, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), alopecia areata can cause different types of hair loss: alopecia areata (hair loss in patches), alopecia totalis (total hair loss on the scalp) and alopecia universalis (hair loss on the entire body).

The AAD notes that alopecia areata in all of its variations is not due to nerves, and most often occurs in otherwise healthy people. Hair typically grows back, but can fall out again.

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) is a resource for those living with this condition. The NAAF states that although there are currently no treatments that work for everyone, some are effective for some people, depending on which type of alopecia areata is involved, the patient’s age and the extent of hair loss.

The main goals of treatment are to block the immune system’s attack and/or to stimulate hair regrowth. According to the NAAF, this can be effective, especially for those with less than 50 percent hair loss. For those with greater than 50 percent loss, oral and topical medications are available, as well as phototherapy (light treatments).

Recognizing Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs over time. It is caused by putting the hair under constant strain or tension, and usually results from wearing hair in very tight ponytails, pigtails, tight braids or cornrows. As more hair falls out, sufferers tend to attempt to mask the issue through weaves and hair extensions – which sets up a vicious cycle that worsens the condition.

This was the case with J.D. – a patient of Dr. Marco Barusco who sought treatment for her traction alopecia, made worse by the weaves she used to create the appearance of a full head of hair. In her job as a pharmaceutical representative, presenting a polished, professional image is essential, which led J.D. to research hair restoration specialists before scheduling an appointment at Tempus Hair Restoration. After a successful treatment program, J.D. is now proud to let her natural hair represent her self-confidence to the world. And she is not wearing tight ponytails anymore.

Treatments For Non-Patterned Hair Loss

Unlike male and female pattern baldness, the cause of each individual case of non-patterned hair loss is different. A diagnosis by a licensed physician who has experience with hair loss needs to be made in order for a course of treatment to be planned. While you may suspect a cause, attempting to treat non-patterned hair loss without a diagnosis can make the condition worse – or at the very least, delay effective treatment and the desired outcome of healthy hair.

Dr. Barusco has over 20 years of experience treating all types of hair loss – including non-patterned. His professional credentials include: Diplomate and Past President (2017) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery; Assistant Professor of Surgery – University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).

We offer the latest, most advanced treatments available for non-patterned hair loss. Our blog post, “Non-surgical Treatments for Hair Restoration,” discusses prescription medications and other treatments our practice utilizes, depending upon the individual patient’s case.

If you are suffering with non-patterned hair loss, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Barusco. Unlike many other hair restoration practices, Dr. Barusco conducts all consultations (both in-office and virtually) himself, and performs all procedures.

Should you be reading this article outside of the areas served by our 14 offices throughout Florida, we can make arrangements for a virtual consultation with Dr. Barusco. For your convenience, consultations are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Barusco and our staff look forward to meeting you, and helping you get the right treatment for your type of hair loss.

What You Need to Know About the Combined FUE and FUT Hair Transplantation Procedure

Just as in other fields of medical science, advancements are constantly being made in hair transplantation surgical procedures. Since the late 1930s, techniques have continued to evolve, becoming more refined to give those with advanced hair loss better, more natural-looking results. The well-known and proven Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedures each can be the best surgical solution for an individual patient. However, combining the two procedures has great advantages. Tempus Hair Restoration offers this combined FUE and FUT procedure, which Dr. Marco Barusco has performed on an ongoing basis over the years – and also teaches to hair restoration surgeons throughout the world.

The FUE and FUT combined technique has the potential of providing the most donor hair at once, and can be a good option in such situations as the following:

  • When a very large number of grafts are needed. Combining both techniques can provide the desired number of grafts in one procedure, versus having to do multiple ones as it is the case in most practices.
  • When the goal is to improve a bad scar from a previous FUT procedure while harvesting grafts.

The advantages are twofold. In addition to achieving the maximum amount of coverage possible, the combined FUE and FUT technique allows the patient to have the entire procedure performed in a single surgery. Typically, patients with more advanced hair loss must undergo several hair transplant procedures, having to wait one year or more between.

Most practices – especially those that just offer FUE – can transplant only a certain number of grafts during one procedure. By using the combined FUE and FUT technique, we are able to cover large areas of baldness at one time. This allows patients to achieve their goal much sooner, without repeated periods of healing between multiple procedures. Depending upon the patient’s type of hair loss, Dr. Barusco may also customize treatment to include stem cells therapy and PRP/ACell.

While the combined FUE and FUT procedure is gaining an increasing amount of “buzz” in the national media, it should only be performed by a surgeon with an excellent track record of minimal scarring and considerable experience and expertise in hair transplants. Relatively few are qualified to perform it, and for its perfect execution, it also requires an experienced team of assistants. Dr. Barusco – founder and Chief Medical Officer of Tempus Hair Restoration – is a board-certified surgeon who is internationally recognized as a leader in hair restoration. In addition, the nursing staff at Tempus Hair Restoration has been working with Dr. Barusco for over 15 years, and are some of the most experienced in the world.

Dr. Barusco’s many credentials include: Diplomate and Past President (2017) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery; Assistant Professor of Surgery – University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). He most recently received American Registry’s America’s Most Honored Professionals 2018 award and was recognized as being in the top one-percent of this distinguished group.

Unlike the staff structure at most other practices, Dr. Barusco performs every surgery himself – never utilizing an assistant or technician to perform this exacting procedure – focusing on one patient at a time. However, technical expertise in and of itself doesn’t necessarily produce an aesthetically pleasing result. Dr. Barusco brings an exceptional sense of artistry to each procedure to achieve the effect of healthy, naturally growing hair. He is Chief Editor (Hair Restoration section) of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) and Adjunct Faculty for the AACS’ Fellowship Training Program in Facial and General Cosmetic Surgery, attesting to his outstanding credentials in the area of aesthetic surgery.

We invite you to access Dr. Barusco’s Curriculum Vitae on our website, and be assured that you will be in the care of the foremost surgeon in the hair restoration field. Dr. Barusco conducts all consultations (both in-office and virtually) and performs all hair transplantation procedures. Should you be reading this article outside of the areas served by our 14 offices throughout Florida, we can help you by offering a virtual consultation with Dr. Barusco and by making travel and accommodation arrangements for your procedure. For your convenience, consultations are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn if the combined FUE and FUT procedure is the right treatment for your type of hair loss. We are here to help you obtain the best results so that you can enjoy the level of self-confidence you deserve.