Treatments

 

Transplants:

Through a sophisticated micro-grafting technique, follicles from those unaffected areas are transferred to the thinning or balding regions. This begins when Dr Pinette and his team remove a ‘donor’ strip from the patient’s head. This strip is dissected carefully into individual and multiple hair grafts, and then the recipient area is prepared with tiny incisions into which the donor hair grafts are inserted.

This relatively new approach produces results far more subtle than earlier transplants, and it has encouraged the growing popularity of hair transplant surgery.

Most clients require only one session, but this depends on the degree of baldness or thinning. In the first session, the micro-grafts are distributed through the entire bald area. Each session takes an average of eight hours.

Dr Pinette uses state-of-the-art micro-grafting techniques that are proven safe and effective. Micro-graft implants contain one-to-three hairs per graft. As a result, the scar tissue in the healing area is nearly non-existent and healing time is between five to seven days. The newly transplanted hair is genetically programmed to keep growing, making this an investment that will literally last a lifetime.

Dr Pinette believes in delivering the best advances to you to create the best possible outcome.  That includes including low level light therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections to your transplant treatment and post-care.  These additional treatments can vastly improve your healing time, reduce scar tissue, and restore your hair more quickly.

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the latest advancement in hair loss therapy. PRP is done by taking a small sample of your blood and then spinning that sample in a specialized centrifuge. At the end of the preparation, your blood has been divided into 3 main parts:  red and white blood cells at the bottom of the tube, a thin layer of platelets in the middle, and plasma at the top. We take the middle section of plasma with all the platelets in it (which is platelet-rich) and then inject it into the scalp where there is hair loss. In order to help the procedure go more smoothly and comfortably for you, we provide numbing to the front of the hairline so the rest of the injections are not felt.   Platelets contain 3 main components: clotting factors, healing factors, and growth factors. When the PRP is injected into the scalp the platelets release their factors and the healing and growth factors work to repair the hair follicles and stimulate hair regrowth.

The treatment protocol is to complete 3 sessions in the first 3 months. This is done to both stop ongoing hair loss as quickly as we can and to start the process of hair regrowth as the hair follicles are nurtured to recover and regrow.

PRP can be done for both men and women. It is a great option for women who are experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, even at earlier stages. For men, PRP can quickly help to stabilize the hair loss and regrow the hair. For people with a completely smooth scalp, PRP may not provide much benefit as the hair loss may be too advanced.

One PRP session is generally repeated every 6 months to maintain the results.

 

Laser Cap / Laser Therapy:

LaserCap™ and Capillus™ Laser Cap are low level light treatment for hair loss. This treatment is a portable home device that patients are able to insert inside a hat and reduce the effect of hair loss, thinning, shedding, and receding hair lines. There is a Laser Cap for every budget.

We also offer in-office low level light therapy to treat hair loss. This may be a good option for you if you want to see if laser therapy is the best solution for you, and prior to committing to a home treatment version.

Laser Therapy is a catch-all phrase that refers to low level laser light treatment that stimulates hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, which aids in cellular repair. Laser therapy is thought to improve cellular metabolism and protein synthesis and reduces protein-blocking enzymes which helps by promoting hair thickness and density.

Over 90% of people will see stabilization of their hair loss (i.e., it stops the loss) within months of starting laser therapy. But like everything in hair restoration, hair regrowth takes time and it can take up to 6-9 months to see regrowth of hair in 50-70% of people. Light therapy has to be continued to maintain the results.

 

Rogaine:

Rogaine (also known as Minoxidil) is a hair loss product that helps men regrow their hair, and reduce ongoing hair loss. It is applied on the scalp in a solution or foam once a day (for women) or twice a day (for men). During the first 2-6 weeks of treatment, you may experience some shedding hair loss, but this is temporary as the hair follicles shift from a dormant phase to an active growing phase. The hair will grow back, starting as soft, downy, light-coloured hairs and gradually maturing to thicker stronger hairs that match the rest of your hair. It can take many months to see the full effects of Rogaine on hair stabilization and regrowth. The effects of Rogaine are lost when you stop it.

 

Propecia:

Propecia (also known as finasteride) is a hair loss treatment for male pattern baldness that is taken as a pill. It is a good option for men suffering from genetic hair loss (also known as male pattern baldness) and works by reducing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is the DHT that contributes to hair loss by causing the hair follicles to steadily miniaturize and eventually die off. This medication is effective for hair stabilization within months of taking it and hair regrowth may occur by 6-9 months, but not in everyone. The effects of Propecia are lost when you stop it.

 

Topical Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Treatments:

Everyone with hair loss has likely tried some type of hair solutions on their scalp.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of hype about a lot of soap. While no scalp product is proven to be as good as the other 5 options, they can help to give you stronger more resilient hair and a healthier scalp. Since you have to wash your hair anyway, we suggest choosing a product that has mixed in some extras that can help with the hair quality.

At Pinette Hair Restoration Clinic we carry the Procrinix® hair revitalization system, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and treatment solution. The Procrinix Shampoo is clinically proven to strengthen the hair and scalp; the Procrinix Hair Conditioning Mask provides intensive nutrition to the hair and scalp while conditioning the hair. And the Procrinix Solution is a blend of peptides that revitalizes the hair and scalp.

 

Combination Treatments:

In Medicine we often find that combining treatments together can improve effectiveness of both treatments. This is also the case in hair treatments. While we don’t have good trials on all the combinations possible, our clinical experience reveals that combining 2 or more of these options for treatment may give you better results. This is an option that Dr Pinette can discuss with you at your consultation to determine what option or options might work best to achieve your goals.

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