The balding process is one of nature’s devious little cruelties. Day after day, we look in the mirror, unable to fight the slow recession of hair from our scalps. With each brushing that results in more hair in it than the day before, we resign ourselves to our loss of virility and youth. The lack of control and the frustration of pattern baldness are real – and thankfully, the solution is real as well.
That solution is SmartGraft Hair Restoration. Austin plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Whitfield is a specialist in this modern approach to tackling hair loss. Unlike previous attempts at hair transplantation, SmartGraft creates a natural, fuller head of hair without unsightly scars or unnatural lines. This superior, simpler treatment is easier for the recipient with better results.
Though we are more likely to think of men going bald, baldness can affect men and women. SmartGraft’s unique approach to hair restoration can help men and women who suffer from pattern baldness, as well as hair loss from infection or other common causes.
Past hair restoration techniques had a two-fold problem. Pulling hair from the back of the head in strips and placing it in bald spots resulted in an unnatural look and left the patient with a long, horizontal scar on the back of the head. SmartGraft resolves both of these problems.
In his Austin office, Dr. Robert Whitfield can perform the SmartGraft procedure and quickly and comfortably restore a natural-looking hairline, regardless of the length of the hairstyle.
The secret behind SmartGraft lies in a process called “FUE hair restoration.” FUE is a process where Dr. Whitfield harvests hair follicles in incredibly small amounts (just one to four follicles at a time). These follicles are taken from the back of the head, where follicles are not programmed for balding. Dr. Whitfield implants these micro hair grafts into balding or thinning areas, resulting in a more natural look.
Best of all, because these micrografts are just a few follicles at a time, they result in no scarring or unsightly lines in the back of the head.
Dr. Robert Whitfield has more than a decade of experience on the leading edge of plastic surgery techniques as both a doctor and an educator. In fact, he was recently named the President of the research arm of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation. His passion for learning and mastering the newest innovations in aesthetic medicine led him to SmartGraft as an improved method for hair restoration.
When you select a hair restoration treatment, you expect to leave with an improved look and thicker hair – but in a way that appears natural. Previous hair transplant methods resulted in unsightly scars and row after row of “plugs” that clearly looked like they had been added from somewhere else. With SmartGraft Dr. Whitfield can avoid these problems and restore your hair in a way that feels and looks authentic. SmartGraft is also faster and requires less recovery time than traditional hair restoration surgery, making it the perfect solution for hair loss.
Dr. Whitfield can perform SmartGraft hair restoration procedures in his private clinic in Austin - no time in the hospital is required. The procedure is done with only local anesthesia and minimal discomfort or pain. Using the FUE method, Dr. Whitfield removes small groups of follicles (1-4 at a time) from the back of the head and attaches them to the areas affected by hair loss. The follicles are chosen from a small area of the back of the head, the loss is not noticeable and there is no unsightly scarring. The results are immediate, long-lasting and impressive; a fuller head of your own hair after a single session.
The recovery time for the SmartGraft procedure is minimal. As an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia in just a few hours, your scalp might feel sensitive for a few days following the SmartGraft procedure, and there are some restrictions to hair washing immediately following a treatment.
However, most of our patients are back to washing their hair normally in just a few days! As part of your consultation, Dr. Whitfield will provide you with instructions on how to minimize complications following your SmartGraft. You can even have the procedure done the same day as your consultation!
Hair loss is typically genetic, but there are other factors that can lead to excessive hair shedding and balding, including:
Hormone Fluctuations: Pregnancy, menopause and thyroid problems can each affect your hormone levels, which can lead to excessive hair loss. This type of hair loss will often correct itself when the hormones balance is restored.
Alopecia: Alopecia is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing sudden hair loss in smooth, bald patches. It typically manifests shortly after reaching adulthood. While no one knows the cause of this auto-immune condition, various treatments are available to help ward off further hair loss.
Infections: Certain infections, such as ringworm, can cause scaly patches and hair loss on the scalp. Usually once the underlying infection is treated and cured, the hair may grow back. Because SmartGraft can restore hair to large or small areas, it is a perfect solution to small patches of hair loss caused by infections like ringworm.
Medications: Medications for cancer, depression, high blood pressure, and heart problems can all have the side effect of excessive hair loss, as can too much vitamin A through supplements.
Dr. Whitfield will discuss what supplements and medications you take to help determine the cause of your hair loss and develop a treatment that will work for you.
– Dr. Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS Plastic Surgeon – Austin, TX