Notes from Capri Hair Restoration Director Tim Claxton

FUE And FUT: What Is The Difference?

In the hair restoration industry today, there are a vast assortment of treatments on the market. This can be overwhelming and confusing at times, until you realize that the biggest difference you should consider in any hair restoration process is the results. When it comes to results, there are simply no other hair replacement procedures that offer the permanence and natural look and feel as a hair transplant. Hair transplants are minor outpatient surgical procedures that allow for the harvesting of a patient’s own hair to be grafted in areas where hair loss has been experienced.

Non-surgical Treatments

I was once of the opinion that non-surgical treatments i.e. Rogaine, Propecia, Dutasteride, Laser, Mesotherapy, PRP and vitamin supplements, were statistically ineffective and would not recommend their use. I would allow a patient to decide for themselves whether the possible benefits of these outweighed the expense, side effects, and time consumption. I would promote the hair transplant procedures and stay away from discussion about the possibility of non-surgical solutions. Well, my thinking and opinion has been changed. We now have been treating patients for some time with Platelet Rich Plasma and prescribing Formula 82M regularly with surprising results. We are seeing healthier more abundant results from the transplant procedures when the patient uses either Formula 82M or begins PRP treatments post surgically. I am now a proponent of the use of propecia, dutasteride and PRPas maintenance and in some cases regrowth. I some cases we are seeing miraculous results. Our experimental work with Fat Stem cell Grafting is proving to be even more promising.

Aftercare Report

A patient recently reported that his use of the Iamin aftercare kit was a remarkable aid to his recovery and healing time. His comments were of great interest this being his third FUT procedure with Capri. After his first two procedures he used our standard aftercare kit  which include careful washing instruction, application of a saline solution to the grafted area and bacitracin across the incision followed by use of silicone gel to help resolve the scar appearance. This method does reduce the amount of time it takes for the crusting to dissipate and for the incision to heal properly with a good scar result. Now, after his third surgery, the patient reported that the use of the Iamin copper peptide infused moist dressings greatly reduced the incision discomfort along with a rapid dissipation of the crusting at the graft sites. Dr. Antonov and I were very impressed with the advanced healing stage that the incision was in when the sutures were removed and how clean the grafted area was. With our recommendation and prescription, this patient is also applying the Formula 82M solution twice daily which should improve the outcome of this procedure along with a good possibility of waking up some dormant follicles. I am looking forward to following his progress and will update this report as time passes.

Our other patients that have used the Iamin aftercare products have all reported a positive result with a similar experience and it has been especially useful for the patient who needs to present himself to a public shortly after his or her surgery. We also have a number of our Formula 82M using patients that are seeing new growth and better results. These two products have become a standard recommendation by Dr. Antonov, myself and our staff.

Our patient base is changing

We have had an increase of providing hair loss solutions to females. I believe the hair transplant has been predominately focused as an answer for men and until more recently women were not made aware that this could be a solution for them. A great percent of the women I examine have thinning of the central scalp area where parting becomes noticeably affected. Also, the hair line becomes uneven and the temple area thins. Fortunately these problems are repairable as long as there is healthy donor hair available. In some cases when I consult a patient experiencing typical female pattern baldness (diffuse thinning of the entire scalp) a non-surgical solution is the only possible answer. We are seeing a good percentage of positive growth from the PRP injection procedures and are expecting to be able to increase the that percentage with the addition of Fat Stem Cell Grafting. Still the best answer for qualified female candidates is an FUT and or FUE surgical restoration.

 

My Thoughts on Hair Restoration Today

From my years of experience examining and consulting with men and women suffering the many forms of alopecia, it has become evident that the majority of solutions to hair loss are fruitless. I consistently hear patients report that they have tried every cream, spray, shampoo, foam, vitamin, prescription, laser treatment, shake on make-up, and finally resort to wearing a hat. None of these solutions seem to produce cosmetically acceptable hair restoration. We are not alone (I am also a male pattern baldness victim). In fact, millions of men and women have experimented with these well-advertised and promising hair restoration solutions and statistically an overwhelming majority report nothing but frustrations and disappointments. To be fair, I have also heard and seen a few positive outcomes in the area of extending the life of existing hair and stimulation rebirth of existing dormant hair follicles in the scalp crown area.

I do not condemn or condone the use of anything that a patient trusts and has confidence in using. The psychology of positive thinking and possibility is always beneficial and may be productive. I am a student of all of these products and will freely give knowledge so that a patient can make an informed decision in their quest to solve a hair loss problem.

We at CapriHair provide only proven surgical restoration procedures and treatments that we believe are productive and promising in developing the future of our field of medicine. We have witnessed positive outcomes using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections and have embarked on FSG (Fat Stem cell Grafting) treatments with promising results.