Hair forms a frame for the picture of the face, and its shape, density, and color can affect how youthful or healthy one appears. Thinning or loss of this frame leads to loss of a youthful appearance and often diminished self-confidence. Shamila Gupta Rawal, MD, is the only hair restoration expert in the area of Madison, Wisconsin, who offers surgical and non-surgical treatments for hair loss locally. At The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine, men receive a thorough medical evaluation and a customized natural-looking hair restoration plan incorporating medical and surgical modalities, regenerative medicine, scalp micropigmentation, and low-level laser light therapy. To schedule a consultation, call the office or use the online booking feature.
Stress, medications, nutrient deficiencies, and many health conditions can contribute to thinning hair. While men can develop hair loss for all of these reasons, 95% of the time, male hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia.
Androgenetic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness, is an inherited condition that makes some of your hair follicles more sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When hair follicles overreact to DHT, the hair growth cycle gradually shortens. At first, the hair shaft narrows in diameter and hair weakens. Then, over time, the follicle stops growing hair.
Hair loss due to DHT results in a distinct pattern of balding that may affect the top of your hair (causing a receding hairline), the crown, or both. The hair around the sides and back of your head isn’t affected by DHT, so this ring of hair remains healthy.
Because hair loss begins as soon as men’s 20s, it’s important to begin preventive measures early, to slow the natural rate of hair loss and maintain a full head of hair longer. Dr. Rawal creates a hair health plan incorporating various treatments which adjusts to your needs over time.
Men know they may be at risk for male pattern baldness but often find it surprising when hair loss occurs in their mustache, beard, eyebrows. A hormone problem or alopecia areata often cause this type of hair loss.
Alopecia areata occurs when your immune system attacks hair follicles, causing inflammation, and the loss of hair in distinct round or oval patches. You may also develop diffuse alopecia areata, which results in overall thinning.
Dr. Rawal has extensive experience in all of today’s most advanced treatments for male hair loss. At The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine, she chooses the option that’s best for your type of hair loss and overall health. Your treatment may include any of the following:
The hair transplant techniques Dr. Rawal uses create natural-looking and long-lasting results. Transplants are done in the office using follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE). During both surgical techniques, she harvests healthy hair follicles then single follicular units are surgically implanted into thinning areas.
Low-level laser light therapy increases blood flow and boosts the supply of nutrients and oxygen, while removing harmful DHT and reducing inflammation. As a result, restoration of normal hair growth occurs.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is carefully injected in thinning areas, then activated through controlled wound creation. The platelets activate hair follicles, stimulate new hair growth, improve hair thickness, and slow down hair loss.
Depending on the cause of your hair loss, Dr. Rawal may recommend topical or oral medications to stimulate hair regrowth, fight inflammation, or suppress your immune system.
You may need hormone therapy following a hair transplant to ensure optimal hair growth or when low hormone levels contribute to your hair loss.
The Rawal Institute also offers scalp micropigmentation to address areas of hair loss.
Scalp micropigmentation adds permanent color to your scalp in areas of thinning hair and hair loss, producing the appearance of a full head of hair. You can choose to use scalp micropigmentation alone, or together with other hair loss treatments.
The micropigmentation process is like getting a tattoo, but with specialized equipment and techniques that inject tiny dots of medical grade charcoal based pigment. The dots are artistically layered in a stippling pattern, using different hues of color to create natural-looking depth and definition.
If you’re ready to restore your hair, beard, or even your eyebrows, call The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine or schedule an appointment online.