The Quatela Center is pleased to offer non-surgical treatments and products for use prior to your need for surgery or as a complement to your hair restoration procedure. At our Rochester clinic serving Syracuse and Buffalo, NY, we also recommend products that can nourish and strengthen hair for healthy maintenance, as well as treatments with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to encourage new hair growth.
Today, we still use wigs and “salves” or chemicals as a means of slowing down or restoring hair loss. Non-surgical and non-chemical, or “natural,” means of covering hair loss exist in weaves, wigs, toupees, and hair pieces. Other options are available in the form of medications and topical products, such as those listed below.
Surgical hair restoration available in the form of follicular unit grafting, has become a popular choice among patients, but non-surgical treatments can serve as good alternatives or complements for certain patients. Read below about the options we have available.
How Effective Is Rogaine® for Hair Loss?
The active ingredient in Rogaine revitalizes shrunken hair follicles, increasing their size. With continued use, applied to the scalp twice a day, Rogain provides the following benefits:
Follicles gain even greater volume
Their growing phases become longer
They produce longer, thicker hairs
Rogaine Extra Strength for Men is the strongest FDA-approved hair re-growth product safe enough to be sold without a prescription. Rogaine works on the follicles in your scalp, where the problem lies, not on the hair on your head.
Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS
Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.
Propecia increases the number of scalp hairs. Generally, you will not be able to grow back all of the hair you have lost. It can only work over the long term if you continue taking it. If you stop taking Propecia, you will likely lose the hair you have gained within 12 months of stopping treatment.
How Does Propecia Work?
DHT is a male hormone thought to cause hair follicles to shrink (miniaturize), contributing to male pattern hair loss. Finasteride (the active ingredient in Propecia) blocks the formation of DHT, and in this way, appears to interrupt a key factor in the development of inherited male pattern hair loss in men. Propecia, a prescription tablet taken once a day, has been proven to effectively lower DHT in the scalp.
Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.
Heather Lee, M.D.
Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
A board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedures of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.
PRP treatments are non-surgical, in-office procedures to help reverse hair thinning and encourage new hair to grow. PRP is the portion of your blood that contains growth factors that stimulate and restore hair growth when injected directly into the scalp where hair is thinning.
How Does PRP Help Hair Growth?
PRP stimulates the hair follicles so that hair can regrow by promoting healing and the formation of new cell growth. It’s also effective in stimulating inactive hair follicles that have stopped growing to revert back into the growth phase. Results vary for each individual patient; however, PRP therapy has been found to be effective in a variety of medical procedures.
How Is the PRP Procedure Performed for Hair Growth?
During your consultation, we will review your health history, explore your history of hair thinning or hair loss, and, based on this information, decide whether you are a candidate for PRP. If you are a candidate, you will meet with our patient consultant, who will review the cost of the procedure and schedule a date for your first PRP procedure.
The day of the procedure, the first step is to have a small sample of your blood drawn. After it has been collected, it will be spun down in a centrifuge using the EmCyte® system to separate out the PRP. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the scalp. Lastly, your provider will inject the PRP directly into the area of the scalp where it is needed.
Dr. Alex Montague, M.D.
Board-Certified Otolaryngologist—Head And Neck Surgeon
Known for his exemplary skills in both technique and patient care, Dr. Montague is a highly-trained facial plastic surgeon and board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. He specializes in cosmetic and functional facial surgery and injectable treatments.
How Many Sessions of PRP Are Necessary for Hair Regrowth?
The number of sessions depends on the amount of loss and your desired results. PRP can be performed multiple times every couple of months or as a 1-time treatment. Subsequent procedures can be discussed with Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, or Dr. Montague.
Is There Downtime Associated With the PRP Procedure for Hair Loss?
There is no downtime after a PRP treatment. Once the local anesthetic wears off, which may take a few hours, the scalp may be slightly tender, but patients do not associate much pain with the procedure. Patients can drive themselves home after a treatment, and exercise is restricted for the rest of the day after treatment.
For more information about PRP therapy, please call our office at (888) 334-HAIR or (585) 684-1120 to speak to a patient consultant.
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