Most people are familiar with phrases such as “beauty is only skin deep,” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” While these phrases have a degree of truth, it is hard not to let certain physical imperfections affect your self-confidence. One feature that is particularly important to many men and women is the hair.
Men and women’s hair loss can give patients an aged appearance and leave them feeling unattractive. Often, hair loss is genetic, and it cannot be avoided. But genetics aren’t always to blame. There are other factors that can lead to hair loss, including chemical damage. Hair loss caused by chemical damage can affect our Chicago, IL patients, leaving them with thinning and bald spots. Fortunately, hair loss caused by chemical damage can be treated. At Chicago Hair Institute, we can restore volume to the hairline.
Chemical Damage and Hair Loss
Many people put a great deal of time, care, and money into making sure their hair looks good. Unfortunately, if the hair is over-processed, all the treatments that were meant to enhance the appearance of the hair can actually cause damage. Hair treatments such as perms, hair dyes, and straighteners all contain chemicals. When applied properly by a trained professional, these products should not cause excessive damage to the hair. However, inexperience, poor application, or over-exposure of these products and chemicals can lead to damaged hair. Without proper care, chemical damage can even lead to follicle damage and hair loss.
Treating Hair Loss Caused by Chemical Damage
Hair loss that is caused by chemical damage is a direct result of the hair follicles being damaged. Damaged hair follicles cannot grow new, healthy hair. Once the hair follicles are damaged, it is highly unlikely that non-surgical hair loss treatments will be effective. Fortunately, patients with hair loss caused by chemical damage are typically great candidates for surgical hair restoration. As long as the patient has a suitable donor area (as is often the case), full restoration of the affected area should be possible.
During hair transplantation surgery, hair follicles are removed from the donor site. There are two techniques available for harvesting donor hair follicles: strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction. Our doctors will carefully go over each of these techniques during the patient’s initial consultation and recommend a treatment plan that is best suited for each patient.
Once the hair follicles have been collected, they will be implanted into the treatment site using either the lateral slit technique or the stick-and-place technique. Again, the specific technique that is used will depend on the patient’s unique needs.
No matter the technique, hair transplantation can restore thickness and volume to areas of the hair that have become thin due to chemical damage. This transplanted hair will blend in seamlessly, leaving patients with a naturally thick, attractive head of hair.
If chemical damage has left you with hair loss, it is time to consider surgical hair loss treatment at Chicago Hair Institute. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our hair loss solutions and how they can restore thickness and volume to your hairline.