Category Archives: Hair Replacement Options

How to Handle the Stages of Hair Loss

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When a client first comes to Christoffels Hair Restoration with the signs of hair loss, they are usually dealing with many new frightening emotions. The average person doesn’t think about losing their hair, and therefore don’t understand how much it can actually affect their life until it happens. The process of hair loss can be slow and continue to gradually expand over time, or can happen rapidly resulting in hair falling out in large masses. Approximately one-third to one-half of all people deal with noticeable hair loss in their lifetime.

The number of individuals affected by hair loss continues to rise, increasing by 10% in the last year. Ninety-seven percent of hair loss with males is caused by male pattern baldness, and 70% of female hair loss is caused by female pattern baldness. Other causes of hair loss can be hormones, thyroid, anemia, over processed hair, chemicals, or pollutants in the air and food.

After noticing the signs of hair loss, people question where they can go for help and who they can trust for honest information. Hair loss is not covered by medical plans and most doctors don’t spend time with clients dealing with hair loss. As a result, people often turn to the Internet or start watching TV commercials that advertise the quick cure and “guaranteed method” of stopping hair loss.

As a certified trichology practitioner, the professionals at Christoffels Hair Restoration are able to examine the scalp and hair in a holistic way. We evaluate clients based on their personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors and environment conditions. Based on this evaluation and consultation we can suggest individualized cosmetic solutions, give nutritional advice and recommend lifestyle changes to improve the health and appearance of an individuals hair and scalp. Most men treat their hair loss between ages 20 and 55, but it’s becoming more popular for men to do so after age 55. Most women treat their hair loss between ages 35 and 70, and even some as young as 25.

If you start to notice the signs of hair loss and have similar concerns please call us at 605-334-7026 or email [email protected] We will schedule a free consultation and scalp evaluation to help you find the right solution.

How to Handle Hair Loss

Does Minoxidil Really Work?

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hair-loss-prevention-treatmentMinoxidil is a therapeutic treatment that can be used to slow hair loss and promote regrowth. We often get asked why Minoxidil is different from Rogaine, and there are several reasons.

First, there are downfalls to using Minoxidil alone:

·Sebum from the sebaceous glands blocks the hair follicle; therefore Minoxidil alone cannot get to the derma papilla (where hair growth occurs).

·Minoxidil contains 30-60% alcohol and will cause itching and irritation when it stays on the top of the head.

At Christoffels Hair Restoration, we have a complete treatment program that’s designed to make Minoxidil more effective and to give you better results than you would get using Rogaine by itself. There is no accurate way to monitor the effectiveness of regular Rogaine, but we do know that using multi-therapeutic treatments produces better results.

So what makes Christoffels’ Minoxidil better? With the use of our gentle DHT shampoo, carrier lotion, and Dexpanthenal (12%), the Minoxidil will stay in a liquid state longer, and thus be able to reach the follicle where hair growth occurs. Christoffels’ Minoxidil is FDA approved and of the people using it, 76% obtain some to moderate hair growth, 40% obtain moderate to good regrowth, and 8% obtain dense regrowth.

We also encourage our clients to use our low-level laser light therapy to accelerate the hair growth and bring in fuller, thicker hair. We see our clients every one to two months for an evaluation and to make adjustments as needed.

For an in-depth look at our hair loss treatment programs and products visit virghair.com.

Why Get a Hair Transplant?

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Our last blog post shared Brad’s hair loss experience with Christoffels & Company. He scheduled a free hair loss consultation, learned his options, and decided that a non-surgical treatment was best for his situation.

Now we’ll share Chad’s experience. After dealing with hair loss, Chad finally worked up the courage to call us for a consultation and allowed us to help him find the best solution.

Again, we explored the hair treatment options as well as non-surgical and surgical procedures. Chad’s hair loss was primarily in the front, but it was also becoming noticeable in the vertex area of his head.

We began the normal consultation process by talking about his expectations, lifestyle, and the hairstyle he wanted to have when the process was complete. With his male pattern baldness, a treatment program would help prevent future hair loss, but would not grow back the hair he
had already lost. We decided that a transplant would allow us to use his existing hair, rather than a non-surgical replacement.

We decided to do the transplant F.U.T. procedure, which would move as much hair as possible South Dakota Hair Transplantfrom the donor area to the balding area. Then we created a new hairline and added density to the top by transplanting individual follicles. Chad still continues to use Christoffels minoxidil formula and laser treatment to stop further hair loss.

Today, Chad’s new hairstyle is age appropriate and looks totally natural.

Call Christoffels & Company and let us help you find the best solution for your hair loss.

What Do We Call It? Hair Restoration, Replacement, Grafting….

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During a consultation the client often asks, either directly or indirectly, “What do you call it?” when referring to the hair restoration process.Non-Surgical Hair Loss Options

Back when I lost my hair, my only solution was a fake hairpiece. The hairpiece was a combination of synthetic fibers knotted into lace mesh and reinforced with polyurethane. I would use clips and tape to apply it to my bald area, which actually looked pretty good for that day and age.

Today, we hear terms such as hair restoration, toupee, grafting, bonding, fusion, transplant and replacement. We are here to help provide clarity to our clients and help them understand the difference between terms.

Christoffels & Company is in the hair replacement, or hair restoration, business. Under these two terms we talk about surgical or non-surgical hair replacement.

Surgical hair restoration then gives you the option of F.U.E. or F.U.T. procedures, which both come with pros and cons. There are even more options for non-surgical hair replacement, so the best way to understand your choices is to schedule a consultation with a trained consultant who will help you make the best decision. Some basic things to know about non-surgical hair replacement methods are:

1.     It is always reversible.
2.     Application can be semi-permanently applied or designed to be removable.
3.     Hairstyle options are unlimited.

It’s important to know that there is no shame in not knowing what to call it. Our receptionist will talk you through the process and help you understand how to get started, and during the consultation we will make it clear what your best solution is.

What Causes Hair Loss

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Here is a healthy head of hair. As we zoom in, you can see a healthy hair follicle. Your hair grows from the dermal papilla at the base of the hair follicle. You can see the capillaries carrying blood to the androgen receptors, which is where the oxygen, nutrients and energy flow into the androgen receptors. The yellow particles represent necessary nutrients and energy, which flow into the androgen receptors, passing through the cells to produce nutrients and energy for your hair to grow.

The major cause of hair loss is DHT (Di-Hydro-Testosterone). You can see the circular androgen receptors and blood vessels flowing, but the DHT is blocking the flow of capillaries and blood supply to the Androgen Receptors. Once DHT binds to the androgen receptors, the receptors are no longer able to receive nutrients and energy, which is essential for healthy hair growth. As the DHT continues to cut off the flow of nutrients and energy, the hair eventually dies and falls out.

To combat DHT, the primary cause of hair loss, we combine 8 DHT blockers in a proprietary formula to bind harmlessly to the androgen receptor site. As you can see, the blue DHT blockers bind harmlessly to the androgen receptors and stop the green DHT from binding. Over time, as less DHT binds to the androgen receptors, nutrients and energy can flow freely back into the hair follicle. The hair follicle now grows back into its normal growth phase, and your hair has a chance to grow fuller and thicker into vibrant healthy hair.

Hair Loss Transformations

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Hair Loss TransformationsAfter more than 40 years in the hair restoration business, Christoffels & Company knows the importance of transformation. In March, our team had the privilege of attending the Hairvision International Transformation Conference in Florida, where over 300 hair loss professionals networked and shared ideas about the industry. The seminars were filled with new information to share with our clients.

Since 1976, our business model has transformed from cutting and styling hair into hair replacement services (including selling fake-looking toupees). In the 90’s we started designing thin skin-like grafts with human hair, applied as another layer of skin on the hair loss area.

In 2000, we started offering surgical hair transplants that move hair from a donor area to the hair loss area, where it grows to match the original hair. We also started low-level laser treatments that stimulate cell growth and help hair retention.

Now, in 2016, we are transforming again by introducing trichology and scalp treatments. As demonstrated at the conference, having an understanding of scalp issues and diseases allows us to better recommend the proper treatment or hair loss solution for our clients.

At the conference, Virg was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award. The award is a great honor and also very humbling. It was earned from our loyal clients, our manufacturers, who always help us develop new ideas and technology, and our continuous business transformations. Our goal is to continue to serve our clients with integrity, and always provide the best solutions for their hair loss.

 

Why Not Just Shave My Head

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For the last few years we have seen a lot of men with hair loss resort to shaving off what is left, thinking that it is easier and cheaper.

Let’s talk about easier. First of all, not everyone looks good with a shaved head. Skin color and the shape of your head can directly affect how you will look. Some guys can pull it off and look fine, but I will never buy the idea that it is easier. A shaved head needs to be shaved every day, so it’s a time commitment, and I would advise you to think twice about that.

Hair replacement for balding menHow about the cost? Yes, there is a financial commitment involved with hair restoration treatments, but there is also a cost in losing your confidence and self-esteem. I visit with clients who have such low self-esteem that they can’t look me in the face, and they hate to take their cap off during consultation. I know of an individual that attends a lot of sporting events, but when it is time for the National Anthem he is conveniently gone to the bathroom. I call that a big cost. In the working world this same person will be passed up for great opportunities and advancement because of low self-esteem and low self-confidence.

Before you shave what’s left, call Christoffels & Company for a free consultation and talk about the options that will work best for you.

 

Part 2: How much is your self-confidence worth?

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Self-confidence and hair lossI had the pleasure of consulting with a 20-year-old college student. When he came to the appointment he had his hood up, a cap on, and he was looking down. This young man plays college football with a full ride scholarship, yet he couldn’t look me in the eyes because he was uncomfortable with the way his hair looked. His mother did most of the talking in hopes to get her son out of his shell. As we continued talking, we discovered his concerns of ending up bald like his father and grandfather.

What can we do at Christoffels & Company?

We started by completing a hair and scalp analysis where we found buildup on the scalp and a lot of hair miniaturization in the temple and crown areas. We then reviewed all the options including treatment, non-surgical and transplant. We knew it was important to him to try and retain as much of his hair as possible.

Since the hair loss pattern is not clearly defined at his young age, a transplant was not ideal in this situation. Our recommendation for him was to start using our scalp therapy and shampoo to clean the scalp. He will use 5% minoxidil, a DHT blocker, and complete low-level laser light therapy with the iGrow laser, three times a week. We will evaluate his progress in three months during his follow up.

P.S. He left with his head up and a smile on his face.

Part 1: How much is your self-confidence worth?

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Options for Hair LossWe have all been in situations where we feel inadequate. Feeling insecure once in a while is something everyone experiences, but self-doubt and hair loss go hand in hand. I know this for a fact because I see that shy, quiet response all the time.

Let me tell you about a very real situation that I see happen almost every week. Men and women will schedule a free hair loss and scalp evaluation. They come in for the appointment and you can tell by their body language, or by the fact that they are not comfortable with taking their cap off, that they are insecure. The response is often the same in people ages 20 to 70. I will see young men in their 20s who are shy and uncomfortable with the way their hair looks. They bring their father or mother to the appointment to speak for them. They have true self-confidence issues because of their hair loss.

The people faced with this situation don’t know where to turn, or how to get out of their insecurity. It’s important for us to show them that there is life in spite of hair loss. We encourage them to be thankful for life and all the positive things they have.

The good news is that we can offer them solutions to their hair loss and give them a chance to rebuild their self-esteem.

Exploring the options of low level laser light therapy, non-surgical hair, or a hair transplant can give those with hair loss a new hope and a second chance.

What Are My Hair Loss Options? Part 3: Surgical Transplant

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This is the question we will help you answer over the next week. For the first and second installation in this three part blog series, click here and here.

Last week we discussed non-surgical options that can help you regain temporary hair density. This week, we want to examine the pros and surgical options.

The decision to have a transplant is made when you want hair replacement that is permanent and requires no ongoing maintenance. This is a good procedure if the size of the balding area is not larger than the amount of hair that can be taken from the donor area. If a person has a class VI hair loss, and they want a full head of hair, it will be difficult to fulfill their expectations with a transplant. On the other hand if your hair loss is less intense, and you have a good amount of hair in the donor area, the result can be fantastic. When evaluating the donor area, we measure the amount of follicles in a per centimeter squared area, as well as the amount of elasticity in the scalp. The more density and elasticity there is in the donor area, the more follicles there are to be transplanted. A typical transplant will allow us to transplant 2,000 to 3,000 follicles in one procedure.

Therefore it is important to ask yourself these questions before you commit to a surgical procedure:

Do you have enough donor hair to meet your expectations?
Do you need more than one procedure?
Is the doctor able to create a natural looking hairline and also implant the follicles in the natural way that you want to style your hair?
Is your doctor board certified and licensed?
When considering hair restoration it is most important that you feel confident and comfortable with the consultant you are working with.