The Effects Facial Cosmetic Surgery has on Hair Loss
There are several components that are important in any person looking youthful and attractive. Facial characteristics and hair quality are both incredibly important. As a result, it is very important to consider the effects on hair and hairlines when planning any kind of facial cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery can affect not just one’s facial features and skin, but also your hair line. In addition, it is common for people to temporarily have thin hair after any surgical procedure. As a result, there is a growing awareness among both plastic surgeons and plastic surgery patients that post-surgical hair is an important consideration when planning any kind of cosmetic procedure. Dr. Jacono, a leading plastic surgeon in New York City, includes hair loss assessment as part of all facial cosmetic procedures.
Many plastic surgery patients already have some signs of aging in their hair. They often have thinning hair or a hairline that is receding due to age or a genetic condition called androgenic alopecia. This can make hair loss after surgery particularly devastating. Temporary hair loss from the stress of a medical procedure, a common condition called telogen effluvium, could be very destructive to their appearance and self-esteem. In addition, some procedures, such as brow lifts and facelifts, can have effects on the patient’s hairline including their sideburns as well.
Minoxidil is increasingly being used to prevent telogen effluvium and other hair loss related to surgery. In a study performed at UCLA medical school, researchers gave women topical minoxidil for two weeks before cosmetic surgery as well as four weeks after. These patients had significantly less postoperative hair loss than is normal. In fact, only one person suffered temporary hairless out of the group of sixty.
Dr. Jacono believes that attention to detail is imperative and hair is a crucial detail in getting a beautiful overall result in any cosmetic procedure. Because he also offers hair restoration techniques, both his male and female patients alike, have the opportunity to plan for a youthful head of hair while planning their cosmetic procedures.
Preventing Hair Loss in Cosmetic Surgery
There are always risks of hair loss in plastic surgery. Dr. Jacono believes the best approach is to be aware of the issue and take steps to preserve or improve hair.He offers the following services to his New York patients:
- Analysis of your unique risk of losing hair in a procedure, including an assessment of family hair patterns and reactions to previous medical procedures
- Steps that can be taken to prevent hair loss
- Consultation for hairline restoration procedures
- Predictions of how future age-related hairline changes may interact with planned cosmetic procedures
- Reconstruction of sideburns when a procedure has affected or may affect them
- Planning procedures to minimize and/or camouflage scarring
Hairline preservation and restoration can be performed during or after any cosmetic procedure. In addition, Dr. Jacono can restore the youthful appearance of hair in people who are not interested in other procedures.
Options for Improving Your Hairline
There are many reasons for wanting to change your hairline. Some people naturally have a high forehead or an uneven hairline. Men particularly are prone to changes in the hairline as they grow older, which is why high hairlines are so often associated with age.
Plastic surgery can change a person’s hairline, as skin is often pulled up and tighter to give a more taut and youthful appearance. This is unavoidable with some procedures, even when performed by an expert surgeon with impeccable technique. The effects can sometimes be minimized, but they cannot always be prevented.
Last, facelifts can change the shape of sideburns. These suddenly are higher and not naturally following the lines of the rest of the hair. This is often considered a telltale side of having a facelift.
Regardless of the reason, having a high hairline can prematurely age your appearance dramatically so it is a top reason for wanting hair transplants. New technologies in hair transplantation make it possible for Dr. Jacono to improve or completely resolve all of these issues. People in New York no longer need to live with a high hairline or visible scarring. In addition, plastic surgery no longer needs to permanently change the appearance of one’s hair.
Combining Hair Transplantation with Cosmetic Surgery
Some patients get a hair transplant after plastic surgery to hide scars or fix a less attractive hairline. However, there is no need to have two separate procedures. Dr. Jacono offers a unique option for people who are interested in improving their hairline and their facial aesthetics for a newly rejuvenated youthful look.
Dr. Jacono can combine these procedures into a single makeover surgery. Patients who want more youthful skin along with a more youthful hairline can combine hair transplantation and a facelift. The transplanted hair will be strategically placed to look natural and youthful while hiding any small scars from the procedure.
Similarly, patients can combine hair transplants on their sideburns with a lower face lift to look more youthful. A total lack of sideburns, producing a permanently “windswept” look, is a telltale sign of a lower facelift. New sideburns can be reconstructed to give a natural appearance and a more natural hairline.
There are many ways to combine hair restoration and plastic surgery for a fully rejuvenated and naturally youthful appearance. A consultation is the first step to getting the attractive hairline and facial beauty that you desire. If you are in the NYC area, call Dr. Jacono today to make an appointment to meet discuss your options with him. Dr. Jacono is one of the world’s leading facial plastic surgeons and can help you to achieve all your personal appearance goals.