Dr. Juan Esteban Arízaga Of Arízaga’s Hair Graft Institute
Really? We’re going to talk about balding?
In this day and age of “Bald is Beautiful” and shaving one’s head in support of cancer victims or to hide the evidence of balding, showering and hygiene are rather quick and easy. So, what’s the big deal about balding?
According to Dr. Juan Esteban Arízaga of Arízaga's Hair Graft Institute, for most of us “going bald and thinning hair is a very big deal.” Regardless how we feel about it, “appearance means a lot to us and a healthy head of hair is a major part of our appearance.” Hair frames the face, and the face is the feature considered most important in terms of first impressions. Following a person's smile, eyes, and skin, their hair is often the next feature people notice on first encounters. Dr. Arízaga states, “Our sense of attractiveness is strongly connected to confidence and positive self-esteem.” Many men and women associate confidence with feeling in control, and as people get older, they inevitably feel loss in several ways: decrease in strength, flexibility, height, cognition, and acuity.
Hair loss is an important issue for many men and women. If it wasn’t, why would we go to the extremes we do to hide the fact we are balding? Combovers to hide the thinning areas, spray dyes for the scalp that match hair color to give the appearance of a fuller head of hair, wigs and toupees are still worn to cover the thinning or missing hair. Although hair loss, thinning, and graying are natural consequences for most aging people, many younger men suffer from balding and thinning hair.
With attractive hair being highly valued throughout history, this trend will continue to impact how we view ourselves today and into the future. Today, great emphasis is placed on physical appearance. We understand that looks matter, and our appearance impacts our personal, social and professional lives. We also know how we feel about ourselves influences how we look and vice versa.
Everyone loses hair all the time—maybe up to 100 strands a day. They fall out, then grow back in, and the cycle starts over again. But eventually, most men will start to notice that they’re losing more than before, and it’s not growing back. The most common cause? Male Pattern Baldness. Up to 95% of men with thinning hair can blame it on this condition. It’s caused by genes you get from your parents.
There are a multitude of other reasons why people lose their hair and most of the time we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. That is, unless you are the recipient of one of these reasons. Some of the obvious reasons people lose their hair are genetics, alopecia areata, head injuries, burns, and radiation or chemotherapy. However, diseases like anemia, thyroid problems, autoimmune disease, and scalp infections, medications such as blood thinners, and steroids, dietary problems like low iron or excessive amounts of vitamin A, stress, and certain hair styles like tight ponytails, cornrows, or braids worn for many years, will also result in hair loss. Some of these conditions are temporary, and the hair will begin to grow back once the cause has been rectified. But for those conditions that result in permeant hair loss, there are solutions. Shaving one’s head eliminates the worry for thinning hair, and as mentioned earlier, wigs, toupees and combovers are also solutions to hide the fact one is balding.
A more permanent solution is having hair transplanted to fill in the thinning areas. Dr. Arízaga performs micro-graft hair transplant surgery and sees this surgery as an art, because the surgeon must design a capillary landscape that adapts naturally and aesthetically to the patient's features. This procedure is also aimed at increasing the density or amount of hair without the implant being recognized. Dr, Arízaga’s artistry goes far beyond that. According to Dr. Arízaga, “The face and its contours are the first step in identifying the process for the hair transplant. The location of the first row of hair is the most critical determination, followed by the density, direction of the hair growth, and the depth at which the hair follicle is to be placed to take advantage of the nutrition source. Then, one by one, a single hair follicle is precisely placed at the proper depth and direction to allow the hair to grow naturally.” Dr. Arízaga performs mega sessions of at least 4000 micro-implants, and during the procedure, he will try to get the most number of grafts to obtain great results for his patients. The major benefit to having hair transplanted in this fashion is every incision is made a moment before the hair follicle is inserted. This results in a finished look that is totally natural because the incisions are made as the procedure is developing, not in advance.
Dr. Arízaga sees his clinic as a service not a business and provides his service equally for everyone. Ecuadorian or expat, the cost is equal for all. The cost of Dr. Arízaga’s transplant is less than 10% of the cost for transplants in the United States, but it isn’t just the price. The technique, the number of hair follicles (density), the angle each follicle is placed, the distance between hair follicles, and most importantly the initial line, all lead to a successful transplant. It should also be emphasized that Dr. Arízaga is a member of T\the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and performs every one of the surgeries. The pride with which he approaches each patient is the ardent to his artistry.
For those who wish to hide the fact balding this is occurring, and combovers, spray dyes and wigs are not your first choice, there is a much better way and a more permanent way to fill in those thinning areas. Dr. Juan Esteban Arízaga takes hair transplanting to whole new levels. His technique is literally an art form.
Dr. Arízaga wants you to know that: he personally performs every surgery, he and his assistant have worked together for over 20 years, he developed the technique he uses, and he is the only one in the world who uses it. He specialized in micro-graft hair transplant surgery in the "Siegel’s Hair Institute”, the "Atlantic Dermatologic Group" and the "Hair Graft Institute", all belonging to his mentor Dr. George M. Siegel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for whom he has the utmost respect. He also wants you to know he has performed over 2,500 surgeries in his 24 years of service.