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Non-Medical and Non-Surgical Options for Hair Loss in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, specialize in non-medical and non-surgical options for hair loss for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

Hair prosthesis

There are three subtypes of hair prosthesis: the hairpieces (also known as hair systems or toupees), the wigs (also called caps for male wearers), and weaved hair-extenders.

The hairpieces are partial hair prostheses, while the wigs cover the entire expanse of the scalp including the existing natural hair. Contemporary hair prostheses are constructed with high-quality synthetic or natural hair material and are highly personalized to match the hair color, texture, and density. The transparent base allows almost seamless transition at the hairline. The prosthesis is typically attached to the scalp with tape, glue adhesives, or hair clips. Patients need to be aware that the hair clip-based anchorage system will lead to patches of permanent hair loss where the clips are attached to the hair due to traction-related stress to the hair-bearing scalp.

Hair-extenders, on the other hand, offer more stable and long term solution of anchorage by interweaving the strand of hair piece onto the existing hair. This type of hair prosthesis can be maintained for months at a time before it needs to be re-adjusted by hair aestheticians. Both the camouflaging products and hair prostheses can be used as a stand-alone option or in combination with surgical treatment.

Camouflaging product

Various camouflaging products are available that can be useful adjunctive treatments for patients who presents with scars at the hair-bearing scalp. Camouflaging products are topical agents that are applied over the hair-bearing scalp to improve on the visual density of the existing hair (ie, Toppik® and DermMatch®). By making the hair appear dense, the underlying scalp tissue with scar will be less visible. The camouflaging products are typically keratin or rayon fibers that will attach to the hair and build a dense matrix over the scalp. Some are in powder-like formulations that require reinforcement with hair spray, while others come in a cream or lotion formulation. While they are simple and non-invasive ways to camouflage the scars, they are temporary solutions and will require daily cleaning and reapplication. Patients may experience shedding of the product with the appearance of pigmented dandruff on their shoulders, or wash-out in rain.

Scalp micro pigmentation

Scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) is another nonsurgical option for patients with depleted donor hair supply. This technique involves creating permanent tattoo microdots of less than 1mm in size at 1mm separation on the scalp to mimic natural shaved hair follicle stumps.

Examples of patients who will benefit from SMP are those with alopecia totalis who are not hair transplantation candidates, those who want to use SMP as a permanent concealer to hide a scar that shows through thinned hair, or those with an alopecic scar who does not wish to undergo surgical treatment.

Patients need to be aware that SMP is a micro-tattoo technique, and as such it will undergo changes over time, including fade or blending, and pigment changes. One must also consider that over time patients’ native hair may change color at which point gray hair and dark SMP pigment may create an unnatural appearance, and because SMP is a permanent tattoo technique, correction will be very difficult.

Low-level laser treatments

Recent reputable independent studies have shown that the low-level laser therapy is another effective treatment for people affected by androgenetic alopecia. During low-level laser light therapy, patients expose their scalp to these special lights devices in a regular interval of treatment sessions. Because of the wavelength spectrum and the energy involved in these laser devices, potential for complications including burn or injury is insignificant. The exact mechanism of how low-level laser therapy works is unknown, but literature suggests that the laser light stimulates hair follicle metabolism leading to a reversal of the miniaturization process.

Several devices have been FDA-cleared for use as hair loss treatment. Some of these devices are portable and can be purchased for personal use although some larger devices require that patients come to the clinic for each treatment session. Most studies published to date reports patients who have undergone 3 or more treatment sessions per week to achieve meaningful improvement. At the time of this writing, several randomized, double-blind clinical trials have shown that low-level laser therapy can increase hair density while a patient is undergoing the treatment. However, it is unclear whether these patients retain the improvement after stopping the therapy.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.



Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I found everyone at Natural Face Clinics to be very friendly and accommodating. During the procedure I became ill and both Dr. Kim and Susan were very compassionate and I did not feel rushed. As of this date, the results are great and I am happy with the end result. Dr. Kim has been very kind and professional. He is a great doctor. The staff is very kind and caring. They are always friendly and accommodating on the phone and in the office. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends. Thank you for everything!

- Joanne – East Syracuse, NY


Everything about the procedure was well explained and it was a breeze! The chin surgery came out well and as expected. The doctor was very professional and put me at ease. He explained everything that he was doing. The staff is top notch and Karen was outstanding.

- Carl – East Syracuse, NY


The initial visit was informative and reassuring. I was given options and a clear understanding as to what to expect. It was very comforting. I received excellent care and I am thrilled with my results! I’ve already booked my next procedure. I was pleasantly surprised with how little pain there was and how quickly I recovered.
Dr. Halliday is wonderful! He is knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn’t trust my face to just anyone. He is an excellent plastic surgeon. The staff is professional, caring and attentive. Appointment times are honored and the visits are never rushed. I am so grateful for the outstanding care I received.

- Susan – East Syracuse, NY


My experience was very professional and helpful. My questions were answered that I did not think to ask. They were very friendly and accommodating. The procedure went smoothly. Post-op care was especially spoiling, considering it was during the holidays. Everything was done to ensure I had an optimal outcome.
My results are splendid! I am receiving compliments that I look 15-20 years younger than prior to my procedure. My doctor was outstanding and genuinely concerned. He wanted me to understand what was being done and why. I had clear and concise answers to questions and received excellent bedside manner. The staff is friendly, efficient, on time and on task. They are eager to assist! I would recommend and would use again when needing cosmetic enhancements. I am very, very pleased with my experience and results.

- D.L. – East Syracuse, NY


When I look in the mirror, I know I made a great choice. Dr. Halliday and his exceptional staff were thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring. My results were very good and not over-done like some actress on TV. I have referred friends and they also had great results.

- Mary - New York Mills, NY


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was and continue to be with Dr. Halliday and his staff. I felt very comfortable the first time I met him and talked with his staff. I was treated professionally and with dignity. I originally met Dr. Halliday to discuss fillers. After talking to him and discussing all my options, I decided to have a face lift and surgery on my upper and lower eye lids. He never pushed me into making a decision, in fact, he told me to think about it. I left and headed to work and I called the same day and booked my surgery. He is an artist and a master at what he does. I am extremely happy with my results. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Halliday and his staff to anyone interested in improving their appearance.

- Debbie - Syracuse, NY


This whole process has been an amazing experience. The staff and Dr. Halliday treat you with respect and also assure your privacy. The staff is efficient and communicates well; you have complete knowledge of the process and the outcome is absolutely awesome. Thank you!

- Dale - Ilion, NY


At my initial visit I was met with a short wait time and a friendly staff. Throughout the whole procedure I was comfortable and I healed well and had no problems; I am happy with my results. Dr. Kim is so nice and friendly. He answered all my questions and made me feel safe and comfortable. The office staff has been very friendly and helpful as well. Everyone is so nice here.

- Karen – Syracuse, NY


When I met Dr. Kim and the staff, everyone was friendly. Dr. Kim did a good job with my procedure and made me feel comfortable. My hair has started to grow and I feel like the procedure has worked. Everyone here is nice and I liked Dr. Kim’s honesty with me. My doctor wanted me to go to a different doctor for my nose but I told him “no I want to go to Dr. Kim”.

- Ljupco – Syracuse, NY


At my initial visit Dr. Kim and the staff were very informative on what was going to happen with the surgery. He removed Melanoma from the left side of my nose and it very good. All of the Melanoma has been removed and is healing well. Dr. Kim has been very informative on all that has taken place and what is in the future after surgery. The staff has also been very helpful throughout the whole process. I would see Dr. Kim again if I had any more cancer to be removed.

- Eugene – Syracuse, NY


My initial consultation was very informative. The doctor was honest about the procedure, as well as, the cost and I felt no pressure to make a commitment. The office itself is very comfortable and the staff is friendly and welcoming. My procedure went smooth and the doctor was very cautious to not release me until he was sure I was ready to leave. I am very happy with my results and the healing time was even better than expected. Dr. Kim has an excellent bed side manner and his staff made the whole process enjoyable. He is easy to talk to and very informative about the procedure, as well as, advice on the healing process. I would definitely refer my family and friends to this practice.

- Linda – East Syracuse, NY


Dr. Kim and the entire staff are nice. Dr. Kim did a good job and everything is 100%.

- Nevzad – East Syracuse, NY


My husband and I met with Dr. Halliday and Terri. We arrived to a very clean and inviting office and did not have to wait long. Dr. Halliday and Terri did not tell me what should be done but were interested in what my goals were for a cosmetic procedure. They answered all my questions and explained their recommendations clearly. On the day of my procedure everyone went out of their way to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. I liked the “privacy” of the operating and recovery area. I feel like l look years younger while still looking “age appropriate”. Friends and family have commented I look good and the natural lift is exactly that; very natural. The only way people know I had a procedure is because I told them. Dr. Halliday was very professional and friendly the entire time. I completely trusted all the decisions he made during the procedure. He took his time and even took time to put my husband at ease about having the procedure done. Everyone at the office is extremely friendly and I have never had to wait long for my appointment. I feel like I have made an investment in my face and while I am happy to be my age I am even happier to have a face that matches the body I have. I will continue to make enhancements along the way with Dr. Halliday, Terri, and everyone in his office who made me feel and look special.

- Nicki – East Syracuse, NY


The staff is very pleasant and helpful. I am very pleased with Dr. Hallidays expertise.

- Debra Victor - East Syracuse, NY


This is a wonderful place to come, everyone is great and happy. I had the best care and will recommend this surgery center to my friends.

- Linda - Syracuse, NY


I was very worried about my surgery. However, the doctor and staff were wonderful and my surgery and recovery were well worth it.

- Shirley – Syracuse, NY

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