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What is hair restoration or a hair transplant?


Posted September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

A thick head of hair is not only youthful but is a significant expression of femininity or masculinity.  We have discussed some non-surgical options for having thicker, fuller hair, but what if you are looking for a more dramatic result?

Hair restoration has advanced significantly.  I say those words and people automatically think of “plugs”!  It’s not like that at all anymore!  The hairs are taken from the back of the scalp and placed individually in the place and shape that is most natural.  The placement of the hairs mimics the natural direction, shape, thickness and appearance of your natural hair making the transplanted hairs indistinguishable from the native hairs.  This can create a natural hairline, fill in the crown, fill in eyebrows and make a beard fuller and thicker!  The theory is very simple, take hair from where you have it and place it where you want it!

The hairs can be harvested in two different ways.  The established way has been to surgically remove a “strip” of hair from the back of the scalp.  That is referred to as the “strip method”.  This results in a fine horizontal scar that is usually easy to cover with your existing hair.  The individual hairs are carefully separated out in preparation for placement.  This procedure provides the best quality of hair follicles for transplantation, but does have a linear scar.

The other method is follicular unit extraction, or removing each follicle individually and placing the extracted follicles.  This avoids a linear scar and widens the area that the hairs can be harvested from just the back of the scalp to the back and sides.  The sites where the hairs have been removed look like very small (<1mm) circles that heal in about 1 week.  When healed, these sites are close to imperceptible because only a small fraction of available hairs are removed.  With this method, the patient can wear very short hairstyles without worrying about a scar showing.  This method is growing in popularity due to the reduced discomfort, faster recovery and lack of linear scar.

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