Restoration of hair lossSuffering from hair loss is often times a stressful and emotional experience for men and women. Hair transplantation can be a life-changing procedure. Hair transplant surgery restores naturally growing hair to areas that had been thinning or bald. In addition to scalp hair restoration, hair transplants can be used to restore the beard, eyebrows, eyelashes and hair lost due to trauma on the scalp and on the body, as well.
The most common procedure for hair transplanation is by follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and is done under local anesthesia with or without sedation. First it consists of carefully harvesting a strip of scalp at the back of the head which is then microdissected under a stereoscopic microscope to create follicular unit hair grafts. After careful mapping, those are then implanted into recipient sites where hair is deficient to create the most natural hairline and provide density.
Follicular units can also be individually harvested by follicular unit extraction (FUE) without skin incision but the procedure is much more time consuming and costly.
A single procedure generally lasts between 5 and 7 hours depending on the number of grafts planned and the desired result. Sometimes a second hair transplantation session is required.
Use of biotechnology like PRP may enhance results.
The first consultation with your hair specialist will focus on the history and cause of your hair loss to ensure that you are a potential candidate. Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is the most frequent concern and has polygenetic causes. However, there are multiple other causes for hair loss that have to be excluded that can be temporary or due to scalp conditions and may be contra-indications for hair transplantation.
Patients with androgenic alopecia (AGA) are usually first initiated on medical treatments, like topical minoxidil and/or oral finasteride. These medications have shown to stabilize loss and in some cases cause regrowth.
In discussing non-surgical hair replacement for women and men, it is also important to consider nutritional balance. You may benefit from a consultation with our nutritionist.