June 29, 2008
-- Hair loss can deeply affect a person's self-esteem. Many people report feeling less attractive and self-confident as a result of losing their hair. Hair transplant can be an important way of not only restoring a person's natural appearance, but also their sense of self-esteem. Hair transplant is different from other hair replacement techniques as the hairs transplanted are natural and they grow like the remaining hairs on the scalp.
Even extremely bald men still have a ring of hair around the back and sides of their heads. This hair is not lost during the balding process because the follicles themselves are not affected by DHT, the hormone that causes the follicles in the front and top of the head to shrink in size and stop growing hair. In hair transplantation surgery a piece of this skin containing these follicles is removed from the back and sides of the head. The follicles are then extracted from the surrounding tissue and then are reinserted into the balding areas of the scalp. Since the follicles themselves are not affected by the hormone DHT, they continue to grow hair even after they have been moved from the back of the head to the front of the head.
Unfortunately hair transplantation started with doll hair type plugs and this unacceptable looking technology persisted for many years. Recently transplant surgery have advanced in the form of follicular unit transplant to create a more realistic looking hair line. We perform individual follicle hair transplants using your own hair in an office setting under local anesthesia. Complete hair transplants can frequently be performed in one sitting. During individual follicle hair transplants, the surgeon removes small pieces of hair-bearing scalp from a donor site on your head. Those hair transplants or grafts are then divided under a microscope into individual follicles. These follicles are then micro-implanted, one hair at a time, into small "pin holes" in the balding area. While hair transplants require meticulous and time-consuming work, we believe the terrific, natural results we achieve are worth it.