This is a basic article on how modern hair transplantation works with a little review of the history of hair restoration to understand how far we have come today. When many of my patients come to see me, they are simply confused about how a hair transplant works and what they need to do to maintain their result over time.

Let's go back to the beginning. Back in 1939 and 1942, Okuda and Tamura in Japan found that hair transplanted from behind to restore pubic hair loss would survive and grow. Due to public bathing rituals in Japan and a disease state in young Asian women suffering from pubic hair loss, this type of transplant proved to be an important step in knowing that hair transplanted from one area of ​​the body to another would thrive and survive. . However, it was not until the famous New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich in the 1950s that we knew that moving hair from the back of the head to the front of the head where there is baldness would not be lost over time as they original hair there. He called this phenomenon "donor dominance", meaning that the hairs moving from the back of the head to an area of ​​genetic susceptibility to hair loss would preserve the properties of the donor hair and not be lost over time. This was the brilliant breakthrough we needed to know that the results continued to survive despite being transplanted into an area predisposed to hair loss.

If you are wondering why is hair on the back not susceptible to hair loss? Only God knows. However, that is the case. Think of the baldest man you know (who has not shaved his hair on the back of his head). He still has a piece of hair out there. Even the baldest man has a restrained horseshoe on the back of his head. The only trick when performing a hair transplant is then to know which area is "safe" for transplantation, ie. which area over time is not lost as the person gets older. This is a major reason why it can be problematic to transplant a person at the age of 20 years. We simply do not know how much hair on the back of the head does not fall out over time. Plus, we can simply run out of donor hair to transplant the head in front and maintain a natural result as more hairs (that were not transplanted) fall out as one gets older. visit:

This verdict is really one of the most important characteristics that distinguishes an experienced hair transplant surgeon from a novice. It is a major prerequisite for performing safe hair transplant work to know who to operate on (that is, who is safe and who is not). With the laws of supply and demand, a person who has an enormous donor density, ie. there are many hair follicles per. Square centimeters in the donor area, in many cases cover a huge degree of baldness naturally and impressively. A surgeon's use of grafts wisely in a good pattern distribution with good angulation will help ensure that the result is both natural and close considering a particular person's degree of hair loss and usable donor hair supply.

The second question often asked is "Will the transplanted hair be like the other hairs I have there that were not transplanted? Will I cut it the same way as my other hairs?" The answer is an emphatic yes. I further explain that a hair transplant procedure simply moves hair from one side of the head to the other like taking a flower out of a pot and moving it to another. It will grow in its new environment just like in the previous one. Although the number of transplanted hairs does not exactly match the lost hair, the surgeon can, using good technique, make 5,000 transplanted hairs (a typically large session) look like 50,000 lost hairs (the beginning of hair loss to the point that baldness becomes apparent.)

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Getting a hair transplant is a big decision and not one you should take lightly - if you have constantly lost hair, you should first talk to a qualified professional.