Skin flap surgery is a method of moving a "flap" of skin from one area of the body to another. Scalp flap surgery has an important but limited role in hair restoration.
Hairline restoration guide: read more on receding hairline treatment
There are a number of hairline restoration options available for individuals who feel unhappy with their receding hairlines, which are typically caused by male pattern baldness. Receding hairline treatment can range from medicines such as Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Finasteride to hairline transplants.
Receding hairline restoration surgery involves transferring healthy hair grafts from other parts of the head to areas where thinning hair and hair loss are occurring. The most common type of hairline restoration procedure, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), typically results in lower post-surgery pain, no scarring, and a fairly natural appearance. Scalp flap surgery is also sometimes used for hairline restoration.
Another option for receding hairline treatment is laser therapy, wherein hair follicle cells absorb laser light to stimulate hair growth and repair. Laser treatment options are available at physicians’ offices (generally on a weekly or biweekly basis) or with the use of at-home devices such as laser combs.
One of the most important esthetic considerations in hair restoration is the re-creation of your hairline, whether loss of the hairline has been partial or complete.
Life situations can change and a hair transplant needs to be revised to meet the patient’s present and future needs. Revising hair restoration surgery must be approached cautiously, however, with appropriate examinations and patient-physician consultations.
Improvements in instrument technology and technique have made follicular unit extraction (FUE) a procedure competitive with strip harvesting for obtaining donor hair for hair transplantation.
The interaction between laser light and living tissue is defined as photobiology. Photobiology can be subdivided into laser-tissue reactions defined as photochemistry and photophysics—that is, stimulation of chemical or physical reactions by laser light.
A graft is the tissue unit of one or more hair follicles that has been removed from a donor site on the scalp, to be inserted into an area of hair loss.
Finasteride (brand name Propecia®) is an orally administered medication for male pattern hair loss (MPHL) and it's effects in slowing hair loss and stimulating new hair growth work best for early to moderate degrees of hair loss.
There are several steps following a hair restoration: determining if subsequent sessions, progressive hair loss due to Androgenetic Alopecia, hair transplants done years ago and hairline revisions as patient ages.