Although hair transplantation alone is by far the most common method of hair restoration utilized in modern times, excision of bald scalp after either tissue expansion or scalp extension can play a very useful and important role in hair restoration as well.
Hair Transplant Surgery
For men and women suffering from hair loss, 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 eyelashes, eyebrows, facial hair, and hair lost due to trauma on the scalp and on the body, as well.
Many people worry about the cost of a hair transplant. Hair transplant surgical fees can vary depending on the type of service and area of coverage chosen, the area in the world one lives, as well as the causes of the patient’s hair loss. Hair transplant reviews differ, but most patients are happy with the results. The effect of the procedure is not only aesthetic, but also emotional, granting many patients increased confidence and self-assurance.
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.
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is a method of harvesting hair follicles from the donor area (the back and side of scalp where hairs won't fall out during the patient's lifetime).
The general technique of harvesting hair and implanting hairs into any part of the body remains essentially the same.
Many people ask if hair transplantation actually works, and the answer is yes. Hair restoration or transplantation works by the theory of donor dominance.
Hair restoration in general has come a long way. Specifically, techniques in the various procedures and processes for harvesting grafts have evolved.
Perhaps no where else in the world is one's appearance tied to their profession quite like Hollywood. And for male and female celebrities, the right hairstyles can shape careers and set the latest trends.
Surgical hair restoration in blacks is similar in most respects to surgical hair restoration in whites and other ethnic groups. Blacks with hair loss should have no hesitation in consulting with a hair restoration doctor.
There are many different sources for body hair. These include anywhere from the nape of the neck down to the top of the toes. These also represent many different types of hair. The variations are characteristic of the source. The source may include finer hair, straighter hair, curlier hair, coarser hair, shorter hairs, and potentially longer hairs. The wide variety alone make them far different than scalp hair.
In a recent issue of the Forum, I reviewed some of the relevant research on follicular cell implantation (“hair cloning”) over the last ten years.1 In this column, I’ll review recent studies that relate to this topic as well, and in particular a recent report from Cotsarelis and his group (cited above). Although these reports add even more complexity, they also give us new hope that cell therapy may someday actually work.