In the old days (think 1980s), there was no mistaking who had a hair transplant. The telltale corn row, doll hair, pluggy-looking hair transplants of yesteryear were -- believe it or not -- once considered state-of-the-art. But that was well before the evolution of hair transplantation. Over the last 20 years, hair restoration techniques have evolved considerably. These techniques have become so refined and results so natural-looking that most people cannot tell if someone has even had a hair transplant.
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 or Regaine (minoxidil) and finasteride (Propecia),
and Low Level Laser Therapy to surgical hair transplants to restore the hairline.
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. There are two types of surgical donor graft removal: FUT (follicular unit transplantation or strip harvest) and FUE (follicular unit extraction. Grafts obtained from either technique are used to restore a receding hairline. A single surgical session may be adequate to complete the restoration; however, multiple procedures are commonly needed to achieved desired results.
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.
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.