There is no doubt that hair loss for men and women can be devastating to one’s self-esteem and self-image. Hair loss (alopecia) affects 25% of men in their 20’s and rises to 66% after the age of 60. Women are not immune to hair loss either, even though it does not receive as much publicity. One in four women experience thinning hair, and it typically begins at menopause. According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, hair loss has troubled humans for centuries. Ebers Papyrus, written in 1500 B.C. and one of the oldest medical documents in ancient Egypt, even mentions a prescription for restoring hair. Modern transplant techniques date back to Japan in the 1930s. Men and women have tried all kinds of creative non-medical methods to mask their hair loss: hairpieces and shampoos, shoe polish and spray-on-hair, comb overs and hats. But, these methods won’t solve the problem of hair loss – they only mask it.
Permanent Hair Loss Solutions
Despite the advent of some medical treatments that offer limited results, such as Rogaine and Propecia, more and more patients are turning to more permanent solutions such as hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is now considered to be the most effective option for restoring hair. Gone are the days of hair plugs that left patients with a scalp that looked like the head on a child’s doll. Hair transplantation procedures have recently been revolutionized by the introduction of the Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation procedure, where a surgical microscope separates each hair follicle. By separating each follicle, the Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation procedure creates a completely natural result.
Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation is based on the following principles: If hair follicles have an abnormal sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) after it’s converted from testosterone, hair loss will ensue. If it appears that hair follicles in the back of the scalp and the side of the head are immune to the effects of DHT, about 2,000 units can be moved in a session from the back of the scalp to the areas that show hair loss. Because it moves your own hair, follicle by follicle, from one area of your scalp to another, hair transplantation can look completely natural.
Skills Are Just as Important as the Method
A method may be cutting-edge, but that doesn’t mean everybody will be well versed in performing it. In all hair restoration procedures, the skill of the surgeon must be on par with the surgical method. Hair transplantation is an art form and a science and an experienced surgeon will anticipate and prevent problems before they arise. A skilled doctor will also take the time to discuss how the procedure works, find out the desired results for each individual patient, and explain what each patient can expect as the outcome from their procedure.
Take the Next Step
If you are considering the Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation procedure, start off by finding a board-certified physician with experience in performing hair transplantation with the follicular unit surgical microscope. Check out the surgeon’s before and after photos and make sure that both the before and the after photos are taken in the same lighting and from the same angle. Schedule a consultation and ask to see testimonials. Gather all the information you can and take the next step to feeling more confident and comfortable with your appearance.