Hair Restoration Techniques For A Natural, Fuller Head of Hair
Hair loss has a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem and appearance. There are a variety factors that can contribute to this, such as family genetics, medications and treatments. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jack Fisher explains different techniques that can be used on patients experiencing hair loss.
“There are multiple options for addressing hair loss. Laser treatments are a reasonable attempt to thicken hair,” explains Dr. Fisher. “There must be either a dormant or a sleeping follicle because you cannot stimulate an area of skin and hope for hair to grow. The laser increases blood flow to the scalp stimulating the follicle to grow. However, there is no guarantee that the lasers used to stimulate the hair growth will work. This technique is unpredictable and won’t always produce satisfactory results.”
One of the more invasive hair restoration techniques is the strip technique, whereby the plastic surgeon takes out a segment of scalp in the back, sews the scalp back very carefully so there is minimal scarring. The strip is then cut into individual grafts or follicular units, explains Dr. Fisher.
Follicular unit extraction is another technique where devices are used to extract the hair individually. It is a good concept taking each graft one at a time, but you are limited in the amount of hair you can remove, notes Dr. Fisher.
The real skill in hair restoration and transplantation is how you put the hair in and design a hair line, that’s where the important skills of aesthetics come into play. If poorly done the results will look unnatural. It is important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the skill set to perform this procedure properly.
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