Like so many things in life, if you had a nice, full head of hair, you probably never thought about hair loss or what to do about it until your hair started thinning. The good news is that for the millions of men and women who live with significant hair loss, it is an aesthetic challenge that can be conquered.
Hair is more than mere scalp coverage. It is the frame of the face that sets the remainder of the features into harmonious balance. For men, hair loss may represent lost youth and for women, severe thinning of their hair may rob them of feeling feminine and beautiful.
Though a man can elect to shave his head, it is not a look that is universally appealing. Also, the rise in popularity of toupees and wigs speaks to the large number of men and woman who suffer with the emotional consequences of hair loss.
The medical science of hair restoration can provide remarkable results that not only permanently transfers hair to create the appearance of a fuller, healthier more youthful head of hair, but can also reestablish an individual’s confidence and self-esteem.
Over the past 30 years, surgical hair restoration has undergone a true transformation. From the early days of doing large scalp flaps to move large segments of hair, which often left the patient with unusual hairlines and large scars, to transferring multi-hair containing plugs which often looked unnatural when transferred, hair was rearranged but didn’t necessarily look natural.
Modern hair restoration is able to move individual hairs from areas of the scalp that are resistant to hormonally induced hair loss to areas of the scalp that have suffered hair loss. When these individual hairs are moved to their new location, they grow naturally and will remain in place even if hair loss progresses.
To accomplish this, the hair restoration surgeon has two options available. The first is to harvest a strip of hair bearing scalp from the back of the head, dissect individual hair follicles, and transfer them to the areas of thinning or absent hair. The second and most advanced technique, which leaves no visible scar, is to both harvest and transplant individual hair follicles. In either case, modern hair restoration procedures can now create a completely natural reconstruction using nothing but your own hair. When the new hairs are artistically placed so that they grow in the proper direction and with the proper density, it is impossible to tell that these hairs are anything but natural.
Seth A. Yellin, M.D., F.A.C.S.