Hair Transplant Procedure

Early History Of
Hair Transplant Surgery

Before hair transplant surgery techniques that focused on transplanting hair follicles, someone suffering from hair loss either had to live with it, use non-permanent and sometimes unproven methods to halt progression, or undergo dangerous and highly invasive surgery to remove affected areas and replace them with entire strips of healthy scalp.

Scalp reduction surgery involves removing areas of the scalp affected by hair loss and suturing together areas where hair grows

Scalp flap surgery involves removing areas of the scalp affected by hair loss and replacing them with donor scalp removed from other places of the scalp unaffected by hair loss

Both of these procedures are still performed today, but never for patients with androgenic alopecia. These techniques are only recommended as a part of reconstructive surgery for patients with permanent hair loss related to extensive disfigurement (burn victims, for example).

Follicular
Hair Transplant Surgery

Follicular hair transplant surgery has been a revolutionary and often controversial field since its invention in 1930s Japan. When hair transplant surgery began gaining wider notoriety in the 1960s, techniques were crude. Until recent technical developments, follicular grafts were around 4 mm in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser) and resulted in the “hair plug” look that has drawn so much infamy in the past 50 years. Luckily, techniques developed since the 1980s have advanced to allow extremely natural looking results with the implementation of follicular grafts that are around 1 mm in diameter and graft placement that takes into account the graft’s growth pattern to better ensure natural looking results.
Today, follicular hair transplant surgery is conducted in two major methods with outstanding results.

Follicular
Unit Transplant (FUT)

FUE Robotic hair restoration performed by the state of the art ARTAS robot

Follicular
Unit Excision (FUE)