A Hair Transplant is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that takes hair, or the hair follicle, out of the skin, and then relocates that hair follicle into another skin location. The typical, or most common hair transplant involves taking hair follicles from the back of the scalp and moving or transplanting them to the front of the scalp where the balding has occurred. It is like moving a plant from one section of your garden to another.
A hair follicle is a very tiny organ that generates hair, and this organ is located just under the skin, which is not visible to the eye. The hair that emerges from the hair follicle is visible to the eye because the hair follicle continues to grow and emerges from the skin.
There are several keys to a successful hair transplant. The first is ‘extracting’ the patient’s expectations, next is to determine the best hairline and density location, third is to perform the state-of-the-art hair transplant procedure, and lastly, provide patient follow up care.
It is crucial to ask the patient what he expects to see after his hair transplant procedure(s) have been performed and fully grown out (which can take 6-12 months). If the patient is expecting to have a hairline density like Tom Cruise, and can only achieve what Buddy Harrison has, that misunderstanding will result in failure, no matter how good the hair transplant ‘looks’. Once the expectations are discussed and fully understood, then the proper planning and number of procedures/grafts can be calculated. Keep in mind that it typically takes more than one hair transplant to achieve desired results.
To determine the best hairline and density location is usually a compromise between the patient and Physician or Physician Assistant. As one ages, it is very common to recede on the hairline, and this is the most natural look. This is why it is best to have a receding hairline, even if you are in your 30s, because if you choose a lower, younger hairline, this may not look good later on in life….and for these reasons: As you age, you will, most likely, lose more hair, especially on the temporal areas (area above the ears), and if this occurs, then there will be a ‘detachment’ or a bald area between the new grafted area and the temporal are. This will not obligate you to continue the hair transplanting process to ‘correct’ this imbalance and unnatural balding pattern. So, it is always recommended to get a conservative, more receded hairline to prevent this unforeseen and unnatural hair loss patterns.
All patients should have available to them the state-of-the-art hair restoration techniques. There are many hair transplant surgery techniques ‘out there’ but one must learn what is the best and why it is the best. Dr. Loria can say his hair restoration techniques are the best…but the question is …why? Here is why…
All patients will be provided with follow up care to monitor and evaluate the healing of the hair transplant. Dr. Loria trains his team to keep in touch with all patients on a frequent basis to make certain that all patient needs are met, all patient concerns are addressed, and all patient outcomes are optimal.
The next treatment is called ‘threading’ where suture like threads are ‘sutured’ into your scalp and there is a claim it can stimulate hair growth. It might actually stimulate some hair growth, but the traumatic aspect of needling this thread into the scalp might cause more damage than what actually is stimulated to grow.
Another treatment called a ‘laser cap’ can help support healthy hair, however, like with all the others, it cannot grow substantial amounts of hair, like Hair Transplantation is proven to do.
Be cautious of the claims made when one is selling you these products.
At Loria Hair Restoration we offer these products but clearly state they are supportive in nature, and the patient will not have unreasonable expectations.
Please note that certain medications such as Finasteride and Minoxidil are FDA approved medications that can slow the process of hair loss, and, in addition, provide some, albeit, small amount of hair growth. This medical treatment is legitimate and can help.
What’s on the horizon? Dr. Loria has patented a Hair Implant…an artificial hair that can be implanted into the skin. The artificial hair implant can provide a limitless number of hair fibers to the balding areas, unlike hair transplant surgery, which depends on living hair follicles (which are limited in quantity). Dr. Loria is currently seeking FDA approval for this hair implant and this will be an alternative hair restoration treatment for those who want an extremely full head of hair, or for those who suffer from alopecia from genetic or chemotherapy causes and are not hair transplant surgery candidates.