Hair Transplant

Say 'No' to Hair Plugs with Advanced Hair Replacement Surgery

Hair transplant surgeries have transformed over the past few years to offer natural and permanent hair fixing solutions to people suffering from different types of hair loss.

According to Gregory Pistone, M.D., F.A.A.D., a dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, hair replacements no longer leave you with large, round, “plugs” that look worse than balding head. Pistone is referring to advanced hair transplant technologies that give truly natural looking hair to patients.

However, not all hair transplant centers are equipped with the knowledge and expertise of advanced hair transplant systems. Surgical hair restoration is an unregulated field, meaning any licensed physician can perform it without special training or accreditation. Customers should be wary of the “snake oil salesman” out there, who want to sell cheap products and services, according to Pistone.

“Hair loss can be traumatic,” Dr. Pistone said, “and people will try almost anything to remedy it.” Many patients can get good results with FDA-approved drugs—Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia)—but these meds don’t work for everyone. And until recently, those patients had two choices: live with the loss or take a big risk on surgery.”

Thanks to modern techniques like
ARTAS hair restoration systems, patients can get natural hair transplants free of the old “plugs.” The new follicular unit extraction (FUE) technology applied in modern techniques extracts each graft of individual follicular units, as opposed to the grafts in strip method that contained as many as 15 follicles.

According to Dr. Pistone, patients must conduct a self assessment to determine whether they are good candidates for the surgery. The best candidates for hair transplant are men with male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, or people (both men and women) who have lost their hair due to trauma or burns.

The next concern should be the density of hair that needs to be replaced. This depends on the overall hair density on your scalp, and also the nature of the hair stand -- coarse or fine and curly or straight. Hair with greater density requires fewer grafts than thinner hair. Likewise, coarse hair covers more than fine hair and curly hair covers more than straight hair. Hair color also is a matter of concern. The closer your hair color is to your skin color, the better. If there is greater contrast, you will require more hair to be transplanted. Another factor that determines hair transplant density is the pattern and shape of the hair line and your future hair styling plans.

Depending on the requirements, it may take a few sessions spaced months or even years apart, but most patients can get most of the results they want in one or two.

Patients must also be careful while choosing the service from a physician. They should check the background of their service and speak with former patients -- ideally people with hair and skin similar to yours to ensure that the surgeon is capable of meeting your requirements.



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