Does hair restoration treatment really work?
Yes! Hair restoration treatment has come a long way from its somewhat crude beginnings and hair restoration surgery is currently the only permanent solution for hair loss. Today’s hair transplant surgeons are capable of performing surgical hair restoration treatments that are so natural that they are virtually undetectable from native growing hair. Surgical hair restoration involves removing hair from the back and sides of the head, where hair is naturally resistant to balding. This hair is then artfully placed in the thinning or balding regions of the scalp. The resulting growth is both natural-looking and permanent.
How do I find out if I am a good candidate for hair restoration treatment?
There is no single formula for determining whether or not you will be a good candidate for hair restoration treatment. The only way to know for sure is to have a consultation with a qualified hair restoration surgeon. He or she will consider such factors as your age, the extent of your hair loss, your family history of hair loss, your expectations, the density and condition of your hair, the contrast between your skin and hair color and various other hair characteristics.
How do I find a qualified doctor for hair restoration treatment?
Two of the most respected societies for hair restoration surgeons are the International Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS) and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). Both groups maintain a list of recommended hair restoration surgeons by city and state. The websites of these societies are a good place to start when finding a qualified physician to perform your surgical hair restoration treatment. Once you narrow your list down, spend some time visiting hair loss and hair restoration treatment forums, such as The Bald Truth. You will be able to read first-hand reviews of patient experiences with various hair restoration surgeons. Also be sure to check out various surgeons’ video and photo results. Look for enlarged, clear images to get a true idea of the quality of their hair restoration treatment work.
What surgical hair restoration treatment is right for me?
There are two main types of surgical hair restoration treatment today: strip and FUE. Strip surgery was first introduced in the nineties and many hair restorations surgeons are still performing this technique today. This method involves removing a strip of tissue from the back of the patient’s head and slivering it into individual follicular units for transplantation. Some of the drawbacks of this method are that it is rather invasive (and can therefore be more painful and require additional recovery time) and that it leaves a horizontal linear scar in the back of the patients head. These scars have been known to stretch over time and can sometimes be a few centimeters in width.
FUE is an alternative and advanced surgical hair restoration treatment which was originally pioneered by Dr. Woods of Australia. This hair restoration treatment does not leave a linear scar on the back of the head, nor does it require the removal of a large strip of tissue or the use of sutures. With FUE, the hair restoration surgeon removes intact follicular units individually and transplants them to thinning or balding regions. One of the most advanced FUE techniques was created by Dr. Cole about ten years ago. His proprietary method and instrumentation is known as CIT, or Cole Isolation Technique. CIT allows him to achieve the most natural-looking results possible for every patient.