Hair Loss Procedures
What is a Hair Transplant?
Hair restoration, or hair transplantation, is a surgical procedure in which hair is removed from the permanent area in the back and sides of the head, and transferred (transplanted) into the top and crown areas that present hair loss.
Why Hair Transplant?
Hair loss can occur in men and women due to many different factors. The most common form is called androgenic alopecia when, due to a genetic predisposition, the hair follicles have a higher sensitivity to circulating hormones and will give the characteristic male and female patterns of hair loss.
Male pattern baldness is extremely common, affecting about 60% of men by the age of 60. It usually progresses in a stepwise fashion, starting with receding temples by the narrowing of the hairline, advancing through the thinning at the crown (bald spot), and then developing to complete baldness. Hair loss in women presents itself differently. The hairline usually is preserved and there is a diffused thinning on the top.
Procedure and Results
There are currently two different techniques Northwest Facial Aesthetic Center uses to obtain the hair from the donor area (back side of head):
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – The hair follicles are removed individually using a skin punch less than 1 mm in diameter. This will create small micro incisions that look imperceptible when healed.
- Strip Technique – A thin strip of the scalp is removed and the hair follicles are obtained from there. The area of the scalp that was removed is sutured, resulting in a fine linear scar.
With either technique, the hair follicles are placed individually into the recipient area, creating a natural result.