For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what appears to be a fuller head of hair. If thinning hair or bald spots are taking a toll on your self esteem, a hair transplant procedure can be one path to feeling more confident about your appearance.
Opting for hair restoration surgery is a major decision for most people and will permanently change your appearance by transplanting hair from the back of your head to your thinning area. The ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery is an individual 40 years of age or over that has is type 1 though 4 on the Norwood scale for men or a grade 1 on the Ludwig scale for women.
Norwood Scale of Male Pattern Baldness
The most commonly used chart for men is the one developed by Dr Hamilton and then later modified by Dr. o’Tar Norwood called the Norwood-Hamilton scale.
The first signs of balding are increased frontotemporal recession accompanied by midfrontal recession (type II).
Hair loss in a round area on the vertex follows, and the density of hair decreases, sometimes rapidly, over the top of the scalp (types III through VII).
Ludwig Scale of Female Pattern Baldness
Women who suffer from androgenic alopecia have a pattern of hair loss called female pattern loss. This loss does not occur in the same pattern as men but appears as a diffuse thinning throughout the scalp.
There is a chart designed to classify female pattern loss called the Ludwig scale.
The American Hair Loss Association has fully endorsed surgical hair restoration for candidates who can benefit from the procedure (Source). The AHLA has also noted that “there are only a handful of qualified surgeons and surgical staffs performing hair restoration surgery in the US and abroad.”
What Are Hair Transplants and How Do They Work?
During a hair transplant, hair is redistributed typically from the sides and back of the head, to the balding or thinning areas. These grafts are placed to create a natural appearing result. The new hair follicles act as your normal hair, growing at the same rate as the rest of the area. The procedure can help you achieve a fuller head of hair and the results are permanent.
Modern hair restoration surgery has come a long way since the days of hair plugs. Techniques like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) incorporated with laser hair therapy (LLLT) has helped maximize the harvest, created a more natural looks and reduced scaring. The surgery is often a one day out-patient procedure requiring only local anesthesia.
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