General information on hair transplant and hair restoration treatment options
It should be noted that hair transplant and surgical hair restoration essentially refer to the same thing. Each term denotes the process of surgically redistributing donor hair (hair which is not genetically susceptible to male hormones [DHT] and, therefore, grows permanently), to the area affected by hair loss. Following the implantation of a hair, it will continue to grow for life in the new region given the fact that it is genetically resistant to male hormones. This is an encapsulation of the process of surgical hair restoration, one characterised by the relocation of permanent hair to an affected area.
Hair restoration fundamentals
For almost every client, the outcome of hair loss is a crescent-shaped donor fringe with genetically resistant hair. In view of genetic susceptibility to male hormones, and fluent and permanently damaged area, if it develops, will form around one area on the head. Hair loss conventionally conforms to an identifiable pattern: first, a receding hairline; second, the thinning and miniaturising of hair in the middle of the head; and finally, a balding crown at the rear of the head. Most cases of male hair loss display a regular pattern of affected regions at the apex of the head. It shouldn’t be overlooked that both sexes can be susceptible to hair loss over time, and the human body has a wide variety of hair follicles which don’t conform to the most common processes given their resistance to male hormones and inherited balding. It is possible to find viable donor hair of this kind on all areas of the body, including the head, the face, and the chest.
The following image illustrates what a typical case of male baldness looks like (source: www.stern.de).
The earliest studies of hair follicles were incorporated into the first surgical hair transplantations, and this involved the relocation of DHT-resistant (Dihydrotestosterone-resistant) hair follicles from a donor site at the back of a scalp to an area affected by loss. Following the redistribution of the hair, it acts as any normal head of hair would: you can wash as you would otherwise, dry it, perm it, style it, and it will keep growing for the rest of your life.
The following image illustrates a restoration process with successful redistribution (Stern 2 result hair transplant).
What is a hair transplant?Some more words about hair restoration
Hair transplant refers to the act of redistributing hair. Specifically, hair follicles resistant to inherited balding and genetic conditions will be relocated from an identified donor site to an affected area (i.e. a recipient site). The objective of this process is to intelligently organise the redistribution to achieve an aesthetically satisfying outcome with high growth yields and the inability to discern whether a surgical procedure has taken place. Although donor hair is limited, experienced hair restoration physicians have a knowledge of state of the art techniques that can allow them to achieve the maximum effect with minimum redistribution. This leaves a sufficient donor supply intact for any subsequent treatment procedures a client may want to undergo.