Most people considering surgical hair restoration are not aware of the scope
and the pitfalls of this medical specialty. While some patients may understand
the basic science behind these procedures, few are aware of the aesthetics and
artistry required to perform them well. And not all doctors who claim to do the
procedure are as skilled as they perhaps should be.
Flashy marketing and high-pressure sales pitches dominate the field, making
truly objective and rational decision-making sometimes difficult. In general,
hair restoration or transplantation is handled not so much as the medical
specialty that it is and one that serves patients, but as a business that
The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is genetic. In fact, heredity accounts for 95% of all the cases of alopecia (baldness) in this country. The remaining 5% of the cases can be due to a number of things including diet, stress, illness, or medications.
Factors that can cause hair loss include:
Medications, vitamins, or minerals. Drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, or gout; chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer patients; and...
Hair restoration includes surgical and nonsurgical techniques. Surgical hair
restoration includes hair transplantation and other techniques including those
not recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. Hair transplantation is
the most recommended technique in surgical hair restoration.
The AHLA fully endorses surgical hair restoration for those candidates who
can benefit from the procedure. It is important to note, however, that there
are only a handful of qualified surgeons and surgical staffs performing hair
restoration surgery in the U.S. and worldwide. It pays to learn which questions
to ask during consultations as well as what to look for and what to avoid when
choosing a hair restoration surgeon.
Published on March 1, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association