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Patients surveyed said that they had fewer complications and the best
results with the micrografts, which the respondents did not even begin to
receive until 1991, and they said that the results were better with minigrafts
than standard grafts, apparently an increasingly outdated mode of
"Micrografts are going to become the benchmark, not only to improve the
hairline, but actually for the area behind the hairline. Micrografts are going
to be used more commonly and effectively because of the things we've shown
already in the paper," Adler tells WebMD.
When comparing the more modern "strip" method of harvesting to the
older "punch" technique, the researchers found a
"significantly" lower rate of complications for strip harvesting.
But among the larger, more established types of surgery, such as scalp flap
and scalp reduction, there were negligible differences in postoperative
conditions or aesthetic results for patients during the last two decades. Adler
acknowledges that not much has changed in these procedures over the last two
This all goes to "suggest", writes Adler, "that the newer
procedures are significantly better." But he cautions that the types of
procedures compared require additional evaluation. The paper touched on laser
hair transplantation surgery, a newer method. "It's a matter of looking at
new technology critically before accepting it as the standard, which really
means newer is not really [always] better," Adler tells WebMD.
For the future, Adler says cloning hair will be one of the turning points
because it "will make a lot of candidates out of noncandidates."
For the present, though, things are looking up: "The recoveries are much
faster, there's less pain, there's less bleeding, and less risk of scars all
combined with an increase of aesthetic result, or a natural appearance. When
you combine those it's hard to beat," Adler says.
The study was sponsored by a grant from the International Society of Hair
Restoration Surgery in Schaumberg, Ill.