Newer techniques, such as follicular unit micro grafting, follicular unit
transplantation, and follicular unit extraction, have made hair transplantation
a virtually undetectable, viable option for many hair
Currently, a hair transplant can only be performed by harvesting dihydrotestosterone
(DHT)-resistant hair from the back of your own scalp, and then
transplanting it into the balding areas. Hair can also be transplanted between
identical twins who have the same genetic makeup.
By age 30, half of men start to lose the thick mop of hair they had as a teen and throughout their 20s. The hairline begins a steady backward march, and more of the scalp shows through on the top of the head.
Your genes largely determine whether you'll be one of these men. But Adam Penstein, MD, chief dermatologist at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Lake Success, N.Y., says your genes don't necessarily get the final word. You can save what you've got and (at least in some cases)...
In general, doctors believe that hair transplanted from one person to
another will be rejected unless anti-rejection medications are taken for life.
The risk of taking these medications far outweigh the benefits attained from
the transplant, however. Scientists are currently researching ways to
transplant hairs from one person to another without rejection.
Typically, men who have male
pattern baldness will still have a permanent wreath of hair surrounding the
sides and the back of their head. This is where hair is harvested from for
transplantation. This hair is genetically programmed to continue to grow even
in the worse cases of male pattern baldness.
The exception is men who have with diffuse hair loss. These men have a
similar form of hair loss as women; the hair loss is distributed throughout the
entire scalp leaving the sides and the back very sparse. If this hair were to
be transplanted, there would be no guarantee that the hair would continue to
grow in the new area because this hair seems to be inherently unstable and just
as susceptible to DHT as hair lost on the top of the scalp.
The following questions and answers will prepare you to understand surgical
hair restoration procedures and methods.
Whose hair will be transplanted onto my head?
transplants, you are your own donor for a hair transplant. There is no
donor and recipient. If you received hair, follicles, and tissue from someone
else (other than an identical twin), your body would reject them without
immune-suppressant drugs. You donate your hair from what are called your donor
Where are my donor sites?
Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are terms that include the
word pattern. That's because there is a pattern to the baldness. Especially in
men, no matter how much hair they have lost in the front, top, and crown areas
of their heads, the sides and backs of their heads retain hair, sometimes a
great deal of it. The sides and back are far less affected by the action of DHT
on their hair follicles. These areas are the donor hair sites, along with the
follicles and some surrounding tissue.
Where does the surgeon put my donor hair during the transplantation?
Once it has been extracted, it is transplanted to the balding parts of your
scalp, into tiny slits that the doctor has made in your scalp. The donated
hair, hair follicles, surrounding tissue, and skin are called grafts, and each
graft contains one or more hair follicles with accompanying hair, tissue, and