Hair transplantation is simply the transferring of hair from a “permanent” area of the scalp to another area in which hair has fallen out due to heredity or some other more unusual cause. For most men and women who lose the hair on the top of their head, the hair on the back and sides of their head is relatively thick and destined to remain there for the rest of their lives. This “permanent” hair is harvested in the form of a narrow “strip” of hair, which is then meticulously cut up under microscopic magnification to produce hundreds or thousands of tiny follicular unit grafts of 1-3 hairs each, and also, in some sessions, small “multi-FU grafts” of 2 or 3 adjacent follicular units.
By middle age (40’s and 50’s), approximately half of all men have developed some degree of Male Pattern Baldness. It is caused entirely by heredity, which means that each man’s genes determine before his birth which hairs are to live for a lifetime and which are to prematurely die and fall out.
In hair transplantation, these newly created tiny grafts of “permanent” hair are distributed artistically over the balding scalp according to a carefully planned pattern. They quickly take root and, after a short resting period of four to six months, grow – and keep on growing for the rest of your life.
To create great hair transplant results, a good amount of artistic ability is necessary on the part of the surgeon. He must have a “feel” for how to aesthetically create natural, feathered gradients of hair that are totally undetectable to those who will encounter that patient in the years to come.
After this new hair grows out, it can be washed, cut, or styled in whatever way you like. There is nothing fragile about transplanted hair. It can even be permed or colored. A person with a transplanted head of hair can sleep, swim, ski – in other words – do everything they ever did before, knowing that once again they have their own hair back again and no one will know.