Hair Transplants are now better than ever!

If you’ve ever seen hair plugs that yielded a less than stellar result, you may think that hair restoration just isn’t for you. But improvements in the field of hair transplant surgery have come far. In fact, with modern techniques, surgeons are able to achieve a natural, full look that hair transplants of the ‘80s and ‘90s could never come close to.

Gone are the days of “plug” grafts and “mini micrografts” with spaced-out clumps of 10-25 hairs growing in directions obviously not designed by Mother Nature. Today’s hair transplants utilize “follicular units” of one to four hairs, harvested from a donor site on the patient’s head, and inserted with tiny needles into the scalp on the problem areas.

These smaller units of hair can be densely packed in a way that mimics a full, natural look in one session. In fact, today’s hair surgeons can pack as many as 40 to 60 units in one square centimeter of scalp, up to twice the density of standard follicular unit procedures. This is due to improvements and the ever smaller size of the microsurgical blades used. Smaller blades making shallower incisions with the aid of a microscope allow for more follicular units to be introduced in a single area, creating a more natural result as well as faster healing time.
Lateral Slit Technique

The latest revolution in hair transplant surgery is the lateral slit technique made famous by Canadian Doctors Victor Hasson and Jerry Wong. Also called “perpendicular” or “coronal” grafting, this technique allows the surgeon to alter the angle of the graft incision to ultimately control which direction the hair will grow. Even very acute angles can be achieved so that hair can lie flat on the scalp (such as in the case of sideburns and hair on the temples).

Using tiny grafts and blades as well as controlling the incision angle allows hair transplant surgeons to precisely mimic the behavior of nearby natural hair on the head. Transplanted hairs fall into a similar, natural-looking pattern creating excellent results.

And since the incisions are shallower and less invasive, surgeons can pack more follicular units into each square inch without risking compression or “pop ups.” This translates to thicker, more natural hair in one procedure.

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