Hair restoration surgery really takes advantage of a very neat genetic difference between the hairs on your hair. So it’s well known that the hairs on the top of the scalp are under more genetic control and effect by testosterone. The hairs on the back and the sides of the scalp are much less effected and actually resistant to the effects of testosterone. And so when a man starts to bald we notice that he starts to lose his hair on the top of his scalp and on the crown of his scalp but he always seems to keep hair on the back of his scalp as well as the lower sides.
And so in hair restoration surgery, we take advantage of that knowledge and we can actually take those hairs form the back of the scalp and transplant them to up to the top of the scalp. Those hairs will still retain their genetic resistance to the effects of dihydrotestosterone so when you put them on the top of they continue to grow and they’re not effected.
So how the surgery works is the patient comes in and we actually harvest a strip of hair that’s anywhere from four to 6 inches long and maybe half an inch wide. We take that strip of hair and we start to divide it and divide it out. And what we’re eventually doing is we’re extracting each follicular unit. And a follicular unit can have one hair, two hairs, three hairs, or four hairs. So we further divide those follicular units into the ones, twos, and the threes, and fours and what we do at that point is that we actually create a pattern on the scalp that gives a very natural hair line.
The actual technology has evolved a lot in terms of how we place these grafts. We place them at an angel. An angel that matches the other hairs in that region and so that hair grows out, it takes on a very natural appearance. Patients have really enjoyed it and it’s very, very effective. The success rate of those transplanted follicular units or those grafts is very, very high; about 99%.
The day of the procedure involves giving the patient a very light sedative so that they’re comfortable, that they’re relaxed, so that they are less nervous about the procedure. They’re in the same transplant room the whole time. We have plenty of things to distract them, keep them occupied, whether we’re listening to music or watching movies. We have a transplantation staff that’s been doing this for decades that’s happy, and cheerful, and joyful, and talkative, so if the patient wants to be talkative they’re there to converse with them and help them feel at ease, just sort of helps the time to go by very quickly. There’s a big crew in there so there are lots of activities so it’s never quiet or boring and the patients tend to see that time kind of flow by. So it’s very relaxing and comforting even though patients are there for many, many hours, they feel very comfortable.