Are you a man who is losing his hair? If so, you don’t have to feel compelled to wear a hat for the rest of your life if you want to hide this fact. Instead, today there are some easy steps you can take to address the problem, which affects thousands of people each year and leaves many of them feeling overly self-conscious. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several medications that can slow and even stop hair loss in men, but while this can keep the problem from worsening, these medications can’t restore the hair that is already gone. That’s where hair transplant surgery comes in. The latest surgical techniques are safe and effective for males, making this an appealing option for them.
Hair Loss In Men
For the vast majority of men, especially most of those who suffer from “male pattern baldness,” hair loss is genetic. The condition results when specific hormones interact with hair follicles on the top of the head, invading the receptor site to bind with the hair shaft. Over time this causes a miniaturization of the shaft and follicle. But you may care less about why the process occurs and want to know more about what you can do about it.
First of all, you can try the FDA-approved drugs, which inhibit the growth of the hormones and help slow down the hair loss process, but remember that these can’t fill in the hair that’s lost. On the other hand, hair restoration can, since it works by transplanting donor “bald resistant” follicles from the back of head to the thinning area on the top. Since these relocated follicles retain their genetic resistance to the hormone, they will continue to grow as before. So this can be an effective solution for many males.
How It's Performed
Hair transplant surgery, which is also known as follicle unit strip surgery, is currently the most popular and least expensive way to transplant hair follicles in men. Performed in the comfort of the doctor’s office, it is an exacting and labor intensive surgical procedure. Following the application of a mild, short acting sedative, a thin 20 cm strip of donor skin and hair is removed from the back of the head. The site is stitched closed which will be totally disguised by the surrounding hair. Using a high power binocular microscope, a team of specially trained assistants will cut the strip of donor hair into a number of tiny micro and minigrafts. Cutting the donor strip must be extremely precise because the objective is to isolate and obtain grafts of various sizes. Some grafts, the micrografts, will contain only one hair follicle while the minigrafts will hold units of two, three, or four.