While many medical therapies are available to delay, or in some cases reverse, hair loss and thinning, the only way to restore hair to areas of the scalp where the follicles have stopped producing is hair transplantation. Decades ago, in its infancy, this procedure was done using large “plugs” that still have a negative connotation to people today. But today’s hair restoration surgery is a different matter entirely. This fact is perhaps best illustrated by the growing popularity of the procedure.
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), 133,136 people in the United States had a hair transplant in 2016 which is the most recent year for which there are statistics. That’s an increase of 18% from 2014. And 2014 was a 27% increase over 2012. I think that there are a few reasons for such growth: first, the newest hair transplant methods are so natural-looking. Also, men are becoming ever more accepting of having aesthetic procedures and many celebrities and athletes have been open about their hair transplants.
At Natural Restorations we perform the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) procedure. This is a minimally invasive procedure in which each hair follicular unit is removed on its own after being scored with a small oscillating punch.
Though performing FUE requires time and is demanding upon the physician, we feel that it is the best method that we can offer due to its short and long-term benefits which include little post-op discomfort, less missed time from work, a quicker return to full activities, and avoiding the stigma of a linear scar at the back of the head and above the ears.