Hair Transplants Surgery Then and Now: How Technology Is Turning Heads

Hair transplants have come a long way since Dr. Norman Orentreich invented the first method of hair restoration (known as the punch transplant technique) in the 1950s. These recent advancements make hair restoration one of the most exciting and innovative surgical fields in aesthetic surgery today.

What was the punch transplant technique?

Dr. Orentreich’s technique extracted large, 4-milimeter hair grafts and transplanted them into sparse areas of the scalp. This procedure was considered leading edge hair restoration at the time. While larger grafts left behind visible scars and an unnatural appearance, the punch transplant technique was a springboard for hair restoration.

How have hair transplants improved?

Doctors continue to improve upon Dr. Orentreich’s initial efforts to create natural-looking hair that’s fuller and thicker. Today, instead of extracting an entire strip of hair containing 15 to 20 hair follicles, smaller follicular unit grafts are used. These grafts have between one and four hair follicles each and deliver very natural-looking results without much scarring at the donor site.

What is follicular unit extraction?

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a leading edge technique for extracting hair follicles. FUE significantly reduces scarring because it requires very small grafts. It also allows for more precise placement of the grafts, creating a more natural-looking hairline. 

Though this technique is more time consuming, smaller grafts look better, heal faster and involve much less discomfort. FUE is a popular choice for both men and women, however more and more women are choosing this technique because it can fill in trouble spots where hair growth has become sparse and correct any unwanted hair loss effects resulting from facial cosmetic surgery.

The hair loss experts at Amarillo Hair Restoration Center work to offer the most technologically advanced women’s hair transplant procedures available. During your initial consultation, you’ll learn why you’re experiencing hair loss and the best treatment options for your unique situation.

Isn’t it time to turn some heads and enjoy full, healthy hair again with women’s hair transplants, in Amarillo, TX?