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Types of Hair Transplants

A good hair transplant result is undetectable not only to another viewer but to another hair-transplant surgeon. There are many reasons for a hair transplant to look unnatural and require a corrective procedure. Sometimes, it can be due to the use of old technology, progression of hair loss, or poor technique. For example, large round “plugs”, scalp reductions, and/or flaps were the procedure of choice in the past but with the progression of hair loss their results became unnatural. Sometimes the transplanted area looks unnatural and sometimes the donor area is left with wide scars and at times unnatural hair patterns that may be difficult to correct. Even though plugs and large reductions may not be performed anymore, the results of hair transplants can still look unnatural.

If an inexperienced surgeon designs an unnatural hairline shape, the patient will have a result that is unsatisfactory to the eye. If the hairline is not meticulously created in a way that is consistent with a natural hair pattern, it can still look pluggy, too straight, or unnatural for a number of reasons. If the hair-loss pattern does not match one that exists in nature (following the Norwood-Hamilton Scale) and even slightly deviates from this pattern, the result may not look natural to one’s eye but the viewer will not be able to articulate why that is the case.

The first step of a corrective hair transplant is to determine what is wrong and secondly what can be done to correct the transplant. Sometimes larger plugs or poorly placed grafts can easily be covered in the front with better grafts (a process known as “de-emphasis grafting”) and make the previous result almost entirely invisible. At other times, the grafts simply are poorly positioned in an area where only naked scalp should be (like in the forehead), and these grafts must be removed and recycled (i.e., placed back elsewhere in the scalp). In many cases, the corrective hair transplant requires extensive judgment and experience.

Hair restoration should be specific to one’s gender, ethnicity, facial shape, degree of hair loss, age, and aesthetic desires. Ethnicity is one of the important criteria to use to design a hairline and a strategic plan. For example, African-American or Hispanic men tend to have a straighter and squared off hairline if they have enough donor hair to accomplish this objective. By contrast, Asian men have a much rounder hairline because of their wider head shape. African-American women can suffer from traction alopecia loss from braiding their hair, and their hair restoration requires a different approach than for Asian or Caucasian women. Furthermore, ethnic hair looks different under the microscope, thereby requiring a specific way of handling grafts during each procedure. These are only some of the many considerations that are important when working with the ethnic patient, which explains the importance of working with a surgeon who has the awareness and experience for every ethnic-specific hair-restoration procedure.

There are several reasons why one may desire a facial hair transplant procedure. Some men may have sparse or patchy Facial hair and wish to add more hair for a fuller, thicker beard, mustache, or goatee. Some patients may need to improve symmetry or have a scar that they would like to correct with a facial hair transplant. Whatever the reason may be, Dr. Pervaiz has extensive experience with facial hair restoration procedures and will sit down with you to come up with a customized plan from beginning to end.

40% of women turning 40 will experience hair loss or thinning of their hair. Hair loss and thinning is not only devastating and traumatic but it can lead to depression. Dr. Pervaiz and her team understand the emotional attachment that women and men have with their hair which is why they have worked so hard to develop customized solutions for each client.

Causes for Hair Loss in women can consist of but is not limited to the following:

  • Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) – the most common type of hair loss in women
  • Traction Alopecia
  • Poor Nutrition/Vitamin Deficiency
  • Hormonal Imbalances/ Post Partum
  • Excessive Stress
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Born with a certain type of Hairline

Depending on the root cause of hair loss, there are many treatment options available. Dr. Pervaiz and her team will review all of the treatment options which may include some of the following:

  • Surgical
  • Non-Surgical
  • Hair Transplant
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)

Examinations and consultations with the NOVA Hair & Skin Clinic team will help you to make the best choice for you.

Male hair transplant surgery is the only way to permanently restore hair to bald or thinning areas. The hope is that the research that we and some of our colleagues are doing with stem cells and other innovative therapies will provide a more permanent solution, but until then- transplants are the gold standard- proven to provide long-term results.

First, the cause of hair loss is determined and then the Treatment Plan is formulated with Dr. Pervaiz. Some causes of hair loss in males include:

  • Traction Alopecia
  • Poor Nutrition/Vitamin Deficiency
  • Hormonal Imbalances/ Post Partum
  • Excessive Stress
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Born with a certain type of hairline

Fortunately, treatment options are available depending on the cause of hair loss, these options will be discussed at your consultation with Dr. Pervaiz. Treatment options include surgical and or non-surgical, including hair transplant, PRP, and growth factors. In some cases, a prescription topical spray including Minoxidil and other ingredients shown to be effective in controlling hair loss can also be added to use at home.