7 INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES IN HAIR TRANSPLANTATION

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Research and Technology in hair transplant surgery have certainly come a long way; however, the innovative techniques have transformed hair transplant procedures tremendously.

Here are 7 cutting-edge techniques in hair transplantation:

Robotic Systems: Robotic devices assist physicians with removing donor grafts individually and cut down on surgical harvesting time.

Stem Cell Hair Loss Therapy: Latest research shows stem cells can possibly stimulate hair growth. PRP therapy (platelet rich plasma) is the process of spinning your blood down to the stem cells in platelets and inject these into the recipient area of the scalp to promote new hair growth.  {not proven or approved treatment}

Ethnic Hair Transplants: Ethnic hair tends to be thick, curly and/or coarse hair which can be difficult to restore in thinning or balding areas. High hair lines and traction alopecia are among the common issues for women of color due to long term braiding. Surgical hair restoration can be of benefit for these patients to restore hair where it was lost.

Hairline Advancement: Hairline procedures today have the ability to balance out the hairline with the shape of the face. Hairline advancement surgery is very effective to lower one’s hairline..

Tissue expansion: This procedure is performed to reduce the size of a bald area of the scalp by placing a tissue expander (similar to a balloon) under the skin. Over the course of a few weeks the balloon is expanded, which stretches the scalp skin. Once the scalp is loose enough, the expander is removed and the excess skin is removed.  The size of the bald area is now reduced in size.

Mega sessions: This is a procedure where a surgeon can place 2,000 or more hair grafts in one session. This surgery generally takes 8 or more hours and requires a dense donor area of hair.

Hair cloning: While still in the research phase, scientists are working to utilize cells from healthy hair follicles in order to grow new hair in tissue culture (outside of the body).

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