30 years ago, only the ‘most desperate’ people had hair transplants. Your father’s hair transplant procedure was in its infancy. Very few physicians understood or offered it and consequently the results were – well, not natural. I know because I was one of the most desperate. My name is Michael Ramsey and today I’m the clinic director for one of the most progressive hair transplant clinics in the country. But then, I was a single 30 year old dealing with hair loss and desperate for a solution.
At that time hair transplants, also known then as hair plugs, were done in a way that didn’t yield a natural look, especially in a person’s hair line. At that time, surgeons transplanted hair in large clumps, typically 15 to 20 hairs in each bundle or graft. They harvested these hairs from the back of the head where men and women had more hair than needed, and these hairs tended to be permanent when transplanted. Physicians would place these clumps of hairs in rows resembling the hair on a doll’s head or corn field. As you can imagine, there is nothing natural about that. For me the good part was that I had hair again! The not-so-good part was that anyone who looked at me was immediately distracted by unnatural clumps of hair in my frontal hairline. I’d traded a natural balding-look for an unnatural patchy ‘hair-in-rows’ look.
Fast forward to today and things have improved dramatically. Advancements in technology have touched all areas of life. Thirty years ago none of us used cell phones, the Internet, or probably owned computers. Today, just these three technologies have revolutionized how we live, work and play. In the world of medicine, many surgeries that once required a long hospital stay are now considered outpatient procedures, where patients walk out of the hospital the afternoon of their surgery. Ultra-advanced surgical procedures, cell-therapies and robotics now improve patient outcomes while minimizing down time. Researchers using 3-D printers can print a human’s ear, or other organs using a patient’s own cells. Cloning tissue and organs is right around the corner. Unprecedented medical advancements and breakthroughs seem like weekly events on the evening news.
Like these areas of medicine the medical hair restoration field has enjoyed enormous breakthroughs and advancements. In place of the large clumps of hair in rows, robots assist the surgeon in harvesting hairs with no stitches, minimal downtime and precision unmatched by human hands. Today hair transplantation is now a specialized field practiced by board certified, experienced hair transplant surgeons. This field and specialty didn’t exist 30 years ago. Today Stem Cell Treatments, Laser Light Therapy, Scalp-micropigmentation and teams that specialize in the art and science of hair restoration, help men and women dealing with hair loss each day. A practice like ours that specializes in both surgical and non-surgical hair restoration and hair loss management was hardly imaginable then.
Now we help patients from across the country with hair restoration. Patients start by receiving a complete hair and scalp analysis. During this portion of the process, the patient’s hair loss, hair and scalp condition, hair quality, overall health, goals and expectations are evaluated and discussed. Most patients have two goals – one is to stop continued hair loss and the other is to fill in areas that have gotten too thin.
To stop hair loss we offer several options including FDA approved Low Level Light Therapy, Anagen Specialty hair products and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a Stem Cell Transfer Therapy. To add more hair to thinning areas we offer two hair transplant options: Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction transplantation and Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ transplantation. Both of these options allow us to fill in thinning areas with permanent, natural growing hair. Additionally, because of advancements in hair transplant surgery, patients that were once poor candidates for the procedure are now often good candidates. More hair can be transplanted at one time minimizing the necessity for more surgeries.
Your father’s hair transplant days are long gone. The old hair plugs implanted by pioneering physicians who experimented on each patient have been replaced with natural looking, undetectable hair transplants. Today highly skilled specialized surgeons and medical teams using robotics, stem cells and light therapy help men and women across the country solve their hair loss problem. Now, hair restoration is not only for the ‘most desperate’ men and women. Instead, those even mildly bothered by their hair loss have wonderful options. From simply stopping hair loss to filling in large areas that have thinned or gone bald, today’s modern hair restoration practice can help.