What is alopecia?

Throughout history, man has always sought to prevent the loss of hair. This has been well documented in all civilizations. Different potions, lotions and formulas have been tried, with no effective result. Hair is man's (and woman's) only natural adornment. It represents beauty and youth, strength and sensuality.

Currently, the state-of-the-art technique for hair restoration is called the follicular unit procedure, where individual follicles (the "root" of the hair) are transplanted, giving a natural result that was not possible with previous techniques.

History

Excellency in hair transplantation is, today, a reality. Patients no longer have to fear the artificial, corn-row (or doll's hair) appearance. Until recently, hair was transplanted in tufts (called punch-grafts), resulting in extremely unsightly plugs. Unfortunately, some surgeons are still using this type of operation.

In the 1980's, and especially in the '90's, hair transplantation surgery experienced a great increase in quality. It was shown that hair must be very carefully prepared, in units containing no more than 4 follicles, so that growth would be seen as individual hair shafts. In this manner, with the careful dissection of grafts under magnification, the team of technicians assures a survival of over 95% of the hair follicles! This means that there is an optimization of the follicles that are removed from the donor area.


It is important to emphasize: no mechanical device (either laser equipment or hand-engines) should be used for the preparation of the grafts or to make the orifices (the micro-sites) where the grafts will be placed.