Hair loss is a widely prevalent condition affecting millions of men and women worldwide. Hair loss, aside from the aesthetic issue, can cause one to feel and look much older than they really are. Here at Awaken Aesthetics we offer comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of hair loss in men and women. Dr. Ahn, our board certified and fellowship trained hair restoration surgeon, is dedicated to the art and science of hair transplant and restoration. Only the most advanced technology and techniques are employed here to address your hair loss situation, whether it be the scalp, the eyebrows, or a high forehead.
Hair loss is a multifactorial medical condition that affects nearly 40 million Americans. It can be caused by myriad medical problems including thyroid and nutritional disorders, hormonal imbalances such at polycystic ovarian syndrome, and advancing age. Patterned or androgenetic hair loss is hair loss due to the influence of androgen – namely 5-dihyrdoxytestosterone (5-DHT). The modulation of this hormone is the basis for effectiveness of Propecia (finasteride) in treating patterned hair loss. Because of the varied nature of hair loss in men and women, it is important to see a hair loss expert to determine the correct course of action to address your condition, which may be as simple as supplementing your diet!
Men’s hair loss is usually typified by male pattern baldness, which is due to the influence of male androgens. Awaken Aesthetics specializes in all aspects of hair transplant surgery, ensuring that the best and most natural appearing results.
Hair transplant or hair restoration is a procedure that effectively restores hair, by extracting healthy hair follicles from a donor area, and transplanting them to thinning or bald spots. Since male pattern baldness typically affects the front hairline and the top of the head, hair is usually harvested from the back of the head, or the sides.
Hair Restoration Surgery
Hair transplantation has advanced far past the days of “plugs” which gave patients an unnatural “doll’s hair” look. Modern hair transplantation involves the implantation of single hair units that blend seamlessly with your pre-existing hair, resulting in natural, undetectable results. This is opposed to the old “hair plugs” that were units of multiple hairs that were transplanted together – resulting in the “plug” look. Now, by being able to transplant hair as either a single, double, or triple follicular unit – this provides a much more natural design and result. As such, the artistic eye and skill of the the surgeon becomes paramount to satisfying results.
FUE versus Strip Harvest
FUE is a method of hair graft harvest that involves single hair punches to the donor site. Strip harvest is the en bloc harvest of donor hair in a strip. The purported benefit of this over the traditional method is the lack of a linear scar as well as faster recovery time. While this is true in some circumstances, FUE is not always the optimal procedure for every patient. Some providers who only perform FUE may be applying it to patients who are better suited with the traditional strip method, costing them unnecessary additional time and expense. It is important to ask your physician about all available methods and why each of them may be better for your specific situation.
Here at Awaken Aesthetics, we perform both FUE and strip harvest and Dr. Ahn will thoroughly discuss all options for you and counsel your best individualized treatment plan.
It is important to remember that no matter the way the hair is harvested, whether it be strip or FUE, what really matters the most in the end is how your newly transplanted hairline looks, feels, and makes you feel.
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