In the past, hair transplant surgery used to be associated with an unsightly “pluggy” look that was the result of obsolete procedures. These transplant procedures utilized four-millimeter hair grafts to restore hairlines and fill in bald spots. While these older techniques had success in transplanting hair from one area of the scalp to another, they often resulted in a look that was unnatural and very obviously manufactured.
Nowadays, hair restoration surgery has improved greatly for results that are indistinguishable from natural hair growth. Alongside hair transplant surgery, Dr. Cooley and his staff at Carolina Dermatology Hair Center offer advanced hair treatment options like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to provide patients with the latest in hair restoration.
Hair Restoration Surgery
After evolving from the hair plug procedures of the past, hair transplantation surgery now consists of two methods: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). These two techniques employ similar methods but have key differences. FUT requires the removal of a strip in order to provide follicle grafts that can then be transplanted, whereas FUE uses grafts removed individually by a small punch device. Both methods result in hair restoration that looks completely natural.
The main advantage FUT and FUE have over the methods of the past is the size of the grafts. While implanting one follicular unit at a time is a meticulous process, it gives hair restoration doctors the ability to completely rebuild hairlines and fill in bald spots one follicle at a time. The transplanted hair follicles are no longer grouped together in clusters that produced the well-known and unnatural “pluggy” look of past procedures.
Hair restoration surgery has taken great strides in recent years, but other hair restoration options have also been developed to provide patients with a wider array of options. PRP therapy uses the natural nutrients of the body to boost hair growth and provide aging hair follicles with a fresh and direct supply of growth factors.
PRP is prepared by removing a small amount of blood from the patient and centrifuging it to separate the blood cells from the nutrient-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into areas of the scalp that are experiencing thinning hair to jumpstart the growth cycles of the follicles and thicken hair. While PRP therapy is a relatively new hair restoration technique, it has shown promising results for most patients that can last for up to two years.
If you are considering hair restoration surgery but are worried at the thought of hair plugs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooley at Carolina Dermatology Hair Center. Together, Dr. Cooley will walk you through the newest advancements in hair restoration and provide you with a treatment plan that will restore your hair and your self-confidence. Call Carolina Dermatology Hair Center today at 704-542-1601 to schedule your appointment.