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The History of Hair Transplantation

In simple terms, hair transplant surgery is the procedure of moving your hair from one area to another. The system dates back to as early as 1897. Japan made progress with modern techniques in the 1930s, with the western world ushering it in during the late 1950s.

While we used the strip method or FUE to harvest hair follicles, the 1980s saw strip excisions begin to replace previous techniques, using large numbers of small grafts or thousands of “micrografts” in single sessions. The use of the stereo-microscope was then introduced to dissect a single donor strip into small micrografts, and has since evolved with more refined and less invasive procedures as the size of the graft incisions have become smaller. These smaller and less invasive incisions enabled surgeons to place a more significant number of grafts into a given area.

The “lateral slit” technique was then adopted in the early 2000s, enabling surgeons to position two to four hair grafts to splay out across the scalp’s surface. This method allows the transplanted hair to lie better on the scalp, providing better coverage to bald areas. Today, many hair transplant surgeons typically adopt a combination of both methods, depending on what’s best for the patient.

– The Sourcing of Hair Follicles

BTH (body hair transplantation) is performed on appropriate candidates if hair from the back of the head is insufficient. This hair can be sourced from the chest, back, shoulders, torso, and legs. However, there are factors for potential BHT candidates to consider before surgery, such as the difference in texture and growth rates.

– The Causes of Going Bald

Age: Androgen (the hormone responsible for facial hair growth) suppresses the growth of scalp hair. As we age, androgens stimulate facial hair growth, which can suppress growth at the temples and scalp vertex (a condition known as the Androgen Paradox). Other hormonal changes include the decrease in testosterone, serum DHT and 5-alpha reductase, 3AAG (a peripheral marker of DHT metabolism), 5-alpha reductase type I and II activity, aromatase in the scalp, and an increase in SHBH.

Genetics: They play an essential role in determining whether androgenic alopecia will develop. Evidence suggests that people who have a genetic disposition for baldness are more likely to start losing their hair from an early age. Although androgen receptors and androgens are the two factors that initiate alopecia, this topic remains the subject of much research.

Hormones: The primary cause of male pattern baldness. Premature androgenic alopecia can result in a lower amount of hormones. These include testosterone, globulin, epitestosterone, and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone).

Protein: Studies found that men who go bald early tend to have an excessive amount of protein called prostaglandin D2. This protein, along with its derivatives, is one of the leading causes that block hair growth, which eventually leads to baldness.

Lifestyle: It’s normal to lose around 1500 to 3000 hairs per month. Anything more is more than the average. Bad choices such as over-treated hair, harsh products, tight pulled-back hair, lack of minerals & iron, poor diet, and stress can cause hair thinning.

Health: Medical considerations such as a weak immune system and related deficiencies, infections, skin disorders, rapid weight loss, medication, eating disorders, and pulling at your hair.

– The Bottom (Hair) Line

There’s no denying the fact that hair transplantations in Mexico and similar countries come at a lower cost, which is all the more reason to research and vet the service providers you’re considering. With professionals like Capilclinic in UK, you can book a consultation to help understand the process better. Capilclinic has the most advanced technology in the hair transplantant sector.