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Are You a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?

Are You a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?

No matter the reason for your hair loss, there is likely a solution. For many people, that solution could be hair loss medications like Rogaine or Propecia. For others, the right approach may involve low-level laser therapy or platelet-rich plasma therapy. But many patients who come to the Miami Hair Institute want to know whether hair transplant surgery is an available option. That’s understandable, because the cutting-edge hair transplant techniques we have pioneered deliver exceptional results that have restored the hair and confidence of thousands of patients.

But as effective as hair transplant surgery is, it isn’t right for everyone suffering from hair loss. Many factors play a role in determining whether a patient is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. So how do you know if a transplant is a possibility for your hair restoration journey? The only way to know for sure is after a comprehensive hair loss evaluation performed by an experienced hair restoration physician. Generally, however, here are three characteristics that may mean that hair transplant surgery is a good option for you:

Sufficient Supply of Donor Hair

You can’t transplant what isn’t there. For a hair transplant to work, there actually has to be hair to move to the balding or thinning areas of your scalp. And that hair has to come from you. Unlike organ transplants where another person is the donor, hair transplants involve using your own hair. We typically take hair from areas on the back or sides of your head and transplant it to the treatment area, where it will continue to grow. Both male and female transplant surgery candidates must have a healthy and sufficient amount of hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head for transplant surgery to be a viable hair loss solution.

Permanent Hair Loss

Many hair loss cases are temporary or seasonal, meaning that lost hair should eventually grow back on its own. Surgery is only an appropriate treatment for those suffering from permanent hair loss, such as androgenetic alopecia.

Adults Only

While children and teenagers can experience permanent hair loss, their hair loss pattern may not be fully developed while they are still growing, making it challenging to perform the procedure in a way that will yield optimal results. As such, hair transplant surgery is only recommended as a potential treatment for individuals 18 and older.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, you will only know whether you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery after consulting with a hair restoration surgeon. At the Miami Hair Institute, we evaluate each hair loss patient using a comprehensive and proven methodology to determine the cause of your hair loss. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and develop an approach best suited to your condition and goals.

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair Institute, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Are Hair Plugs Still a Thing?

Are Hair Plugs Still a Thing?

You don’t use fax machines anymore, and you don’t rent videos from Blockbuster. And if you have hair transplant surgery, you won’t receive “hair plugs” either. That is because hair plugs are similarly obsolete and relics of the past.

An Early Technique That Technology and Technique Has Passed By

Hair plugs were an early type of hair transplant technique that used plug-grafts to cover thinning and balding areas. During these procedures, surgeons would punch out “plugs” (round sections of skin and hair follicles) from the back of the head and insert them into balding parts of the scalp.

The problem was that these plugs could be so unsightly and evident that the cure was essentially as bad if not worse than the original condition. Hair plugs often produced an unnatural hairline and a doll-like appearance. For a long time, however, hair plugs were the only game in town when it came to hair transplant surgery

Today, the hair restoration techniques we use at the Miami Hair Institute bear little resemblance to what was standard 10 or 20 years ago. Our advanced hair transplant procedures leave virtually no sign that a patient has had surgery and leave our patients with full, robust, and natural-looking looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans were unable to identify a hair transplant patient who had their hair restored using these new methods.

Follicular Unit Extraction Sent Hair Plugs Packing

The Miami Hair Institute’s Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose have been pioneers in developing and using the precise, highly refined hair restoration technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive way of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting donor hairs using a circular needle called a “punch.” We remove follicular units from the donor area in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or unnatural results, your concerns are things of the past. Today, your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

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