Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that moves healthy hair from the sides and back of the head (hair that is genetically programmed to resist DHT) to balding areas. New procedures now give surgeons the ability to transplant individual hair groupings (called follicular units), with the end result being a more natural look and better coverage.
Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplants are the gold standard in hair transplants and the most natural because hair is transplanted as it grows — in single groupings of 1-4 hairs.
Types of hair transplants you should avoid:
Hair is transplanted in larger groupings of 1-3 follicular units (4-12 hairs). This is less natural than follicular units, and is an older technology.
Hair is transplanted in even larger groupings of 4-6 follicular units (16-24 hairs). This is an old technology that may save time and money, but looks much less natural.
Hair is transplanted in even larger groupings than 6 follicular units (>24 hairs). This is an old technology that has a bad reputation for a very good reason — plugs usually look like doll hair.
Why Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplants are the Gold Standard
Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplants involve harvesting units from a donor site (at the back and sides of the head) where hair is genetically programmed to grow for your lifetime, and "replanting" it unit by unit in a balding area. Follicular unit transplants typically yield a 95%+ success rate.
With follicular unit technology, transplants are prepared using either the naked eye, magnification loops or a high-powered surgical microscope. Hair Club exclusively uses high-powered microscopes to minimize any potential damage to transplanted hair and maximize your result.
Microscopes are particularly effective for patients who have grey or light-colored hair since the magnification makes them much easier to see and to transplant.
Clients opting for hair transplants should be aware of what limitations exist with this procedure. The skill of the surgeon, the amount of hair in the donor region and the individual's expectations all contribute to the ultimate success. Be sure to ask about the type of grafts, preparation tools and the experience of your surgeon. During your consultation you will be told how many sessions you will need, what coverage you will achieve and what the total cost will be.
Hair Club now offers microscopic follicular unit hair transplants in select metropolitan areas.
PROPECIA (finasteride), a prescription medication, works by preventing testosterone from being converted into DHT. PROPECIA was shown to be effective by a double blind study, reviewed by the FDA, in over 1,800 patients. Eighty to ninety percent of patients taking PROPECIA will see their hair loss slow down or stop and in certain areas of the scalp there can be actual increases in coverage with hair growth. PROPECIA works best for men who are in the early stages of hair loss and has to be taken indefinitely if hair growth is to continue.
Potential Side Effects
Clinical tests showed PROPECIA had minimal side effects. Only a very small number of men (less than 2%) had sexual side effects (decreased libido or temporary erectile dysfunction). However, such side effects went away among all men when they stopped taking PROPECIA.
Important Safety Information:
PROPECIA® is for men only. Women who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use PROPECIA because of the risk that the active ingredient may cause a specific kind of birth defect. (See Patient Product Information for details.) Likewise, women should avoid handling tablets that are crushed or broken. PROPECIA tablets are coated to prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling.