For years, speaking openly about hair transplants was a rarity—unless it was as the butt of some bad joke. Though millions dreamed about reviving the locks of their youth, the stigma attached to plastic surgery and fear of receiving pluggy results held many back from seriously considering the procedure.
Thanks to today’s advanced medical technology, we’ve all heard miraculous stories about life-saving organ transplants. Occasionally, these transplants involve the recipient receiving the donor tissue from their own body, such as skin or blood . However, the vast majority of stories involve the donor organ coming from someone else.
It’s intimidating for anyone to go under-the-knife. After all, there are always potential health risks including infection, scarring or adverse reactions—even for minor surgical procedures.
But when it comes to hair transplant procedures specifically, what other complications could arise? Can a hair transplant procedure actually fail? And if they can, how can patients ensure they only receive the best results?
First thing’s first: Undergoing a hair transplant surgery is an incredibly safe procedure. Still, every invasive surgery—no matter how minimal—has potential risks. However, by choosing a professional, high quality hair transplant center and educating yourself, rest assured that your procedure will be both safe and successful.
Hair transplants have been around since their humble beginnings in 1930’s Japan where surgeons performed eyebrow and eyelash grafts on returning Japanese soldiers who had sustained facial injuries during the war.
Over the next 90 or so years, advancements in technology and medical break-throughs made natural-looking hair transplants a reality for millions of men suffering from male pattern baldness.
Brad Pitt. Ron Swanson. David Beckham. These men are the epitome of masculinity, and what do they all have in common? Great facial hair. Even if you rock the clean-shaven look, what guy doesn’t desire growing a lumberjack-worthy beard or mustache once in a while? But if disappointment strikes as every attempt leads to patchy spots and sparse hairs—you’re not alone.
A major change has been made in the world of surgical hair restoration — the popular follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure, is now to be known as a follicular unit excision procedure.
Why the change now, thirty years after its initial introduction? Is it worth it to push this new terminology onto hair transplant specialists and patients alike? According to the experts in the January 2018 issue of FORUM, the official publication of the International Society of Hair Restoration Specialists (ISHRS), the answer is an emphatic and nearly unanimous yes.
Should I Tell People About My Hair Transplant or Keep it Secret?
If you’re considering a transplant procedure, it’s normal to wonder how others might react to your new look. What might friends, family or co-workers say? Would they say anything? Would they notice? What if they notice but don’t say anything for fear of offending you?
In Celebration of National Hair Loss Awareness: Stepping Back Through the History of Hair Transplantation
August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month
August 2017 might be “history,” but at Limmer HTC, it’s never too late to celebrate National Hair Loss Awareness month. This week, we’re stepping back through the history of hair transplantation and restoration. We couldn’t be prouder that our founder, Dr. Bobby L. Limmer (pictured above, center), played a pioneering role in the story of modern hair transplantation techniques.
Taking Action Against Pattern Hair Loss
At the first sign of thinning or after years of dealing with baldness, many men take to the internet to research restoration options.
First, visit your dermatologist (a better option than your PCP for hair loss), to find out if the problem is rooted in genetics or something else. Your next step is a hair restoration specialist.