Hair implants have been the preferred method of treating male pattern baldness for years. In fact this procedure was first used in the US in the mid-1950’s. At that time the results were less than satisfactory due to the fact that micro-surgical techniques had not been perfected. Results advances in hair follicular manipulation has resulted in the current direct hair implantation method.
Originally, when the hair implant procedure was performed, actually strips or plugs of scalp with growing hair were cut from one area of the scalp and then implanted into the balding spot. This resulted in incision which needed to be sutured closed at both the donation site, usually the back of the head, and the balding area. This hair did take root and grow but the surgeon had very little ability to control the directional growth and thus the patient generally ended up with tufts of hair sticking out every which way. More than once this was described as looking like the poor guy had stuck his finger in a light socket.
It was apparent the better control of the implants was needed along with a way to remove the hair follicular units without actually cutting the skin of the scalp. Years of testing and practice has led to the new direct method. When a surgeon employs these techniques, he or she uses a specially designed medical tool which can remove the individual follicles with their associated hair shaft and support structures with out any disruption to the skin. This tool is then used to implant each unit into the scalp at the area with thin hair. This allows the surgeon to place the hairs in any direction needed to match the growth of the existing surrounding hair.
This new direct hair implantation method gives much better results and also makes the hair implant procedure less invasive. There is no longer any need for incisions and sutures as all the work is done with the new, patented medical tool.