How Does Hair Transplantation Work?

This is a basic essay on how current hair transplantation functions, as well as a brief history of hair regeneration to see how far we’ve come. Many of my patients are simply unsure about how a hair transplant functions and what they would need to do to sustain their results over time as they come to see me. You may want to check out hair transplant for more.
Let us start from the beginning. Okuda and Tamura in Japan discovered in 1939 and 1942 that hair transplanted from the back of the head to mimic pubic hair loss can live and develop. This method of transplantation proved to be a significant step in understanding that hairs transplanted from one part of the body to another would flourish and endure because of public bathing habits in Japan and a disorder in young Asian women who suffered from pubic hair loss. We didn’t realise until the 1950s, thanks to renowned New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich, that hairs transferred from the back of the head to the front of the head where there is baldness will not be lost over time like the initial hairs. He coined the term “donor superiority” to describe how hairs transferred from the back of the head to a region of hereditary vulnerability to hair loss will maintain the donor hair’s characteristics and not fall out over time. This was the game-changing breakthrough we wanted to ensure that the outcomes would last after being transplanted into an environment prone to hair loss.
If you’re wondering why hairs in the back of the head are resistant to hair loss, consider this. It is something only God does. It is, nonetheless, the case. Consider the baldest guy you meet (who has not shaved off the hair on the back of his head). He also has a tuft of hair behind his ear. Even the baldest guy has a horseshoe of hair in the back of his head that he keeps. The only trick of doing a hair transplant is determining which areas are “healthy” for transplantation, i.e. which areas would not be lost when the individual ages. One of the main reasons that transplanting a 20-year-old person may be difficult is because of this. Simply put, we have no idea how much hair in the back of the head would not fall out with time. Furthermore, when more hairs (that were not transplanted) fall out when one ages, we may literally run out of donor hair to transplant the front of the head to sustain a natural outcome.
This is one of the most important characteristics that distinguishes an accomplished hair transplant surgeon from a beginner. Knowing how to operate on (i.e., who is healthy and who isn’t) is a must for conducting safe hair transplant surgery. Because of the laws of supply and demand, anyone with a high donor hair density, or a lot of hair follicles per square centimetre in the donor region, will also cover a significant amount of baldness spontaneously and impressively. Provided a person’s degree of hair loss and available donor hair supply, a surgeon’s wise use of grafts in a good template distribution with good angulation can help ensure that the outcome is both normal and thick.
Another query that is often asked is: “Would the hair transplanted match the rest of the hair on my head that wasn’t transplanted? Can I cut it the same way I cut the rest of my hair?” The response is a resounding affirmative. I go on to illustrate that a hair transplant is actually transferring hair from one side of the head to the other, similar to moving a flower from one pot to another. It would flourish in its current surroundings, much as it did in its former one. About the fact that the amount of hairs transplanted would not necessarily match the number of hairs removed, the surgeon’s technique can cause 5,000 transplanted hairs (a standard large session) seem to be 50,000 hairs lost (the beginning of hair loss to the point that baldness is becoming apparent.)