As long as there has been hair loss, there have been men seeking preventive and curative remedies. Dating as far back as the biblical times of Samson and Delilah,, hair loss has troubled men. Without his hair, Samson was powerless, and ultimately the loss of his hair led to his demise.
When Julius Caesar’s hair began thinning, he tried everything he could think of to reverse and hide his condition, from an early version of the comb-over to a mixture of ground mice, horse teeth, and bear grease. At last, Caesar settled on covering his shiny dome with a laurel wreath.
Other remedies attempted throughout the years have included everything from the sautéed leg of a female greyhound in Ancient Egypt to the Xervac helmet-encased vacuum pump introduced during the 1930s. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, few of these remedies were successful in curing baldness. The reality of the matter is there are a limited number of options that have been proven to effectively treat male pattern baldness.
One of these options is hair restoration with transplants. Hair transplants first originated in 1939 when a Japanese dermatologist initiated a procedure for grafting healthy hair from parts of the body onto bald spots. Two decades later, hair transplants were made popular by a New York doctor, although the results typically lacked a natural appearance. Over the years, hair transplants have advanced to give patients a more natural-looking outcome.
A modern-day hair transplant technique known as the “strip” method has been a popular solution for years, but it can leave patients with a conspicuous scar. Because the strip method requires a strip of the scalp be cut from the back of the head, postoperative symptoms often include discomfort or pain, longer recovery time, and visible scarring across the back of the head.
Today, hair transplants have evolved from the traditional strip method to offer even better results. The NeoGraft® method for hair restoration has proven to offer some of the most natural-looking results with minimal discomfort, reduced risk of complication, and no sutures or scarring. NeoGraft is an advanced form of follicular unit extraction (FUE) that works by using an automated air pressure system to gently extract hair follicles from a donor site (usually the back of the head). The healthy hair follicles are then transplanted to balding areas, leaving patients with a full, healthy head of hair.
While the safety and results of historical hair restoration methods may have been questionable, men today are lucky to have an array of qualified physicians to choose from for their hair transplant procedure. The results of hair restoration are best when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as hair transplant specialist Dr. Kent V. Hasen.
Looking back, hair restoration has come a long way since the days of bear grease and greyhound legs. Nowadays, men facing male pattern baldness have a proven solution to restore their youthful locks.