The most common cause of hair loss is inheritance. Men and Women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. Currently there is no known method of stopping this type of hair loss. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, Malnutrition, or Vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. When applied incorrectly, permanent hair color and chemical relaxers damage the hair and follicle to the extent that hair loss can be permanent. Causes of hair loss do not include wearing a hat, excessive shampooing, lack of blood flow, or clogged pores.
The most common types of hair loss treatment options include Hair Transplantation, Hair Systems (Toupees), Topical Solutions such as Rogaine (or Monoxidil), Medications such as Propecia, and Laser Hair Therapy, which relies on the use of low level lasers on the scalp. Other than hair transplantation, all other methods can only, at best, stop hair loss from continuing. None has been known to significantly regrow hair or create a new hairline. Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution to hair loss.
With hair transplantation, hair is moved from one area of the body (usually referred to as the “Donor Area”) and transferred to the thinning or balding area (“Recipient Site”). The transferred tissue is not “Rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics : Color, Texture, Growth Rate, Curl, etc. after transplantation and growth. Originally, large circular hair grafts containing 15-20 hairs were transplanted resulting in noticeable and unnatural results. This is sometimes referred to as the “Corn Row” method or the “Doll Look.” Techniques have since been developed that achieve natural results by transplanting small follicular units very close together. Also, Nu/Hart physicians never put grafts in rows. Rather, they are staggered and follow your own hair growth pattern. Typically, hair grows from the scalp in groups of one, two, and three hair follicles. These natural follicular units can be placed closer together, resulting in a denser and more natural look. Single follicular units are often used to create a wispy and natural front hairline, whereas multiple follicular units are used to provide greater density in the center of the scalp.