ATnT Plastic Surgery Mar-Apr 2011: Hair Restoration

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Plastic Surgery Department

Hair Restoration Surgery


By Robert T. Leonard, Jr., D.O., F.A.A.C.S.,
Contributing Editor & Advisor

This year marks my twenty-fifth year in the field of hair restoration surgery. During these years, like in no other time in history, my specialty evolved as far as surgical technique and medical therapeutics for those seeking our services. I shall chronicle these revolutionary improvements in this article.

Male pattern baldness affects more than fifty million men in the United States and female pattern hair loss more than thirty million women. Each of these conditions is progressive, so it is extremely important to include stabilization of continued hair loss if you are going to surgically correct the problem. Long gone are those plugs. However, especially in patients over 45 or 50 years of age, this archaic technique often is in the forefront of one’s mind as to what hair transplantation is today - WRONG!

Unlike most surgical procedures during the last 25 years, the actual technique of hair restoration surgery has changed dramatically. As has been similar to the tremendous miniaturization of computers from room-sized machines to tiny handheld ones today, the same occurred in hair transplantation surgery.

In 1959 Dr. Norman Orentreich proved the theory of donor dominance; thus, proving longevity of transplanted hairs, transplanted hairs will maintain their genetic integrity to grow where they are moved. These large hair-bearing “plugs,” ranging from 4 to 6mm in diameter, were transplanted into round holes in areas of the scalp that were thin or bald—and they grew! Initially, these round grafts were harvested individually, with normal tissue left between them. The resulting surgical defects in the donor area would then heal by secondary intention. A big problem with this…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Leonard

About Dr. Leonard
With more than 25 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and as a past president of ISHRS, Dr. Robert Leonard serves as New England’s foremost authority on hair restoration, providing an honest, realistic medical evaluation of each individual patient’s hair loss problem.

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