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How Hair Transplant In London Has Improved

Mar 2, 2008
Hair loss can be an anxiety inducing problem. For the most serious cases of hair loss there is an option for the person losing their hair. Hair transplant is offered in clinics in London and all over the UK. The hair transplant industry has improved a great deal over the years. Many of the images of hair transplants are damaging and do not represent a true reflection of the industry. It definitely used to be the case that there were hair transplant practitioners that did not look after their patients well.

They used primitive techniques that were both painful and also result in unnatural looking results. People that opted for the surgery in the past would get dubious results. Many people came out of surgery and the results of the surgery gave them what became known as 'corn row' hair. The replacement hair was replanted in a way that resembled corn rows and did not look natural at all. It left the hair looking like the hair on a dolls head and as a result people that had had this surgery came in for a lot of ridicule. Fortunately the surgery techniques used these days are far more sophisticated and the results, if done by a reputable surgeon, look natural.

The history of hair transplant surgery is, in the grand scheme of things, relatively new. The history dates back to the 19th century where pioneering surgeons grafted flaps of scalp to a bald area of the head. This was mostly used for damaged areas of eyebrows. These surgeons did not really treat baldness as such but rather tried to fix problems that had occurred unnaturally. The World War II prevented these surgeons from making great advancements in their techniques and news of their work did not spread quickly and as a result hair transplant did not advance as quickly as perhaps it could have if the War had not taken place.

As a result the majority of changes and developments have taken place since the war and as a result it can be seen to be a very young branch of surgery. This is why we still have people walking around with bad examples of hair restoration. Fortunately techniques are constantly improving and the techniques in use now have excellent end results.

New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich is said to be one of the first surgeons to use hair transplant surgery as a technique for helping people with male pattern baldness. He began experimenting with free donor grafts to balding areas of the head in the late 1950s. Before he tried this type of surgery people had thought that replanting hair elsewhere would diminish the strength of and the ability of the hair to grow. He found that hair that had been replanted grew just as well as if it had been grown in the normal way. This knowledge lead the way for the development of techniques that has since made hair transplant surgery very successful.

The knowledge that donor hairs grow just as well as if they were left in their initial location is at the core of the present hair transplant industry. Surgeons have spent the following twenty years developing the techniques that make the most of this knowledge. A Brazilian surgeon called Uebel developed the concept of using multiple small grafts and placing them strategically on areas of the head that were thin of hair. An American surgeon extrapolated this idea to create thousands of small grafts and spread these to look more natural over the head. Nowadays surgeons can pull out follicles in groups of four which makes the end result look natural.
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Shaun Parker has researched the various types of hair loss that exist and the hair transplant london techniques available to combat them.
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