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The history of hair transplantation


The history of hair transplantationBack in the early 1930's when the world was just starting to blow itself to bits, a Japanese dermatologist, Dr. Okuda successfully harvested hair grafts and transplanted them to other parts of the body. Almost 13 years later, Dr. Tamura from Imperial Japan as well, was the first to practice using small grafts or micro grafts involving 1-5 hairs to restore hair in the female's pubic region. However, due to the war, most of the research documentations and methods of their research were sadly lost. During the roaring 50s when the war was over and the economy reviving, much more attention was paid to technology and medical science. Hair transplant was then rediscovered by Dr. Norman Orentreich from New York. He was the one that created and coined the so called term 'Donor Dominance'. He observed that transplanted hair from the side and the back region of the head to the front part were not affected by Pattern Baldness. That soon led to the discovery of DHT as the main cause of genetic hair loss. In the 60s through 70s, this procedure started to boom as a recognizable medical industry. Hair surgeons started to perform transplant using 4mm grafts, comparable to pencil erasers. This large grafting method made the patient's head looked like artificial plugs which was also famously known back then as 'doll plugs'. However during that time, where there were no Propecia and Minoxidil, there weren't many alternatives and people were more than content to accept this mediocre replacement for hair lo The booming 80s, hair surgeons were more versed with transplant techniques began using newer and more efficient grafting methods. The newly invented mini-grafting that used smaller grafts by cutting strips from the donor tissues was introduced. As available research and technology advanced further, surgeons began using micro-grafts which remove 1-2 hair follicles at a time to make the transplant more natural. This was the start of mini-micro grafting, where larger grafts we used for a broader balding area and micro grafts were inserted in between to make the hair more natural and dense. This technique slowly became the industry's standard as the most optimum and productive method for the next 20 years. Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT in short, has slowly started to enter into the hair restoration scene. With the invention of stereo microscopes, hair surgeons can now locate individual follicular groups and remove them without damaging the hair tissues and follicles itself. This process dramatically improves the overall and natural look of the patient. By the year 2000, FUT became the most popular hair transplant method and is considered the most natural hair restoration technique to date. With the right skills and dexterity, the hair transplant surgeon can perform an almost undetectable transplant and you can go straight back to work the same day!


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