Hereditary hair loss can be a distressing condition for men and women. However, a variety of treatments can be used to treat hair loss.
Many new techniques are available including micrografts, minigrafts, linear grafts, and scalp reduction. Dr. Hanke relies on the latest techniques in follicular grafting and linear grafting to achieve natural-looking results that are pleasing to his patients.
Dr. Hanke has trained extensively in hair transplantation during residency and fellowship and uses only the most effective techniques.
The hair transplantation process was developed by a dermatologist in New York in 1959, and has undergone many refinements since then. Most hair transplants are performed on men and women with hereditary baldness. The best candidate is a male who has reached his hair loss plateau and has good, dense hair remaining at the back and sides of the head. Some women can also be good candidates for hair transplatation. Women tend to thin diffusely over the entire scalp rather than in a particular pattern. All patients are carefully evaluated to determine the most appropriate treatment. The goal of hair transplantation is to create a natural-appearing hairline with coverage of bald or thin areas.
Hair transplantation involves removing hair follicles from one area of the scalp, and transplanting them to a thinning or balding area of the scalp. Hair follicles are taken from the sides and back of the scalp because these areas are insensitive to the hormones responsible for hair loss.
Following surgery, a gauze dressing keeps the newly transplanted grafts in position. This dressing is usually removed the next day. Stitches will be removed from the donor site in seven days. Most patients are back to work with light activity within three to seven days. Several hair transplant sessions are performed at 5-6 month intervals. Most patients tolerate the procedure painlessly under tumescent local anesthesia.