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Hair it is!


Yesterday, I went to a hair restoration seminar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, to check out a rather new device for hair loss. I was surprised to learn that there are over 100,000 hair restoration surgeries a year in the United States. The most common way to restore hair is for the surgeon to take hair follicles from the back of the head and replant them in balding areas. Usually, in 1 to 2 sessions, the restoration process is complete, with an average number of 1,700 grafts. That may seem like a lot, but consider that a single square centimeter typically harbors 100 grafts in the normal scalp! Strip grafting (the harvest of skin containing grafts) leads to a scar which can sometimes be bothersome with short hair. One way to avoid this scar is to have your procedure performed with a NeoGraft machine which harvestrs follicles individually, obviating the need for strip grafting. The advantage is clear: No scar. The disadvantage? You guessed it, price. Typically, the price can be up to twice the amount ofr traditional strip grafting because it takes longer, and the machine costs a wopping 80,000 dollars! Scars from strip grafting can be revised in the office in 6 months if need be. Both techniques are excellent ways to restore that head of hair you have been missing. Druigs such as Rogaine and Propecia have limited potency in the restoration process, and once the follicle is dead, the only really good way to restore hair is through surgery.

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