What an exciting time it is in the fight against hair loss! When I started HLF in 2002, I thought that by now, we would have largely solved the problem for the majority of people suffering from various forms of hair loss, but especially in the case of hereditary male pattern or female pattern hair loss.
For decades now, there has been talk of hair cloning, or more potent medicinal solutions. But it turns out that these have been elusive.
While eventually we will likely see some form of hair cloning and better meds, these are still seemingly far off. But where there has been progress, and significant progress, has been in the area of hair restoration surgery and hair restoration.
For decades the prevailing and preferred method of extraction of hair for transplantation has been strip excision, whereby a qualified and highly skilled physician would cut a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back or sides of a patient’s scalp — from what is called the donor zone, where the hair is immune or highly resistant to hair loss — and then dissect this strip of skin into follicular units of 1 or more hairs, that would then be transplanted to the areas of the scalp that needed it.
This method, when employed correctly and skillfully, can produce cosmetically great results. However, the area of the scalp from which the strip of hair bearing-skin was extracted would be left with (if done well) a thin scar — one that would be visible if the person were to either shave or cut the hair short enough in the back or sides of their scalp.
But things have changed considerably in the past about half a decade or so. There is a better option available for extracting of hairs for transplantation. This option is called Follicular Unit Extraction, and completely eliminates the scar from the strip excision method of extracting the hair needed for transplantation.
I have been looking into this new and exciting option for hair restoration. As with any form of surgery, there are risks — significant ones to boot. One of the biggest risks comes from unscrupulous practitioners out to make a quick buck from vulnerable and desperate hair loss sufferers. I can’t stress enough how important it is that if you are considering FUE-based hair restoration surgery (or any form of hair restoration surgery for that matter) that you do extensive research and make sure you know all of the risks involved so you can be well-equipped to ask the right questions when you pick the right surgeon to perform the procedure for you.
I recently took the time to meet with and interview one of the top practitioners of the FUE method, Dr. Baubac of the Alvi Armani Clinic, based in Beverly Hills, and I am excited to announce that we will be sharing this interview in full here at HairLossFight.com.
I promise you you will learn a lot about the exciting developments in the field of hair restoration and in fighting hair loss.
Dr. Baubac and I discuss FUE in a fair degree of detail, the pros and cons, and the risks involved.
Stay tuned! We will be posting this interview in November.
This will be the first in what we hope will be a series of useful, educational content for you to help you in your hair loss fight.