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Breaking The Negative Stigma Surrounding Hair Transplant Surgery

8/26/2019 1:42:09 PM

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Balding, receding, thinning, and even slap-head are all terms that are thrown freely when referring to someone with androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Why are all these terms socially acceptable and not hair transplant patient? Well, there is a strong belief that men should "man up" and accept their follicular fate. There is this notion that "real men" don't care about their looks, hygiene or manners. 

You know the same outdated perception that expects all men to be sex-craved, misogynistic, beer-drinking neanderthals, who fart without saying excuse me.

  stereotypical man

In this article, we'll be shattering that perception with cold-hard facts!


Hair Doesn't Matter To All, But It Matters To Most!

This idea that every balding man should shave his head and move on is ridiculous. Human beings are complex, and how we deal with things varies from person to person. What is right for one, is not right for all. Now we're not saying shaving your head is a bad thing, for some shaving is the best option. Luckily, thanks to modern medicine, shaving isn't the only option.

Hair transplant surgery has grown leaps and bounds from its early days of transplanting 'hair plugs' in a corn-row fashion. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone performing these types of procedures today. So why does society look down on men for wanting to maintain something they were given at birth? Simple, it's a shame!

Unfortunately, the majority of men do not have the courage to admit that something bothers them. Most men do not want to be perceived as 'weak' for wanting to keep their hair, and for most the embarrassment of doing something is even worse than the hair loss itself.

Changing the Public's Perception Starts With You

The only way we're truly going to change the publics negative perception is if we stop being ashamed. We need to stop this foolish idea that men should not care about their appearance, or that men shouldn't have feelings. This train-of-thought is not only outdated, but it is also downright dangerous. 

Sadly, the public is ill-informed when it comes to hair restoration. Some even think that you can walk in completely bald and walk out with a full head of hair. As a forum moderator and associate publisher, I have had high-profile individuals contact me asking me to remove all of their posts and pictures because they're being blackmailed and shamed.

Would this ever happen to a person who was undergoing bariatric surgery? Or a woman undergoing breast augmentation? No, in fact, I'm fairly certain that there would be some highly-publicized lawsuits and settlements if this were to happen. It starts with a simple admission. Yes, I have had a hair transplant, so what? What is so terribly wrong about that? But I digress. 

How Does Hair Transplant Surgery Work!

Thankfully, modern hair transplantation has evolved into a refined minimally invasive procedure that is undetectable when done right. Surgical hair restoration works by transplanting DHT-resistant hairs from the back and sides of the scalp (donor area) into the balding area. Genetic hair loss is caused by a genetic predisposition to the hormone called DHT.

DHT binds to these genetically vulnerable hair follicles and gradually begins to shrink the hair follicles until they no longer grow. This processed is called thinning. However, the back and sides of the scalp are genetically resistant to DHT, when transplanted these hairs retain their genetic resistance. This is why hair transplantation is successful

There are two harvesting techniques used to remove hairs from the donor area. The first and oldest technique is called Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) or strip.

Strip surgery involves a surgeon removing a strip of hair-bearing tissue from the back of the scalp and dissecting the tissue into follicular unit grafts. This harvesting technique is efficient and provides an excellent yield. However, it creates a linear scar on the back of the scalp. 

The second technique was refined in the early 2000s and is called Follicular Unit Excision (FUE). FUE involves a surgeon removing follicular unit grafts individually one by one with the use of a surgical punch. The surgical punches used today range from 0.7mm to 1mm in circumference. FUE leaves patients with circular micro-scars on the back and sides of the scalp, which are difficult to detect visually.

FUE on average has a slightly lower yield, in comparison to FUSS. However, it has become the most popular harvesting technique because of favorable scarring. That said, both techniques are equally valuable to prospective hair transplant patients

Conclusion

hair transplant results before and after

I was once ashamed and afraid to admit that I desperately wanted my hair back. From the time I was a little boy, to the time I became a young man, society had constantly told me to man up, be a man, stop acting like a girl. At the time, I believed that showing your emotions, meant showing weakness. Now as a matured man, I know that these perceptions are in fact ridiculous.

Women and men are humans, and humans have a wide variety of emotions and feelings. I'm happy to report that today my life has completely changed for the better, because of surgery. So many men and women can benefit from this procedure but are too afraid and ashamed to admit it, and this is the biggest tragedy.


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