Surgical hair restoration is a serious matter. If you’re considering surgery as an option to treat your hair loss, first get up to speed on the many different types of procedures being promoted as legitimate options. The hair loss industry can be difficult to navigate. Most products are little more than snake oils and many advertised procedures lead to increased problems rather than true solutions.
Linear or Line Grafts
Linear or line grafts should be avoided. If a doctor recommends the use of these type of grafts, you would be well advised to seek another professional immediately.
The process of creating a linear or line graft starts with the hair transplant surgeon removing a strip of hair from the side or back of your head. Ideally, the strip would then be divided into follicular unit grafts, but in cases where the hair transplant surgeon utilizes linear or line grafts, larger portions of the strip are used. In order to use these “cut to size” grafts , the hair transplant surgeon must surgically create large trench-like recipient sites in the balding areas where hair and tissue is to be replaced.
This almost always results in an unnatural and manufactured appearance. Cosmetically, the final outcome can look unacceptably fake.
Round or Square Grafts
Originally, round or square grafts were the standard in hair transplantation . Now with the advent of much more refined techniques, these large cut to size hair grafts are considered obsolete and will always result in the dreaded “dolls head” appearance that screams hair transplant.
The procedure involves the use of a hole-punch device, which is used to remove 3-5 mm areas (about the size of a pencil eraser) of hair bearing scalp and to create the recipient sites in the balding areas of the head . The shape of the grafts may be either round or square. Either way, they are far too large and do not resemble natural hair growth at all once they are moved and transplanted to the balding area. In addition, these grafts can impede blood supply. This often results in further hair loss in the middle area of each graft.
Many of today’s lazier or less than ethical hair transplant surgeons are doing a slightly refined but still unacceptable procedure utilizing cut to size mini grafts which still give the appearance of a man made and unnatural hairline.
Avoid any hair transplant surgeon or large chain clinic that does not employ the use of microscopes to dissect donor tissue into naturally occurring follicular units.
To learn more about state of the art hair transplantation check out the surgical hair restoration section of The American Hair Loss Association site.
To find qualified hair transplant surgeons in your area contact The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons.