Transplanting Your Own Healthy Follicles

Hair Replacement Washington, D.C.

Man in his thirties looks with interest at camera, small smileIf you are experiencing hair loss, your choices for hair restoration treatment may seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, the majority of hair loss treatments, such as those seen advertised on late-night television, are ineffective. Hair replacement at our Washington, D.C. office is a sophisticated process involving transplants of the patient's own follicles from areas of ample hair growth (usually the back and sides of the scalp) to areas affected by hair loss (usually the front and crown). This advanced treatment is a natural solution that has helped many men and women achieve permanent, satisfying results. Contact us today to learn more.

The Life Cycle of Hair

A human hair consists of two primary parts: the follicle, which resides in the skin, and the shaft, which is visible above the scalp. As it grows, hair cycles through three different phases; anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the active growth cycle of a strand of hair, and the length of this cycle dictates how long a person’s hair can grow. Catagen is a transitional phase of growth that lasts for a few weeks, until the growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks, attaching to the hair root. The result is known as a club hair, which has reached the peak of its growth. Telogen occurs when the hair follicle is completely at rest, and the club hair is completely formed. In time, a new hair will form and push the club hair out of the follicle as it once again reaches its anagen phase.

DHT-Resistant Donor Hair

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a derivative of the hormone testosterone, and can kill susceptible hair follicles. A number of circumstances, mainly genetics, can make a person’s hair follicles extremely sensitive to DHT, which shrinks the follicles until they can no longer grow and sustain strong strands of hair. Fortunately, the hair at the sides and back of the head often remain resistant to DHT, and can be transplanted to areas with little or no hair. If you wait too long, however, there may not be enough donor hair left for a successful hair transplant.

A Delicate and Detailed Process

The process of removing donor hair and placing it in the optimal position is delicate and detailed. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Rassael can ensure that the incisions made to remove donor hair remain well-hidden. Once transplanted, the final result is often indistinguishable from non-transplanted hair. The micro-incisions made during placement of the follicular grafts are carefully planned and placed to mimic the hair’s natural growth pattern. The incisions are so small that they do not need bandages while healing.

Find Out How Hair Replacement Can Help You

Hair loss is a common and disconcerting issue. Fortunately, it is not a condition you have to live with for the rest of your life. Using your own healthy hair follicles, we can help you regrow a full, healthy head of hair, and restore your confidence. To learn more about the benefits of hair transplantation, contact us at our Chevy Chase, Maryland location today. 

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