Dr. Sanders performs a type of hair transplant called follicular unit extraction (FUE) because it produces the most natural-looking results. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a type of hair transplant done by taking individual hair follicles from your skin and moving them to another part of your body where hair's thinner or absent.
Reasons for Hair Loss
Poor Hair Care Practices
A full head of hair represents attractiveness and desirability to many, both personally and professionally. Hair restoration should be unnoticeable, and look like you were born with a great head of hair that decided to stick around.
Did you know though that approximately 50 million men & roughly 30 million women suffer from male/female pattern baldness or thinning hair? You can rest assured, you're not alone. Many potential patients either don't want a traditional strip method of hair transplant or aren't a candidate for it. Why? It's because of the slow recovery time, the loss of feeling at the incision site, the tiny linear scar on the back of the head and the high level of post-operative pain. This is why we chose not to offer the traditional transplant.
After exhaustive research, Dr. Sanders chose to offer the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. The FUE method of hair transplantation removes individual hair follicles from the scalp in their naturally occurring groupings of about one-four hairs and are then placed in the areas of the scalp where balding has occurred.
Can sport short hair
Minimal post-operative recovery time
Microscopic scars in donor area are almost invisible
No need to visit surgeon again for stitch removal
Can use body hair for added density with this technique only
Can cover preexisting scar of strip surgery with FUE
Advantages of FUE
We have, on average, between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles and we lose about 100 hair follicles a day. 100 doesn't sound like a lot but new hair growth declines as we age.
Norwood Classification for Men
Norwood (NW) classification divides hair loss in men into different types which are assigned to 7 hair loss types (1 thorough 7).
Each category represents hair loss severity and its pattern.
Types, patterns, stages, classification of hair loss are all the synonyms.
Although it clearly visualizes the most common, typical types of hair loss, Norwood classification is an anatomical one per se. It fails to take individual patterns of hair loss and certain mixed and incomplete forms of hair loss into consideration. Sometimes, it also fails to integrate some hair losses and important variables of modern hair restoration surgery.
Hair loss rate in men varies enormously. Male hair loss can begin in puberty and while some men may shed rapidly in their 20’s up to a Type 3 or Type 4, others may have no detectable amount of hair loss until they are in their 50’s, only to advance to a Type 6 or Type 7 in just a few short years. Basically , the scale is used to assess how advanced a man’s hair loss is – the higher the number, the more advanced the loss. If you start to thin or recede early in life, there’s a high probability you’re destined to lose quite a bit of hair.
Ludwig Classification for Woman
Women who suffer from Androgenic Alopecia have a pattern of hair loss called Female Pattern Loss. This loss doesn't occur in the same pattern like men but, appears as a diffuse thinning throughout the scalp. The chart above is designed to classify Female Pattern loss: the Ludwig Scale. There're always exceptions, and in some cases, men can suffer from a diffuse type thinning and women may experience a similar hair loss pattern to men.
Hair loss is a problem that plagues the male gender more frequent but,women aren't immune. Women usually lose 100 to 125 hairs per day and can exhibit noticeable thinning as they mature. Unlike men losing hair, female hair loss may is deemed less socially acceptable.
It's unclear exactly what predisposes a female toward hair loss but a combination of genetics and hormonal factors are clearly at work. Some women are susceptible to hair loss at an early age because of an excess of androgen hormones (and sometimes unrelated to male hormone levels). Other times, hair loss is only more marked during menopause when androgen hormones become proportionately greater with a diminution of estrogen levels.