In the United States, an estimated 56 million men and women are currently experiencing some degree of hair loss. While many find relief through various non-surgical hair restoration options, a large number try to improve their appearance through hair transplantation surgery. However, not all hair transplants are equal, and some patients find that the results they achieve are woefully inadequate. At the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we have fortunately had the opportunity to correct many of these botched hair transplants with hair transplant revision surgery. In our experience, we have found that poor results from hair transplantation are best avoided through a combination of experience and expertise.
It is often difficult to achieve long-lasting, natural-looking results from hair restoration surgery because hair loss is progressive, so the pattern of hair on the scalp can change dramatically over time. In order to achieve the best effect, a surgeon needs to take into consideration not only how the hair looks now, but how it will look ten or even twenty years from now. Inexperienced doctors may fill in the receding frontal hairline with follicular grafts, only to have the hair behind the grafts recede further, leaving an unsightly ridge of hair along the front of the forehead. They may establish a low hairline that looks good on an 18-year-old, but which looks completely unnatural on a man in his 50’s. At The Griffin Center, we have been performing hair restoration surgery for nearly 40 years, and have been there to assist patients years and even decades after their initial hair transplant procedure. That level of experience gives us a perspective that few other practices can match.
The majority of mistakes made during surgical hair restoration procedures result from a lack of technical expertise. Coverage can often be incomplete when a large number of grafts are lost due to poor graft preparation, the results can appear unnatural when the grafts are not angled properly, and unsightly scars can be left behind when donor site closure is poorly handled. Our highly-skilled hair transplant technicians carefully dissect each follicular unit under a sophisticated binocular microscope in a meticulous procedure that allows them to preserve a greater percentage of viable grafts. Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis personally angle the incisions for each follicular unit, using instruments custom designed for that purpose and taking care to ensure the grafts are not too crowded to over-tax the available blood supply in order to yield a higher survival rate. Finally, we also use a special type of closure that allows the hairs to grow through the scar line, making the already small scar even less visible. It is this expert attention to even the tiniest details that allows us to consistently achieve optimal hair transplantation results.
If you would like to know more about your individual hair loss or what form of treatment or procedure might be best for you, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule an appointment for a consultation at (404) 256-4369. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or ask questions about hair restoration and research.