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Four Types of Hair Restoration

Did you know that more than 80 million American men and women struggle with thinning hair and hair loss every day? That’s approximately 60% of adult men and more than 50% of adult women

If you’re among the millions of people facing hair loss, you may be wondering if hair restoration is right for you. At Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers in Hauppauge, New York, we’re committed to providing high-quality hair restorations for men and women. 

Board-certified surgeons David A. Mayer, MD, and Robert Pollina, MD, FACS, along with Maria Rivera, RN, and the rest of our care team also believe in empowering patients through education. We’ve assembled this informative article outlining the four types of hair restoration procedures to help you understand which options may work best for you.

What is hair restoration?

Hair restoration, sometimes called hair transplant surgery, restores hair to the areas on your scalp that are bald or thinning. Hair restoration can also be used to correct hair loss of the eyebrows and face.

There are different types of hair restoration procedures. Your provider at Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers will help determine which option is best for your hair loss and goals. Depending on the root cause of your hair loss and your cosmetic goals, we may recommend a combination of treatments. 

What are the four main hair restoration procedures?

When it comes to replacing lost hair, there are four main methods of hair restoration.

Hair transplantation

During this procedure, your provider takes hair follicles from areas of your scalp that still grow hair — usually from the back or sides of your head — and  places them in areas that are bald or thinning.

Flap surgery

This method is most often used to cover large balding areas on the scalp. During the procedure, your provider removes the skin of a bald area of the scalp. Then an area of hair-bearing skin — called the flap — is removed and placed on the bald area. The flap is still attached at one end, so it will continue to receive its blood supply.

Tissue expansion

During tissue expansion surgery, your provider places a special device under an area of your scalp that still has hair and is next to a bald area. The device, called a tissue expander, causes the hair-bearing portion of your scalp to expand over time. Once the area has grown enough, the extra is used to cover the bald area next to it.  

Scalp reduction surgery 

With this surgery, an area of skin that is bald — usually the top or back of the head — is removed. Then, skin-growing areas are pulled into the space that had been bald.

At Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers, our team uses the ARTAS iX™ robotic hair restoration system to complete hair transplants. This cutting-edge technology uses real-time 3-D analysis to plan and perform the procedures to ensure optimal results. 

Am I a candidate for hair restoration?

The best way to learn if you’re a candidate for hair restoration is by consulting with one of the hair experts at Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers. Our team will evaluate your hair loss and recommend a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs. 

There are some requirements each patient must meet in order to undergo hair restoration. If you are completely bald with no areas of hair-bearing scalp, you’re not a candidate. You need some hair to serve as donor areas for the procedures. 

Additionally, candidates must have realistic expectations. Hair restoration procedures do not cause new hair growth, and they may not be the best solution for everyone. Other types of hair treatments are available, and your provider will work with you to determine the best option for your goals. 

To learn more about hair restoration and what type of treatment may help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers today.

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