The Evolution of Hair Restoration

Hair loss is a concern for more than 80 million men and women in the United States. Whether you’re dealing with a receding hairline, balding, or general hair thinning, there’s no doubt that your hair loss is affecting your confidence and self-esteem. However, you may not be fully aware of the treatment options you have for restoring your hair. 

At Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers in Hauppauge, New York, our hair restoration and transplant specialists, Dr. David Mayer and Dr. Robert Pollina want to share the history and evolution of hair restoration and how robotic hair restoration has transformed the industry. 

Lotions and potions

Treatments for hair loss date back as far as 1550 B,C., where Egyptians used a concoction consisting of iron, lead, onions, honey, alabaster, and animal fat to treat baldness. Though ingredients changed, these types of lotions and potions were recommended for centuries. 

It wasn’t until the late 1980s that researchers finally developed a lotion that actually helped improve hair loss. 

Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication recommended for the treatment of baldness in men and women. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can take up to six months of regular application of the lotion or foam until you see improvements, and continued use is needed to maintain the results. 

Shortly after minoxidil hit the shelves, the FDA approved finasteride, which is an oral medication prescribed for the treatment of male-pattern baldness. 

Surgical hair transplants

Surgical hair transplants have gone through their own evolution since popularized in the 1950s by a dermatologist in New York. However, modern-day hair transplant surgeries are rooted in techniques first described in the late 1930s by a dermatologist in Japan treating burn-related hair loss, according to the American Hair Loss Association

This dermatologist used a punch technique to collect hair-bearing skin and then transplanted the skin and follicles into holes created in the scar tissue on the scalp. The surgical hair transplant technique was further refined in the 1940s by another Japanese dermatologist who collected and transplanted only a few hairs at a time.  

Unfortunately, the surgical hair transplant procedure developed in the 1950s didn’t always produce desirable results, and it wasn’t until the 1990s that doctors started using the follicular unit transplant procedure initially described by the Japanese dermatologist in the 1940s. 

Advanced robotic hair restoration

Surgical hair transplants have improved over the years, but if you’re looking to get the best, most natural results, then advanced robotic hair restoration is your best bet. At our hair restoration center, we use the ARTAS iX™ robotic hair restoration system. 

This advanced hair restoration tool uses state-of-the-art surgical robotic technology and artificial intelligence to find the best hair follicles to harvest and where to place them. You get the most natural look using minimally invasive surgical techniques. 

Our advanced robotic hair restoration is virtually pain-free and provides permanent results without leaving behind any surgical scars. 

We offer advanced robotic hair restoration to treat both men and women struggling with hair loss. To schedule a consultation to discuss your hair restoration options, contact us today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online




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