I’d by no means inform you that you just want a hair transplant. It’s completely as much as you, and there are many guys who make dropping their hair look nice. Take Charles Dance or Corey Stoll or Stanley Tucci. I imply…Dwayne Johnson! However I digress. We’re speaking about transplants. About which there’s an enormous false impression: That the outcomes by no means look good—that the bare eye can at all times inform if hair has been transplanted. Or, that the scar it leaves within the again appears actually unhealthy. That it is simply plugs that can make you appear like a Chia Pet.
In truth, hair transplants really look good nowadays. Alarmingly so. It’s as if continued analysis and technological developments have yielded progressively higher outcomes—loopy, proper? Gone are the ‘plugs’ individuals received within the ‘90s, in addition to the horizontal scar that transplant recipients acquired within the early aughts and teenagers. For extra, GQ spoke with two trusted hair transplant consultants: Dr. Serkan Aygin, a hair transplant physician in Istanbul, Turkey, and Dr. Andrew Kwak, a beauty surgeon who works in Bryn Mawr, PA and Wilmington, DE.
Here is how know-how modified, and all the pieces it’s essential know in the event you’re contemplating one.
Earlier than Getting a Transplant…
If you’re serious about a hair transplant however your most intense hair loss occurred within the final two or three years, then you definately would possibly first contemplate different methods of hair restoration—issues like finasteride, minoxidil, and plasma remedies. (These are stuff you’ll have to closely contemplate after a hair transplant anyway, with a view to protect the hair you’ve got received left.) Should you give your self a 12 months or extra with these different strategies, you’ll have a fuller image of the lively follicles atop your head, and gained’t require as a lot transplantation—if in any respect.
So, discuss to your board-certified dermatologist about it, in addition to the potential dangers—significantly the potential sexual unintended effects of finasteride. It’s also possible to do that simply by enrolling with at-home subscriptions like Hims, Keeps, and Roman, all of which have on-call medical doctors who assess and prescribe these options.
The Implant Know-how is Extra Exact Than Ever
The most important development in the previous few years is the precision of the instruments used within the transplants. Transplants nowadays largely depend on the FUE Methodology (the Follicular Unit Extraction) technique, which makes use of a pen-like software to extract after which implant every follicle. This may be accomplished one by one, straight from the again of the scalp, in a uniform, unfold out method (versus a plug, or grafting a strip of pores and skin from the again of the top, which beforehand left a scar). Every particular person graft is then studied underneath a microscope and sorted primarily based on the variety of hairs rising from it (between 1-4). These are sorted in order that, as soon as implanted with the FUE pen, then are unfold simply as uniformly throughout the recipient space atop the top (in any other case you would possibly find yourself with a bunch of follicles which have 4 hairs on one facet, and a bunch with one hair on the opposite).
Dr. Aygin says an enormous leap has come from bettering the straightforward information of angles and density: “Within the hair-plug durations of the 80s and 90s, numerous hair shafts have been extracted from the donor space and implanted with gaps in between, and the angle was too straight. So transplanted hair regarded faux.”
Right this moment, it’s how the hairs are transplanted is the place the magic occurs: Dr. Kwak likens it to utilizing a paintbrush: “You’ll be able to think about asking an artist to color a panorama and solely giving him a big paintbrush: You’ll be able to paint one thing, however it is going to look heavy handed and cartoonish. The big hair plugs of prior years have been simply recognizable due to their measurement, and distinction in sample from pure hair. Right this moment’s FUE micro grafts are extraordinarily small and might be harvested and transplanted with micro accuracy.” Some practices, like his, even use machine studying to nail that not-quite-perfect precision (and at a price no human can match). That is additionally why, underneath human palms, you’ll have as many as 5 surgeons and assistants working collectively to extract, kind, and implant hairs, to expedite the method as they fastidiously implant one graft at a time.