Dear forum readers and fellow hair transplant doctors,
The art and science of hair restoration has come a long way.
From an era of “reasonable expectations on part of the patient”, after affixing a few score unseemly plugs on his bald scalp, we have reached a stage where hair restoration can acheive natural as well as ambitiously pleasing results.
Some of the trends that are presently manifest, and, will be highlighted even more in future :-
The good trends
Fuller, more complete hair restorations.
We shall see an increasing number of patients completing their journey from a Norwood 6 stage to a cosmetically pleasing Norwood 1.
With the aid of body hair - to - scalp transplants, and facial hair - to - scalp transplants; suitable treatment plans are possible.
Less invasive hair restorations
While strip does retain a place, less invasive fue methods, (I refer to fue as a concept - not the name of any technique in particular), are available.
These methods can extract donor hair without the problems associated with strip surgery. The patients shall retain the option to shave/buzz cut, thus, benefitting from the “less is more” approach.
Instituitionalized training of physicians - More and more doctors in future shall have access to prolonged and proper training before they become independent hair transplant surgeons.
The best training courses will be sought after and these will also be the most scientific and thorough ones.
This will act as a welcome respite to patients who may not be able to travel to the ends of the world for their hair restorations.