The History of Hair Transplant Surgery

The History of Hair Transplant Surgery

The hair transplant surgery started in 1939 in Japan with a dermatologist, Dr. Okuda, who succeeded to develop a process of hair restoring in the injured and burnt areas of the scalp. The punch technique that he used included removing small parts of hair-bearing skin and implanting these into relatively smaller holes in the damaged skin areas. After the recovery of these grafts, the skin at issue was able to produce hair in the same area again.

A couple years later, another Japanese dermatologist, Dr. Tamura, developed Okuda’s technique and succeeded to minimize the size of the grafts, almost to one to three hairs each. He preferably worked on restoring the hair in the pubic areas of women. His surgery technique is nearly the same as the one that is being performed today.

The first hair transplant in the United States was accomplished by Dr. Norman Orentreich during the early 1950s for a man with male pattern baldness. Orentreich followed Okuda’s technique, yet the result was not as natural looking and attractive as expected, which was why his procedure came under much criticism. However, his procedure proved to be successful in preventing hair loss on the back and sides of the scalp.

By the 1960s, the hair transplant became more demanded in cosmedic fields. However, because past procedures underwent great misjudgment and negative reputation out of unattractive and unnatural appearances, the concept of hair transplant struggles to clear its name even today. As a matter of fact, it took more than a couple decades for hair plant surgeons but they did develop noteworthy improvements to these initial techniques.

In the 1990s, a new follicular unit transplantation technique was presented and affected the hair transplant area for good. Eventually, the old stains could be displaced and hair restoration could become practicable opportunity for those who suffer from hair loss.

Today, the studies on improving the hair transplant techniques are still carried out by surgeons. The techniques that we have today generate spectacular results and are embraced by hair loss sufferers more and more every day. 

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