Question:I am a white male experiencing a typical pattern of balding. I’d like to get this fixed. What procedures are available for me?Answer:
Balding is a natural occurrence where a man’s hair begins to thin as a result of an increasing amount of a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT, which is one of the end products of testosterone metabolism. Typically for males of all ethnicities the hair at the top and upper back of the head thins and recedes in different patterns based on an individual’s genetics, although the hair on the sides and back of the head and neck are never affected in this manner. Here at the Foundation for Hair Restoration we are well-acquainted with both the process of balding and how to restore receding hairlines. A diagnosis for an individualized treatment plan follows after a consultation with Dr. Epstein, accompanied by a Patient Advisor who is assigned to you, to determine the optimum treatment plan, depending if the patient has only a receding hairline or is fully bald, the age, the expectations and goals, and more. The surgical procedures available are both permanent and highly successful in restoring a more youthful appearance, especially as they have become more refined and commonplace over the years. There are two possible procedures for a patient to consider, Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) and Follicular Unit Extraction FUE). To explain them simply, FUG requires that follicular units are excised microscopically from a single a donor strip taken from the back of the head, while FUE utilizes a tin punch to remove each and every follicular unit. Dr. Epstein and his staff will assist the patient in deciding which option is the better course of action to yield the desired outcome.