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Hair Transplant History

Hair Transplant History

The Rise of Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant History:

In the 1950s

Hair transplant in Turkey has become an interesting and an increasingly famous industry. But, do you know that the world’s first hair transplant happened in 1952? It was performed by Dr Norman Orentreich in New York City. Dr Orentreich’s first few papers on hair transplant were rejected. And, his first landmark study was released in 1959. This study was known as the term “Donor Dominance”. It explains the basic theory behind modern-day hair transplant procedures. According to “Donor Dominance”, transplanted hair shows the same properties of original hair. This means healthy hair will continue to be healthy on the patient’s scalp.

Dr Norman Orentreich.
Unfortunately, the joy of Dr Orentreich’s study didn’t last long. That is because “Donor Dominance” didn’t promise successful cosmetic changes. For many years, the transplants were restricted to 4 mm graft areas. To be precise, the transplants didn’t cross the width of pencil erasers. Larger graft sizes were difficult to achieve. Doctors were unable to generate real-time results. For several years, patients compromised on less optimal hair transplant results. On the other hand, surgeons considered this a lucrative career. Many surgeons were reluctant to push their technologies forward. They didn’t want to accept change.

In the 1970s

Throughout the 1970s, hair transplant procedures involved large grafts. The grafts were also known as “Plugs”. Mini-grafting became famous during the 1980s. As suggested by its name, the procedure involved the use of smaller graft areas. These grafts were carefully cut from the donor tissue. They were not punched directly from the scalp. The use of mini-grafts was introduced in 1984. A few years later, cosmetic surgeons started to use micro-grafts. These graft areas had 1 or 2 hairs. Micro-grafting was used to soften the scalp. For the next two decades, micrografting became famous and useful. This became a well-known form of hair restoration surgery.

In the 1990s

Follicular Unit Transplantation alias (FUT) became famous only during the mid-1990s. This procedure increased the length of each hair transplant session. The technique used similar equipment and didn’t require new skills. However, the technique was completely different. The world’s first FUT was done by Dr Bernstein and Dr Rassman. The surgery was performed in 1995. FUT was able to satisfy the needs of the hair transplant community. Doctors believed that FUT can be improved into a mainstream Hair transplant procedure. Today, SHIFT Hair transplant focuses on FUE. In fact, most hair transplants in Turkey are based on FUE.


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