Hair Transplantation’s History

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People were used to developing baldness for a long time but it was not until the twentieth century when doctors and surgeons started serious attempts to naturally restore hair growth on bald spots.

The history of hair transplant surgery dates back to 1952 Dr. Norman Orentreich did the first hair transplant for male pattern baldness in New York City. The technique has changed a lot ever since.

What is the history of hair transplant surgery? This blog post explains how hair transplant changed during the past decades. Continue reading to know more.

The Early Years – “Plugs”

Dr. Norman, the inventor of the hair transplantation technique, popularized the concept of ‘plugs’ that can be used to regrow hair naturally. He was of the view that healthy hair follicles from the backside of the scalp can be plugged to any other scalp area to regrow at a new place.

Mini-Grafts and Micro-Grafts

During 1984 and after, ‘mini-grafting’ and ‘micro-grafts’ came into play. These small-sized grafts made the whole hair restoration technique quite easy. Here, small-sized hair grafts extracted from the backside of the scalp were used to regrow hair in another area.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation

The world-famous follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method was introduced in 1995 which was cutting-edge at that time. This technique is also known as the ‘strip method’. This technique is still in practice to this day and it involves removing a thin strip of hair from the backside of the scalp.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

The idea of removing individual hair grafts from the scalp was introduced in 2002 and it took the hair transplantation world by storm. Follicular unit extraction hair transplant option went on to become the most popular way of hair restoration around the world.

Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction

The people who want to make hair transplantation more advanced and precise did not stop there. They want to make it more technology-dependent and cutting-edge. So robotic hair restoration was introduced in 2011 and the name of the robot is ARTAS Robot.

The following updates also happened later:

  • Robotic Recipient Site Creation (2013)
  • Long-Hair Robotic FUE (2015)
  • Robotic Graft Selection (2016)
  • ARTAS 9x Hair Transplant System (2017)
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Last Word About Hair Transplantation History

In the end, we can conclude that hair transplantation has become advanced over the past decades. Hair restoration surgeons recommend it to those who want to restore hair growth naturally.

You can also try it if you want to naturally regrow hair on bald areas. You can visit us, call us, or fill our online form to know if you are a good candidate or not.

Feel free to get in touch with us anytime. All the best with your hair regrowth goals.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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