For men and women who want to reverse the effects of hair loss, we offer hair restoration through transplant procedures at our Atlanta practice. Hair transplant is a time-tested method for using your own hair to fill in areas of thinning or baldness. Over time, transplanted hair grows just like existing hair and can be groomed or styled any way you like. If you would like fuller, thicker hair, a hair transplant from our board-certified dermatologists can help you restore your natural hair and regain your self-confidence. The founder of Peachtree Dermatology Associates, Dr. Hiram Sturm, along with the late Dr. Norman Orentreich, discovered the concept and performed the first hair transplants in the western world more than 60 years ago. Richard L. Sturm, M.D., joining his father in 1984, continues teaching and refining the techniques of hair restoration to the present day. Dr. Hiram Sturm retired from practice in 2003, but continues to participate in national and international meetings, enjoying his ongoing role in dermatologic leadership.
To learn more about what hair restoration can do for you, request a consultation with Richard L. Sturm, M.D. of Peachtree Dermatology Associates online. Or give us a call at (404) 355-1919.
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Follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, is sometimes called the "strip method" of hair restoration. Although different hair restoration options have come and gone, FUT has long provided consistently pleasing results, and is appropriate for a wide variety of patients.
FUT works by removing a thin strip of skin from a predetermined donor site – typically the back of the head. From this donor skin, your physician removes healthy follicular units and transplants them to bald areas. After a period of acclimation, this transplanted hair grows normally and blends well with the surrounding hair.
As you might imagine, surgical hair restoration requires a meticulous attention to detail to ensure optimal results. At Peachtree Dermatology Associates, Richard L. Sturm, M.D. has more than 30 years of experience creating natural-looking outcomes for Atlanta men and women.
Today's hair transplant procedure is a relatively comfortable experience thanks to advanced local anesthesia. However, the process can be time consuming. During your consultation, your doctor will evaluate the areas you wish to treat and give you a more specific idea of how long your procedure is likely to take.
Once your scalp is anesthetized, your doctor clips the area of donor hair to a shorter length to make it easier to work with. He then carefully removes a thin, shallow strip of skin that's full of healthy, active follicles. Your doctor places this donor skin in a special solution to keep it alive while he carefully closes the incision with sutures. The team then goes to work removing follicular units, which each contain between 1 and 4 hairs, and transplanting them to bald areas. Our doctors take great care when placing new follicles, ensuring they match the natural wave and growth patterns of your existing hair. This stage of the procedure is usually the most time-consuming, but you'll be able to get up, use the bathroom, and stretch.
Immediately after your hair transplant, the donor incision is bandaged to protect is while it heals. You'll be advised to keep your head elevated as much as possible to minimize swelling. While you'll be physically able to return to your routine activities right away, some patients opt to take a few days off work to avoid going out with a bandaged head. This is largely a personal choice.