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Hair Transplant Procedures Not Just for Men
While an increasing number of men are taking advantage of NeoGraft®, the latest innovation in hair restoration technology, San Diego triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo says many women stand to benefit as well.
"Hair loss is more common for women than many people realize," says Dr. Chaffoo, "and women with thinning hair may have greater motivation to seek treatment.
Whereas men may view hair loss as aesthetically undesirable, in women, hair loss can have a devastating effect on self-esteem."
The American Hair Loss Association says that women comprise about 40 percent of Americans living with hair loss.
Dr. Chaffoo's La Jolla Hair Surgery Center is the only one of its kind in San Diego County - and one of only a handful nationwide - under the direction of a triple board-certified plastic surgeon.
He and his staff specialize in NeoGraft for men and women, but Dr. Chaffoo speculates that he probably sees more female hair restoration clients than other providers. "It's natural for a woman to seek out a plastic surgeon for her aesthetic concerns." However, he encourages both male and female patients to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for their procedures. "Plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform every type of cosmetic surgery including hair replacement surgery," he says.
Dr. Chaffoo's hand-picked team of hair surgery professionals have many years of experience and training in all aspects of hair surgery.
They are involved in the education and training of hair surgery professionals throughout the United States. "We attend national hair surgery meetings, both to learn and to teach. We take pride in remaining at the forefront of the field in hair replacement," Dr. Chaffoo says.
Dr. Chaffoo and his team use a micro follicular unit extraction method assisted by the NeoGraft system. He characterizes this as revolutionary when compared to older approaches to hair transplant. The San Diego surgeon says "Simply put, we are using game-changing technology. I tell patients it's like the invention of endoscopic surgery. The device, combined with our experience and training, produce a shorter and easier recovery without extensive scars."
Instead of the "strip" method of hair transplant, Dr. Chaffoo utilizes an automated follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique that is comfortable, quick, and leaves no donor scars on the back of the head. His San Diego hair replacement clients have no sutures or staples, and no thinning of the hair at the donor site. "We are able to preserve a maximum amount of hair in case the patient wants a future hair surgery."
Additionally, Dr. Chaffoo says that, with the assistance of NeoGraft, he is able to more gently harvest and handle the follicles, resulting in improved graft survival. That means more of the transferred hair will survive and thrive in its new location. This is a benefit for both women and men seeking to restore a fuller head of hair.
"Hair surgery is unique in aesthetic surgery in that the results are permanent," Dr. Chaffoo says. "You may continue to lose existing hairs, but the transplanted hair will continue growing for life. It is a permanent investment in your appearance, and one best entrusted to a board-certified plastic surgeon."