Did you know that hair transplants were first instituted by a dermatologist?

While it is a specialty that can be learned by many differing types of physicians such as a general surgeon or your family doctor, dermatologists specialize in the hair and skin having years of focused training on aesthetics. Dermatologists spend years training in the natural beauty of hair and skin.

Now, hair transplants are relatively new in the world of medicine with the first hair transplant done by a Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Otrentreich, in the 1950s in New York. Also, Dr. Unger, who trained with Dr. Otrentreich, characterized the safe zone technique for harvesting hair graft implants soon after. This advancement lead to dramatically improved long term lasting results for restorations.

And it does not stop with there.

From that point on the advances continued. The FUT and FUE techniques were born by other Board Certified Dermatologists, such as:

-Dr. Norwood who created the Norwood scale of men’s hair loss.
-Dr. L. Lee Bosley is the founder of the micrograft process.
-Dr. Limmer introduced the stereo microscope for cutting micro-grafts out of a
strip surgery harve.
-Dr. Inaba who first introduced the follicular unit extraction that was made popular
by fellow dermatologists Dr. Woods and Dr. Bernstein.

As decades go by and modern medicine continues to develop and transform the world around us, exponential advances have and are still being made to restoring men’s thinning hair. Of course other specialties, such as plastic surgery, have also played important roles in transforming hair transplants. New technological advances have helped FUE became more prominent as the introduction of computer guided technology surpassed prior techniques and technology.

Now even all Houston transplant patients have easy access to hair transplant research and knowledge. Maybe for next time, ask your hair physician what their exact degree and some background on their training just so that you can truly understand the history and facts when choosing the right hair surgeon for you.

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