The Evolution of Hair Transplant Technology

12:58 PM Loren Weeks 5 Comments

Hair Transplantation has come a long way since it began in the early 1950s. Thanks to numerous technological advances, what was once fueled by superstition and old wives tales has slowly been replaced with scientific progression. The “corn row” or “doll’s hair” look that was previously associated with hair transplantation has evolved into modern-day follicular unit procedures with robotic assistance and non-surgical alternatives including Laser Hair Therapy and even more recently PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.

In the early 50s, Dr. Norman Orentreich began to experiment with the idea of relocating hair on the back and sides of the head to areas of thinning hair or balding. Dr. Orentreich’s experiments showed that healthy hair that is harvested from the back and sides of the scalp that is transplanted to balding areas of the top of the head will continue to grow as if it were still in its original location. This “Donor Dominance” principle laid the foundation for modern hair transplantation.

During the 60s and 70s, hair transplants grew in popularity. Surgical techniques began to change with the use of large grafts known as “plugs” that were removed by round punches. 

Mini-grafting, the use of small grafts cut from a strip of donor tissue was introduced in 1984. Combinations of mini and micro-grafts created fullness and density and softened the frontal hairline. Procedures that used larger grafts in the center of the patient’s scalp with smaller grafts around them to make their results look more natural were called Mini-Micro Grafting. 

The introduction of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) by Drs. Bernstein and Rassman in 1995 increased the skills required by the surgeon and staff performing the hair transplant.  During Follicular Unit Transplantation, stereo-microscopic graft dissection is used to transplant a patient’s hair in its naturally occurring groups. By the year 2000, FUT was considered the “gold standard” of surgical hair restoration.

Today, some of the leading hair restoration surgeons perform an ultra-refined follicular unit hair transplant procedure, using extremely tiny incisions that allow them to “tightly pack” tiny grafts when it’s necessary. This ultra-refined follicular unit procedure allows patients to achieve their desired density in a given area of their scalp in only one surgical session. PAI Medical Group is proud to offer Multi-Unit Hair Grafting, producing natural appearing results that are age and gender specific.

PAI Medical Group Indiana is also proud to offer the ARTAS Robotic FUE Procedure, a seemingly futuristic, minimally invasive hair transplantation solution that leverages digital imaging and precision robotics to harvest healthy grafts for transplantation. Unlike previous methods, there is no need for the surgical removal of a strip of the scalp, no linear scar left after the procedure and no need for stitches or staples to close the wound. The benefit is a tremendously fast recovery time and the ability to return to normal activities and work sooner.

Though the procedures may have changed over the years, our dedication towards restoring your confidence and ensuring your comfort throughout the hair restoration process has never wavered. At PAIMedical Group Indiana, we’re here to help you. If you are suffering the effects of hair loss and need a solution custom-fit to your needs call PAI Medical Group Indiana at 317.522.2989 to book your FREE consultation today.

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PAI Medical Group has offered the “Gold Standard” in permanent and natural hair restoration and hair transplants for over 30 years.  Only at PAI Medical Group of Indiana will you find our trademarked procedure Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ and the newest technology in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), The ARTAS® Robotic System, a breakthrough in Robotic Hair Transplantation. We offer FREE private evaluations, as well as online and virtual consultations. We can review the costs, low monthly payments and financing. Many of our highly trained and educated hair restoration professionals have been through hair restoration themselves. They will help determine the best treatment plan for your type of hair loss and answer all of your questions. Call today at 1-888-PAI-5129 or visit to book a FREE PRIVATE EVALUATION.  Our office is located at 3500 DePauw Blvd, Suite 3090, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Permanent Natural Results are a phone call or click away.

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