Dr. Max Pekarev offers both prescription and surgical options for hair restoration. The latter, hair transplantation, has progressed in sophistication since the technique was introduced. While some surgeons still employ older methods, Dr. Max uses “micrograft” techniques to provide a natural-looking, lush appearance. Learn more about the process below.
What is Micrograft and Why Use It in Hair Restoration?
Most hair transplantation procedures use a two-step process. First, the surgeon removes living hair follicles from one part of the head. Then, he moves them to the areas of need.
If you have seen a bad hair transplant, it likely appeared like tightly-grouped rows of hairs aligned in an unnaturally looking way. Over time, plastic surgeons have found that the larger the number of follicles grouped together in a transplant, the more likely that hair will appear as rows instead of a natural part of the hair style.
The “micrograft” approach is a meticulous way of transferring these follicles. About 90% of the time, Dr. Max groups only one to three follicles together for a transplant (10% of the time, he groups around four follicles.) He repeats this process until he achieves the goals that he and the patient have discussed.
Compare this to the earlier methods that some surgeons still use (10, 20, or even 30 follicles in a group) or even higher-end approaches other surgeons use (five or more follicles.) In this case, attention to detail and the time that your surgeon invests can make all of the difference.
If It Produces Better Results, Why Doesn’t Every Surgeon Use Micrografting This Way?
Imagine the size of a single hair follicle that a surgeon must move in a hair restoration procedure. Many hairs must be transplanted in order to fill in thinning or bald areas of the scalp. The amount of hair loss that a person has—from slight to significant—can also impact the number of follicles a person needs transplanted.
So, the more hairs that a surgeon moves at once, the more quickly he or she can complete the procedure. For many surgeons, the goal is to finish as many procedures as possible and to generate as many fees as possible. Speed over quality is an unfortunate reality in any industry.
To Dr. Max, investing the time in your hair restoration is more important than moving from one procedure to the next as quickly as he can. His goal is to create the most attractive and natural results possible because he understands that an unnatural-looking transplant is no solution for his patients. He takes the same care in every procedure, from a facelift to an eye surgery to a mommy makeover. We invite you to experience his work for yourself.
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