Hair has been an important place in our lives since the past. Hair has different meanings for women and men. The more important the hair is for women, the more important it may be for men. However, hair loss and baldness were not only the problem of people living in these times, but also one of the problems experienced by people living in the past. Let’s see how those people find solutions to problems such as hair loss and baldness.
- We come across the first traces of hair transplantation in the 1800s. Dr. Unger and his colleagues performed the first recorded hair transplant in Wurzburg, Germany, in 1822.
- After the 19th century, Dr. Shoji Okuda develops a method for the transplantation of large punch grafts in 1939. Also, dr. Hajime Tamura developed mini-graft surgery in the 1930s and the 1940s.
- In 1951, Dr. James Hamilton introduces a measurement scale for male pattern baldness.
- In 1952, in 1952, Dr. Norman Orentreich was the first to re-discover the technique for punching grafts into recipient sites.
- In the 1970s, the Hamilton-Norwood scale for male pattern baldness. The Hamilton scale, resulting in today’s Hamilton-Norwood Scale for male pattern baldness.
- In the 1970s, Dr. Konstantinos Giotis of Athens found Direct Hair Implantation (DHI), a center for research, treatment, and innovation.
- In 1977, scientists develop a method for the removal of balding areas on the scalp to provide the illusion of naturally thicker hair. Further developments in alopecia reduction surgery were dwarfed by improvements to micro-grafting, such as FUE and the DHI method.
- In 1977, Dr. E. Ludwig develops the first measurement scale for female pattern baldness.
- In 1994, Drs. Bernstein and Rassman develop a method of removing strips of donor scalp to extract smaller follicular units.
- In 1999, The DHI Medical Group unveils the patented DHI Implanter, a revolutionary handheld tool for the precise implantation of follicular units.
- In 2001, the DHI Medical Group develops the FUE method. Follicular Unit Extraction was a major shift away from the standard, gruesome extraction methods. It involved the use of microscopic blades under a millimeter in diameter and resulted in far less visible scarring along with donor areas of the scalp.
- In 2002, DHI’s founder, Dr. Konstantinos Giotis, is the first to abandon the brutal FUT technique in favor of FUE, a less invasive surgical procedure.
- In 2010, DHI unveils the next phase in the evolution of hair restoration surgery.
As a result, we see that human beings have been seeking a solution against baldness and hair loss since the 1800s when the population began to increase. With the development of technology, hair transplantation can be done in more innovative and easy ways. DHI is the latest example of this technology and hair transplant treatment.