Today we take a look at what's not there and how to get something there. We look at the bald pate, and we visualise a full pate ...of hair. We talk to Dr Horace Macvaugh III, a triple Board-Certified surgeon, who is more than capable of fitting anyone minus the strands with a whole bunch of them, ...

By Sushil Kutty

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Published: Sat 28 Feb 2004, 2:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:37 AM

evenly spread and enough to run a finger through them, all four fingers and the thumb.

Dr Macvaugh does the follicle unit technique to get you that growth of hair. Not all the bald are eligible though most are. There should be hair in the donor area - the hair capital, as some hair transplant people call it. This is hair found at the back of the head, around the ears.

"Very small grafts are taken from the donor area transplanted. This hair will continue to grow and is not lost. Hair found in the donor area is like money in the bank," Dr Macvaugh told City Times.

Dr Macvaugh does hair transplant in Nu Hart, a hair transplant clinic opposite the Toyota showroom next to Deira City Centre. He is one of the few surgeons in the world to be Board-Certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, his attention to intricate graft placement detail and to his patients' expectations, hailed by those in the business of transplanting hair.

To Dr Macvaugh as it is to all in the business, patient's expectations is very important. "The patient should not have unrealistic expectations , wanting something which cannot be accomplished. Not everyone will find a dramatic difference but what matters the most to a bald person is that after the transplant, there will be hair towards the front of the head. We work from the front hairline back," said Dr Macvaugh.

Most people leave happy, he added.

The standard procedure is to take grafts from the donor area, and transplant them under local anaesthesia. There are of course some risks ... there could be infection later, and bleeding but those can be taken care of. Nothing so bad as to lose any hair.

Dr Macvaugh said certain medical conditions can affect the outcome. Those with a hormone imbalance are not good candidates, the results are not satisfactory. Those with a skin condition called Alopecia Areata also do not respond well to transplantation.

Most of Dr Macvaugh's patients are male, the majority among them with male pattern baldness with that appearance of baldness that's so frequently seen these days in the young and adolescent.

Women who come are those who have had extensive hair loss. Almost everyone of them return satisfied. The surgeon takes care of things once in the clinic. No problem there. Hair transplant is not easy on the pocket but like Dr Macvaugh said think about the good it does to the psyche. There's nothing like a head of hair.

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