The History of Hair Transplant

Hair transplant procedures have come a long way in recent decades.

The results surgeons can get with the new areas of hair on a patient’s previously balding areas are better than they have ever been before.

It is amazing that this first started with a doctor who wanted to transplant hair to give people new eyebrows.

Dr. Okuda of Japan was busy trying to transplant hair to the eyelashes and eyebrows of people who had lost them traumatically.

This was before World War II. When the war broke out, his discovery of hair transplant procedures was squelched until two decades later.

In 1959, Dr. Norman Orentreich began a new field of surgery when he published on the use of hair transplant surgery.

It was during this decade that doctors had begun to try moving balding-proof hair follicles to the balding areas of patients’ heads.

They used hair from the fringe, or back and sides of the head, to accomplish this.

The doctors were trying to determine whether hair follicles were balding resistant because of where they were located on the head or because of something inherent in the follicles themselves.

This would settle the issue of whether hair transplant would work by those methods.