Noticing a receding hairline can be devastating for many people. The change in appearance can negatively impact their self-confidence or their relationships. Due to such a high number of men and women experiencing hair loss or thinning, the medical and cosmetic industry is extremely motivated to offer ever-evolving solutions. Up to 40% of women and almost 85% of men report seeing thinning hair or balding by the age of 50. Due to hormonal and genetic influences, some men see hair loss as early as their 20s.
In recent decades, hair restoration technologies have undergone a great deal of innovation and development. With time, these techniques continue to improve to provide better results with fewer side effects. The traditional methods of hair transplantation involve harvesting long strips of hair-bearing tissue from the back of the head, separating and preparing individual transplant plugs, and then transplanting them into small circular holes made on the scalp. To hold the tissue in place, those holes were purposely made to be smaller than the pieces of tissue. While it was successful in removing hair from one location and placing it in another, this method often produced an unnatural appearance said to resemble rows of corn. As a result, most plastic surgeons have been motivated to use ever-smaller grafts in recent years.