1. Before treatment the patient and doctor will agree on the area to be treated. The doctor uses a special skin marker to draw the rough outline on the forehead/scalp to help the patient envisage what the result will be like.
2. The doctor injects the scalp with local anaesthetic to numb the area. Then the extraction process begins.
3. Hairs are taken, one by one, from the ‘donor area’ – most commonly at the back and the sides of the head where the hair is plentiful. This is a painstaking process.
4. During extraction, the hairs are placed on a piece of silk cotton in a special metallic tray. The cotton is soaked in a saline solution, to help keep the hairs moist. Without some moisture the hairs will die.
5. Once the hairs have been extracted, they are then cut down to the root. This ensures that, once the immediate redness after treatment has subsided, the patient’s hair looks exactly the same after the procedure as it did before.
6. Once the hairs have been cut, the implantation stage begins, with the grafts being re-planted one by one in to the part of the scalp where they are needed. This is a painstaking process to ensure a natural result.
Thinning Hair? A New Treatment Offers Hope
By Courtney Rubin
When Heidi Imhof started losing her hair at 42, she also started losing sleep. Ms. Imhof, a lawyer, was afraid that blow-drying her straight dark hair would hasten the shedding, so she got up two hours early to shower and apply mousse and volumizers. When her hair finally air-dried, she’d pull it back, hoping to hide the bald patches on her scalp.
“I was desperate,” she said.
The hair thickening shampoo Nioxin didn’t help. Neither did Rogaine. Then she heard about, a Danish company offering a customized hair extract that’s given only to those who pass a fairly rigorous selection process.
Ms. Imhof, who lives in Land O’Lakes, Fla., was skeptical. The company’s before and after photos seemed too good to be true. But she went for a consultation and made the cut. (Harklinikken’s products are not available to anyone with autoimmune illnesses like alopecia or baldness from scarring, or anyone who is unlikely to see at least a 30 percent increase in growth.)
“You can’t see holes in my hair anymore,” she said.
Harklinikken (“hair clinic” in Danish) inspires great loyalty. Four out of five users come as referrals from satisfied customers, said Lars Skjoth, the company’s founder and chief scientist. The results are certainly compelling. After four months of daily application — that is, working the tea-colored tonic into the hair section by section, then letting it sit on the scalp for six hours — most users regain at least 30 percent of lost density, and some as much as 60 percent, according to company figures.
Harklinikken does not advertise, but the 25-year-old multinational company is beginning an aggressive expansion into the $3.6 billion hair-loss market in the United States, meaning you’re likely to hear a lot more about it. A New York clinic opened in June inside the in Midtown (you don’t need to be a member to get an appointment); and in August, Harklinikken consultations became available at some 70 Women’s Care Florida obstetrics and gynecology clinics. (Roughly 75 percent of the company’s 50,000 active users are female.)
Mr. Skjoth said the plan is to have a presence in every state in the next two years. The company recently opened outposts in Tampa, Fla., and Beverly Hills, Calif.
Panos Vasiloudes, a Tampa dermatologist and Harklinikken’s medical director, said the company has double-blind, placebo-controlled studies it hopes to publish next year in peer-reviewed journals. Such studies are the one thing some dermatologists say they need to recommend the product to patients.