Because Dr. Lewis has a genetic hair loss problem (androgenetic alopecia) himself, he has taken a special interest in hair transportation and scalp restoration. 80% of men and 20% of women have andro-genetic alopecia (AGA). This genetic form of hair loss encompasses the top of the scalp in most men and a few women, while with most AGA in women the hair loss is diffuse. There have been numerous treatment modalities tried including Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP), stem cell (SC), Progesterone treatments without success. Hair transplantation and scalp reduction are the only 100% successful treatments. Dr. Lewis had hair transplantation early in the procedure’s evolution. Because of the “tooth brush” artificial appearance of the early transplantations, Dr. Lewis was either going to revolutionize the procedure or not do it at all. He devised an “angling fanning” technique in which the hair grafts followed the same orientation as natural hair.
Thus, instead of the hairs sticking straight up and down and looking artificial, Dr. Lewis angles his transplants so they are indistinguishable from normal hair architecture. He also uses follicular units which are nature’s own grouping of one to four hairs. Thus, combining this “angling fanning” technique with follicular unit transplantation has created the most natural hair restoration surgery in the world.
For individuals who have extensive hair loss, scalp reduction is an essential component of hair loss restoration. This surgery removes large areas of bald or balding scalp from the vertex (crown) to the frontal area and approximates the parietal (sides) of the scalp. People who have this degree of hair loss have less donor area for hair transplantation.
Scalp reduction not only minimizes the amount of hair transplantation needed, but also eliminates the chance of a person having continued hair loss and being left with an island of transplanted hair in the crown and surrounded by bald scalp. Scalp reduction allows individuals to have a full-frontal line because there is a minimal or no need to use hair transplant to fill this extensive crown bald area.
Scalp reduction surgery is one of the most difficult of all cosmetic surgeries. Most hair restoration specialists do not have the skill set or experience to perform this surgery. About one half of all Dr. Lewis’ hair restoration surgeries are repairing other surgeons work. Thus, Dr. Lewis’ scalp restoration is not just replacing hair in areas that don’t have it; Dr. Lewis’ scalp restoration is an art form.
To reduce costs, many hair transplant surgeons have nurses do most of the work. Dr. Lewis will not do this. He does the entire procedure himself. If you want cheap, go to the hair transplant clinics which have an assembly line approach. If you want absolute precision, come to Dr. Lewis.