Hair loss abstract
The process of replacing a person's hair loss involves a combination
of medical hair transplants and a non-medical hair piece. A front
natural hair line is formed by surgically transplanting hair follicles
from one area of the person's head to the frontal area, with micrografts
of 1 to 2 hair follicles being located along the most forward portion
of the front natural hair line. The front portion or edge of a non-surgical
hair piece is customized to fit precisely behind the front natural
hair line and to blend into the surgically transplanted hair.
Hair loss claims
What is claimed is:
1. A process for replacing a person's hair loss, comprising the
surgically transplanting hair follicles from one area of the person's
head to the frontal area of the person's head to form a front natural
hair line, said step of surgically transplanting hair follicles
comprises creating a gradation between minigrafts of 3 to 7 hair
follicles and micrografts of 1 to 2 hair follicles,
providing a non-surgical hair piece having a front edge portion,
customizing said front edge portion by shaping it to fit precisely
behind and contiguous to the rear edge of said front natural hair
line and to blend into the surgically transplanted hair, and
attaching said non-surgical hair piece to the person's scalp.
2. The process defined in claim 1 wherein the beginning of the
most forward portion of said front natural hair line are said micrografts
and extending toward the back of said front natural hair line whereat
the transplant grafts are minigrafts.
Hair loss description
The present invention is directed to a process of replacing a man's
or woman's hair loss by using a combination of medical hair transplants
and a non-medical hair piece.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to the invention, hairs are surgically transplanted using
any medically accepted technique (but the minigraft/micrograft techniques
are preferences) from one area of the person's head to the frontal
area of the person's head, to form a front natural line of hair.
A non-surgical hair piece has a front portion or edge customized
to fit precisely behind the front natural hair line and to blend
into the surgically transplanted hair,and then the non-surgical
hair piece is attached to the person's scalp. The medical hair transplants
can be any one or a combination of mini-grafts, micro-grafts, or
incision grafts where hair is removed surgically from one area of
the head (usually the sides and back). Slit incisions or sections
of the bald scalp are removed and the transplant hair is then placed
into the holes or incisions in the bald or balding area.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The above and other objects, advantages and features of the invention
will become more apparent from the following specification and accompanying
FIG. 1 shows a man with a bald head on top and front,
FIG. 2 illustrates the frontal area in which the surgical hair
transplants will be performed according to the invention,
FIG. 3 illustrates surgically transplanted hair forming a frontal
area to form a living hair line,
FIG. 4 shows a non-surgical hair piece or replacement in which
the front or forward edge is customized to the trailing edge of
the frontal area constituting the frontal line of hair,
FIG. 5 shows how the hair piece or replacement is fitted to conform
or blend with the transplanted line of hair in front, and
FIG 6 shows the transplanted hair in the front blended with the
hair piece or replacement.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
According to the invention, the doctor will usually use micro-grafts
which are grafts that consists of 1-2 hairs and mini-grafts which
are grafts containing 3-7 hairs. Other hair transplant techniques
can be used. The non-surgical hair (see FIG.4) used make up the
second component necessary to complete the transplacement process.
The foundation 30 for this hair piece can be made from a wide range
of materials from polyurethane, mono-filament, silk,or a variety
of meshes and can consist of a variety of combinations to meet the
activity and lifestyle of the wearer. Then hair 31 (either human
hair or a synthetic fiber hair) is tied into the foundation. This
hair piece is then attached either to the person's remaining hair
or scalp by using two sided tape, glue, sutures, bonding adhesive,
or a variation of clips.
Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a man 10 with a bald
head 11 on top 12 and front 13.
FIG. 2 shows a frontal area 14 to which surgical transplants are
to be made. Hairs from a patch at the rear (not shown) are transplanted.
FIG. 3 shows hair transplants HT using mini and micrografts that
have been transplanted in the frontal area. Starting with micrografts
(1-2 hairs) in the very front VF and extending back to trailing
edge TE with micro and mini-grafts (3-5 hairs) a depth D between
about 1-21/2 inches constituting a line of hair. Hair could be transplanted
back a little further to meet a specific person's needs, if desired,but
the 1-21/2 depth D is acceptable.
FIG. 4 shows the non-surgical "Hair Piece", "Hair
Replacement" 19, or system (the art has many different names
for this non-surgical component). The basic difference in this hair
replacement hair piece is the front or leading edge 20. According
to the invention, the front 20 is custom-made or customized to fit
precisely into or behind the transplanted hair. Usually the front
20 will be sculpted so a not to give a hard look, but to blend into
the mini and micro-grafts undetected.
FIG. 5 shows the hair piece/hair replacement being fitted to conform
or blend with the transplanted hair in the front.
FIG. 6 shows the transplanted hair in the front blended with the
hair piece/hair replacement. The hair piece/hair replacement is
attached either to the client's scalp or existing hair on the sides
and back and then styled to blend with their existing hair.
In summary, the process of this invention gives a person who is
now wearing a conventional hair piece/hair replacement the ability
to still cover the top and back of the head with a hair piece but
gives them a totally frontal hair line by using his own hair through
transplants using mini and micro-grafts.
This process can be performed on someone who has never worn a hair
replacement. It can also take a person who presently wears a hair
replacement and perform the process of this invention on them as
long as there is enough hair on the sides and the back to support
the mini and micro-grafts in the front.
The invention is great for all the men (and women) who wear those
awful looking hair pieces. Usually you can match-up the sides and
back, but you can usually tell it is a hair piece in he front. This
invention will eliminate that problem.
While there has been shown and described preferred embodiments
of the invention, it will be appreciated that various other embodiments
and modifications and adaptations of the invention will be readily
apparent to those skilled in the art and it is intended that such
obvious modification, adaptation and variation be encompassed within
the claims appended hereto.