Dr. Hopping performs hair transplantation using a unique technique that provides the most natural looking, permanent solution for men and women with progressive hair loss.
He also provides treatment for hair loss focused on the hormonal, medical, genetic and stress-related factors that cause temporary or progressive hair loss.
Dr. Hopping is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. He specializes in medical and surgical hair restoration with natural microfollicular results in both men and women. Call 202-785-3175 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hopping.
Approximately one-half of the men in the U.S. are affected by hair loss resulting in a thinning of the scalp hair or baldness. These conditions affect thirty percent of the women as well. While many people are not concerned about their hair loss, others may feel a loss of self-esteem, become distressed and look for ways to correct their condition.
What causes hair loss?
Frequent shampooing, the wearing of hats and poor circulation are not the cause of hair loss. Heredity is the leading cause of hair loss in men.
In women, it is hormonal. Many factors including high fever, severe infection, diet, certain medications, birth control pills, thyroid disease, childbirth, and cancer treatments can cause hair loss. Hormonal changes include those that occur during menopause and can lead to thinning and pattern loss.
While some types of hair loss are reversible, those resulting from an accident, infections of the scalp, surgery or those caused by heredity are not.
Male pattern baldness is the easiest form of hair loss to correct. It usually begins with a receding hairline or a thinning at the crown, and progresses over a lifetime.
At The Washington Hair Institute located within THE Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our advanced surgical techniques provide the most natural looking, permanent solution for men and women with progressive hair loss.
Types of Hair Transplantation
Micro-hair follicular unit graft (FUG) transplantation is a progressive process requiring hundreds of micro-grafts, implanted during multiple treatment sessions, spaced about four months apart. Each micro-graft may contain from one to three hairs.
Dr. Hopping is a leader in the most modern techniques of hair transplantation called “microscopic follicular unit” grafting. He uses both FUG and single strip harvesting techniques.
Advanced plastic surgery with trichophytic closure is ideal for minimizing the donor scars. Incisions are well hidden by existing hair, which will never be lost. The closure becomes almost undetectable after a few months. The donor hairs are then transplanted into those bald or thinning areas on the top and front of the head.
Also available is the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, which involves multiple small punch grafts harvested from the same area. No suturing is required.
Dr. Hopping and his medical team provide a permanent and natural-appearing full head of hair from the patient’s own hairs. Skin flap surgery and scalp reduction techniques can be used to fill in larger areas. Skin flap surgery uses a piece of hair-covered scalp to replace a section of bald scalp.
During hair transplantation with scalp reduction surgery, the hairless skin is removed, the adjacent hair-covered skin is stretched over the area and sutured into place. Scars are usually covered by new hair growth.
Micro-Hair Transplant Surgery
During your consultation, Dr. Hopping explains which type of anesthesia is best suited for your procedure. Most micro-hair transplant procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, using local or twilight anesthesia. More involved surgical procedures such as flap surgery for hair restoration usually require general anesthesia and are performed in a hospital surgical setting.
Will a hair transplant work?
Age is not a barrier to having hair transplantation as long as you have healthy donor hair. The procedure has a high success and satisfaction rate of 92 percent.
Microfollicular grafting is the most commonly chosen hair restoration procedure. Hair grafting has been performed for more than 30 years, but it is only in the past 10 years that technological advancements, as well as a greater appreciation of hairline aesthetics, have made the results of this procedure virtually undetectable.
*The American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery/International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS/IBHRS) is the largest worldwide entity to have established standards for certification for education, training and experience in hair restoration surgery. Physicians who are eligible to apply for ABHRS/IBHRS certification have demonstrated the accumulation of significant experience in hair restoration surgery and have all shown a commitment to high standards of training and education. Those who have achieved certification have demonstrated advanced knowledge in the art and science of hair restoration through peer-reviewed examination. While there is currently no American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certification specific to hair restoration, the ABHRS/IBHRS is the only certification recognized by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the largest hair restoration educational organization in the world. Please visit our website at www.abhrs.org.