How do Hair Transplant Procedures Work?
A hair transplant is the most effective, clinically proven solution for hair loss. Male pattern baldness is a problem that will affect up to 30% of all men by the time they’re thirty years of age, moving to 50% of men by the time they’re 50.
It is a surgical treatment that includes the removal of hair follicles (also called grafts) from the donor area of your scalp (which is typically the sides and back of your head) and then transplanting them to the areas that require them. This process is also used for beard and eyebrow transplants.
What Happens During a Hair Transplant?
If you think that a hair transplant might be the solution you’re looking for, then it only stands to reason that you’d want to know a little something about what you’re getting into ahead of time. Let’s take a closer look at what the process is all about.
If you’re balding, you’re no doubt aware of the fact that you’re losing your hair at the front of your hairline, as well as the temples. Most men fighting baldness also experience hair loss on the tops of their head. However, the hair on the back and around the sides of the head tends to remain lush and growing in the same way the man is used to. This hair is known as donor dominant hair.
Hair transplants involve putting the patient under local anesthesia before taking portions of donor dominant hair and surgically transferring them to the parts of the head where balding and thinning has occurred. Due to the highly advanced technical equipment used during the procedure, combined with the anesthetic effects, very little to no pain is felt by the patient.
The hair has the ability to grow just as well once transplanted as it did in its original placement, allowing the balding man to restore the look and feel of his once full head of hair.
What Types of Hair Transplant Procedures Do We Provide
There are 3 different kinds of hair transplant treatments you can choose from. The one that is appropriate for you will depend on your hair loss circumstances. These are:
- – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a tried and test, minimally intrusive treatment in which follicular unit grafts, which include between 1-3 hair follicles, are extracted your donor area of your head and are then carefully transplanted on to the recipient areas of the head, beard or eyebrow that require it.
- – Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is a treatment that is also called the strip method. With this method, a strip of skin that contains a large number of hair follicles is extracted from the back of your head. The strip is then dissected and graphs containing hair follicles are taken from there to be used in the areas that are thinning and require treatment. The skin at the back of your head is then sticked up leaving a linear horizontal scar.
- – Direct Hair Implant Technique (DHI) is in essence “advanced FUE”. The process is very similar to the FUE method with the main difference being the instrument that is used. This is the choi pen and it is a little smaller than the instrument used in FUE. It also is loaded with individual graphs (typically by the technician) and the surgeon then implants the hairs one by one in the areas of the head that require it.