What is Hair Transplant?
Hair loss problems can be caused due to several different reasons. While the process is curable and reversible in many cases, there are instances when new hair growth refuses to grow due to permanent damage to follicles and the scalp. These are the situations when Hair Transplant comes to the rescue. It’s a type of surgery that moves hair you already have to fill an area with thin or no hair.
Why Hair Transplant?
Depending on your level of hair loss, you have a lot of different options when it comes to restoring your hair. Finding the right solution depends on your degree of hair loss and your personal hair restoration goals. If you’re in the early stages of hair loss, you might consider options such as medications, topical solutions, or low-level laser treatment initially. If your hair loss is more advanced or if you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for with other treatments, you might consider a hair transplantation to improve the density of your hair.
Procedure for Hair Transplant
First, the surgeon cleans your scalp and injects medicine to numb the back of your head. Your doctor will choose one of two methods for the transplant: follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) or follicular unit extraction (FUE). With FUSS, the surgeon removes a 6- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of your head. He or she sets it aside and sews the scalp closed. This area is immediately hidden by the hair around it. Next, the surgeon’s team divides the strip of removed scalp into 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts, each with an individual hair or just a few hairs. The number and type of graft you get depends on your hair type, quality, color, and the size of the area where you’re getting the transplant. If you’re getting the FUE procedure, the surgeon’s team will shave the back of your scalp. Then, the doctor will remove hair follicles one by one from there. The area heals with small dots, which your existing hair will cover. After that point, both procedures are the same. After he or she prepares the grafts, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area where the hair will go, creates holes or slits with a scalpel or needle, and delicately places each graft in one of the holes. The surgeon will probably get help from other team members to plant the grafts, too.
Benefits of Hair Transplant
Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence. Good candidates for a hair transplant include:
- Men with male pattern baldness
- Women with thinning hair
- Anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury