Often used to treat pattern baldness in males, hair transplantation is a surgical technique that involves moving hair follicles from a donor site of the body to the area affected by balding. While there are number of treatments on the market which are said to promote hair growth, more and more people are turning to hair transplants. The main reason for doing so is that hair transplants allow you to get natural-looking results in a very short period of time.
Type of Hair Transplants
Hair transplants have come a long way since the ‘plug’ style grafts that were used in the past. There are two main methods by which surgeons now remove the hair from the donor site: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
Follicular Unit Transplantation
For this type of transplant, hair is removed in the form of a strip from the donor site and is then cut up into small follicular units which consist of between 1 and 4 hairs. The great thing about FUT is that large areas of baldness can be transformed in just a few sittings. However, the main drawback of this method is that there may be a linear scar left in the donor site.
Follicular Unit Extraction
This type of extraction uses a very fine punch needle to remove the follicular units individually. This process is very tedious, but painless. The major advantage of this type of transplant is that as there is no need to remove an entire strip of hair, there will be no linear scar left behind. In addition, this newest method has a quicker recovery time, allowing patients to go back to work the next day.
In both methods the way by which the donor hair is transferred to the affected site is the same. Using very fine knives, the surgeon makes incisions into the balding site and the grafts are then inserted individually.
Tips for Choosing the Best Hair Transplant Surgeon
When done right, hair transplants can completely rejuvenate your look and boost your confidence. This makes it especially important that you dedicate some time to researching the various procedures and surgeons available. Below are some helpful tips to help you find the perfect hair transplant surgeon.
Read up on the different procedures available. As this article highlights, there are a number of ways by which hair can be restored. As well as taking into account how much each procedure costs, you should think about which type of procedure would be most appropriate to your level of baldness. There are number of online tools than can help you estimate how many hairs you need to cover your baldness.
Be proactive and speak to surgeons and patients. If you do not know anyone who has had surgery in person, there are hundreds of forums on the internet where patients share their experiences and post pictures of their transformation.
As the results are permanent, it is of the highest importance that you spend some time researching the different surgeons who perform this surgery. Don’t rely on the surgery’s marketing material alone, it is important that you read genuine reviews of patients.