Transplant and Surgical Hair Replacement
While there are many ways of fixing hair loss, for those who are considering surgery then here is some helpful advice.
A hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves individual hair follicles from the back of your head, this is because it's a strong donor site, and then replanting them into a bald or balding part of the body, this is known as the recipient site.
The surgical technique for hair transplantation is used for treating areas of baldness and thin hair but it can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows as well as moustache and beard hair.
A hair transplantation is a minimally invasive procedure and the grafts taken from the donor area are chosen because this area is genetically resistant to balding and then moved to the bald scalp. The graft itself will contain the hair as well as its follicle and it's this follicle that is the important part of any surgical hair transplant procedure.
Also, undertaking a hair transplant can be used to help fill in scars that may have been caused by accidents or by surgery including a facelift or a previous strip hair transplant.
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FUE: The first technique is known as FUE, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE harvesting, and the individual follicular units are removed by the surgeon one-by-one with each follicle containing between one and four hairs.
These follicles are then grafted into the recipient area where the surgeon will use tiny punctures to enable the follicle to sit in a predetermined area for density and pattern. It's also important under this procedure that the follicles are angled so they promote a realistic and consistent final hair pattern result.
If you are interested in ‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ then the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and will need one day of surgery which depends on the number of grafts needed. The healing process will take between five and seven days, after which any swelling or redness in the area treated will subside.
More importantly, the excellent results from this hair transplant procedure means that in the days and weeks after treatment, you will see the outline of your new hairline becoming apparent. The transplanted hair will also, within the next 12 months, have fully regrown.
Strip harvesting: Until fairly recently, strip harvesting was the most common technique used for removing hair follicles from a donor site but this is changing. Though strip harvesting is still an excellent option for those who require lots of grafts to fill in a larger area. As with FUE, you will need one day of surgery and the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic.