Hair loss remains one of the primary concerns of millions of people worldwide, especially men. It is caused by various factors such as hormonal changes, aging, family history, and trauma such as burns. It usually is the case that the earlier hair loss starts, the more severe it will become. Hair replacement surgery or hair transplantation may be a good option to consider as a reconstructive treatment for baldness.
Hair transplantation involves taking some parts of the scalp that are bald-resistant and transferring them to a bald area. Bald-resistant areas of the scalp are those that are found at the sides and at the back of the head. These transplanted areas will generally grow hair throughout your life since they are proven to be genetically resistant to becoming bald. The transplant would look more natural if only a few hairs are relocated per session. This is because of the fact that human hair grows in one to four strands of hair per grouping of follicle.
In general, there are 3 types of hair transplantation methods.
1. Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)
In this procedure, a strip of hair from the donor region is taken and implanted on the thinning or balding area. Sutures are then used to close the donor area. The area would take several days to heal. This procedure is best for average to extreme balding cases since it allows several grafts to be transplanted in a single session.
2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
This procedure is more recent and more popular than the first one. What happens here is that the strands of hair are transplanted from the back and sides of your head in groups of one up to four, since this is how hair naturally grows. Because it mimics how human hair actually grows, the procedure delivers results that look more natural. Another advantage that this procedure has over the other is that it does not involve major and deep cuttings. Thus, the recovery time is shorter and the scars that arise are fewer.
3. Scalp Reduction
This type of hair transplantation is rarely performed. The bald area is surgically removed and the hair-bearing scalp is stretched in order to replace what has been removed. This method is very costly. It could also increase the possibility of the tightening of the scalp, which would only lead to its thinning.
If you’re considering having a hair transplantation procedure done, you should first understand that the coverage that you had prior to hair loss will never be brought back. What this surgical procedure can do for you is to make your scalp achieve more fullness and cover the thinning areas. Moreover, it is important to know that as with other forms of surgery, hair transplantation carries with it several risks and complications. It is possible that like in other transplant procedures, the skin graft may “die”, thus requiring a repeat of the process. Also, small bumps may form on the scalp. Hair transplantation is normally safe when it is done by a qualified doctor. Still, each case is unique and the reaction to the transplant may differ from case to case. Make sure you understand the whole process before you consider undergoing it.