With advanced methodologies, hair transplantation is becoming more frequent among the general population. While many choose to have it done at a salon, there are some that go for surgical methods, which can be permanent and often require a longer recovery time.
Hair transplant has become more popular with the latest technological advancements and with cosmetic practices. Although there are some risks associated with this procedure, it is an effective way to help people who suffer from balding or thinning hair issues. And being a hair transplant specialist, I, Dr. Soniya Pendharkar, would like to discuss with you about Hair Follicle loss, causes, various treatment methods, effectiveness, precautions of hair transplantation and more, in this article. Let me start with each aspect one by one.
Understanding hair Follicle Loss
Hair follicle loss has become a social issue that affects both men and women. It is the number one reason for hair thinning and hair loss. In order to avoid it, we need to know what causes it. Receding Hairline is also a sign of hair follicle loss.
Causes of Hair Follicle Loss
The rate of hair follicle loss for men is about 50% after 55 years of age and for women it is around 40%. By the time they reach 80 years old, women lose 80% of their hair and men lose 90%. The cause of this fall are genetic factors, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies like iron deficiency, anaemia as well as chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cancer.
Hair Transplant Methods
1. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction is a surgical technique which removes just the hairs in a hair transplant procedure. This process is usually used for both shorter and longer hair types. FUE has more hair follicles on the graft than traditional strip harvesting, resulting in higher density and overall better quality of hair restoration.
FUE is primarily associated with the use of thin-tipped needles to extract grafts from small donor sites taken from the back of the head, ear canal, or armpit area. It is said to be less invasive than strip harvesting and can be done in an outpatient setting with local anaesthesia only.
2. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
FUT is a procedure that is used to transplant hair from the back of the head to the front. This procedure is used mostly in balding patients.
FUT has been available for more than four decades, but it wasn’t until 2005 that it was offered at a low cost to those who were uninsured or underinsured. With an increase in demand for FUT, doctors have been able to help more patients with this procedure.
Surprisingly, only about 1% of people have received this treatment and some are even sceptical about it because they do not understand how it works or have concerns about its cost and side effects.
3. Scalp Micro-grafting
The scalp micro-grafting is a procedure that involves moving a piece of scalp from one site to another to replace it. It is the most important step in treating people with hair loss.
One of the best known techniques for hair transplantation, the scalp micro-grafting transplant has been widely used since its inception. This procedure is typically done on bald heads, though it can also be done to cover up scars.
Why is a Hair Tansplant procedure so important?
You know that your hair is important to you, and you put a lot of effort into keeping it healthy. But sometimes, the stress of everyday life can take its toll on your hair. If your hair has lost some of its volume and has become thin, it’s time for a new look.
The importance of proper treatment after losing hair is the need to restore volume and texture back in the hair without leaving too much damage or sacrificing quality in terms of appearance and health.
How effective are hair transplant methods?
Hair transplants might be the best method of restoring hair on balding or thinning areas of the scalp, but whether it is effective and safe depends on proper execution and individual case.
There have been cases where transplant recipients experienced graft rejection or complications such as infections. There is also a possibility that your hair will be thinner than before because you lose a considerable amount of your own natural hair in the process. It’s safer to stick with follicular unit transplantation (FUT) if you want to avoid these risks.
Factors responsible for success rate of a hair transplant
Hair transplantation is a cosmetic surgery that can help patients regain lost or damaged hair on the scalp. The success rate of this procedure is dependent on a variety of factors such as the amount of hair, age of patient and most importantly the cause of hair loss. Hair transplantation success rate also depends on the procedure and the doctor performing it.
Hair transplants provide an effective solution to hair loss and baldness, which will give you a new lease on life. However, the success rate of this procedure is not 100%. If you are facing any issues related to hair loss or baldness, and wish to get an initial consultation done, pre-book your appointment now.
4 things to consider after a Hair Transplant
Few precautionary measures to take after a Hair Transplant:
- Maintain your donor hair
- Maintain donor hair regimen
- Routinely check for regrowth and balding areas on your scalp
- Discuss any concerns or questions with your doctor regularly
Hair transplantation is an invasive surgical procedure that involves taking grafts from other parts of the body such as your arm, legs, chest, or scalp to put them on your head. The goal of this process is to grow new hair that looks natural and will appear thicker than they actually are. There are risks involved with this process including infection or rejection. So, I hope by now you know all things about hair transplant.
If you are planning to undergo this procedure, I recommend going through an article on hair transplant. You can contact us in case you want to have this procedure done or need to discuss details about it.