Hair loss is normal. It is natural for the hair to fall out and to be replaced by newer strands. When the natural replacement process doesn’t happen and when the follicles fail to produce new hair strands to replace the hair that had fallen down, hair thinning happens. In some cases, this also progresses and leads to balding. Nutritional deficiencies, stress, hereditary factors, drop in collagen levels, thyroid problems and certain types of medications can all lead to excess hair loss. There are several hair regrowth treatment options available today. If you are looking for something quicker and more effective there is also the option of getting hair transplantation.
What is hair transplantation?
This is a method where natural hair follicles are transplanted from one location to another in order to stimulate the growth of hair. There is a healthy donor site selected for the procedure. Using advanced methods the follicles from this region are extracted without affecting the hair growth in the donor site. The grafts are prepared from the extracted follicles and then planted in the site where the thinning or balding has occurred. The exact procedure involved and the time taken might well vary based on the type of transplantation method adopted.
What are the common types of hair transplantation methods used?
Hair transplantation is a minimally invasive surgery that takes a short period of time. The difference in the procedure being followed is based on the level of automation involved and the number of follicles removed at one go.
In the case of Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE, Individual follicles are extracted in a random fashion resulting in a slight reduction in the hair density at the donor site. But as there are no tissue extractions being made there are no stitches involved and therefore you can expect shorter recovery time. There a minimal level of discomfort involved with a quick recovery, the before and after comparison of the hair growth can be quite stunning in some cases.
Follicular Unit Transplant or FUT is the method where a tissue strip is removed from the donor site. This strip is then separated to prepare grafts ready to be transplanted onto the targeted location. Given the precision of the method and the ability to treat complicated hair loss and balding conditions this method is very common. This one involves a slightly longer period of recovery than the FUE method but the results are pretty good.
Benefits of hair transplantation
- This is a reliable solution to tackle hair loss. It has a very high success rate and the results can be very noticeable after the procedure.
- As the follicles from your own body are used there is little to no risk of graft rejection at the target location.
- The results are obtained by replacing the dead and damaged follicles with healthy follicles. This is succeeded by the natural growth of hair. So this will be a permanent solution to balding problems.
Given the easy recovery phase involved and the effectiveness of the procedure, hair transplantation surgeries are now becoming very popular among men and women.