Struggling with hair loss or does your hair take ages to grow? If yes, then you’ll be relieved to be alive in the 21st century as there are solutions for absolutely everything including hair loss. Nowadays, advanced technology is making it possible for people who struggle with hair loss and slow hair growth to smile again and enjoy the confidence that comes with a head full of beautiful, healthy hair thanks to hair transplants. If you are considering taking this path, here are some hair transplantation options you should know of first.
What is a hair transplant?
Before we get to the various options available for you, it is vital that you fully grasp what a hair transplant is, and how it will benefit you.
To put it simply, a hair transplant procedure is a minimally invasive surgery which as the name suggests, involves moving hair follicles from one area of the body to another. It is used to treat hair loss, and even though there are various techniques used, all of them often revolve around taking the hair-bearing skin from one part of the scalp known as the donor site and surgically grafting it to areas of trauma known referred to as the recipient site.
Hair loss is usually caused by
– Scalp inflammation
– The normal male pattern baldness
– Injuries arising from burns and scalds
– Inflammatory conditions such as Morphea, Lichen Planus and Lupus.
The bright side of hair transplant surgeries apart from the fact that they give you a chance to have a head full of hair is that they are performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the procedure being carried out, the doctor often administers local anesthesia, and once the process is done, you are free to go home. There are several hair transplant options available nowadays as shown below
This is the most popular option among most hair transplant candidates. As the name implies, during the procedure, the surgeon often harvests or removes a strip of hair-bearing skin/tissue from the posterior of your scalp using a single, double or triple-bladed scalpel. The procedure often calls for utmost care and skill so that only intact hair follicles are removed. Afterward, the surgeon then uses fine needles to puncture the recipient site in a predetermined pattern such that the hair follicles transplanted here promote a realistic hair pattern.
This technique often leaves behind a thin linear scar on the donor site which you don’t have to worry about as your remaining natural hair covers it. It takes two to three weeks for the patient to recover fully.
Follicular unit hair transplantation
This is yet another common hair transplant option. During the Follicular unit hair transplantation process, the surgeon extracts a linear strip of hair-bearing tissue from the back of the scalp and first sets it aside so he can sew the donor area. This area remains hidden by the hair around it which is why the surgeon must remove the skin from an area that contains plenty of hair. Afterward, he/she dissects it, before transplanting it into separate individual grafts on the recipient area.
Follicular unit extraction
During this procedure, the back of your scalp is first shaved, and then the surgeon removes individual hair follicles using micro-blades. The surgeon then prepares the recipient site by using the micro blades to puncture small slits and then delicately grafts each of the follicles removed earlier here. Follicular unit extraction can take place in one long session or multiple small sessions depending on your schedule. Even though it is more time consuming, it gives natural results, and you don’t have to worry about scars as it only leaves small dots which are not visible. It is, however, more costly.