If your hair loss is something you have suffered with for a while, then you know exactly what it can do to your self-confidence. Today there are approximately 50 million men and 30 million women that suffer the effects of hair loss and baldness.
When you hear about hair transplants you may think of the old hair transplant techniques like the hair plugs of the ’90s. You may have just considered to just deal with your hair loss because of those old stereotypes. The new hair transplant techniques used today are nothing like those of the past.
No More Unsightly Hair Plugs
Old hair plugs are a thing of the past. Today’s procedures are minimally invasive and they have little to no discomfort. The hair you get is totally natural because it’s your own growing hair that is harvested from your scalp in what is called the donor area. The recovery time is minimal, and in most cases, a patient is ready to resume their everyday activities within days.
Modern Transplantation Techniques
There are two procedures that are used today that utilize the hair from your own head. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant). Both take your naturally growing hair from your scalp, with the main difference between the two hair transplant surgical procedures being how the hair follicle are harvested.
The FUE procedure will harvest the hair follicles individually in random areas across the scalp with no tissue attached and then transplant the follicles individually. In FUT, also referred to as the strip method, a strip of tissue with attached hair follicles is harvested from a location typically in the back of the head. Each follicle is then transplanted. Both methods give you results that are more natural and superior looking than the old plug transplants.
Permanent and Natural Solutions
Hair transplants today are a permanent solution to hair loss. Once the hair follicle is transplanted, it will continue to grow just like it would have from the site it is harvested from. This transplanted hair can be treated just like you would the rest of your hair as far as styling, shampooing, and care. No different products are necessary for the care of transplanted hair follicles.
Because the transplanted hair comes from your own scalp, a hair transplant patient must have enough quantity and quality of naturally growing hair to be used. In most cases, the hair is taken from the back of the head but it can also be taken from the sides. These locations most often have a more abundant amount of hair. Unfortunately, if you are completely bald, a hair transplant would not be a procedure that would be able to be performed on you.