Hair transplants have been gaining in popularity over the past few years. With advances in hair transplant technology and procedures, both men and even women have opted for hair transplant procedures to correct hair loss problems. Men are usually though of as the primary candidate for air transplant procedures due to baldness patterns. But women can also suffer from hair loss due to hormone loss and changes during menopause. It's important to determine the cause of the hair loss before treating it to insure there isn't a medical reason for the condition. But hair loss can be treated in most cases, and can produce a noticeable improvement in hair coverage on your scalp.
First Step-Get Evaluated By A Specialist
Because everyone has such different types of hair, including variations in texture, color, thickness and coverage, the results of hair transplants will vary from patient to patient. A qualified hair transplant specialist will be able to evaluate your condition, suggest possible treatments and help you understand what to expect in terms of potential results. That's why it is so important to find a good hair transplant specialist to work with and ask questions. If you know a former patient who has had positive hair transplant results and experiences with a certain doctor or clinic, then that may be your best method of finding a reliable specialist.
And because hair transplant procedures are purely cosmetic in nature, health insurance won't cover the cost of the treatments. These treatments can be expensive and often take several visits to achieve the desired results, so keep that in mind when discussing your options with your hair transplant specialist.
Types Of Hair Transplants
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery
There are three basic types of hair transplant procedures. One is called follicular unit strip surgery or FUSS. With this method, the surgeon will take a thin strip of hair from your donor area that has coverage and implant it on the thinning area of your scalp. The donor area then has to be stitched together and the process can be repeated more than once in a single session. This type of grafting method is probably the most commonly used for people who have larger areas of balding and who also have good donor areas as well. The incisions and grafts will take a few days to heal and there will be a waiting period to see if the grafts take hold and the hair grows successfully before the procedure is repeated.
Follicular Unit Extraction
For smaller areas of baldness, the more popular and less invasive method of hair transplants is called follicular unit extraction or FUE. With this procedure, the hair transplant specialist will carefully extract single strands or small clumps of healthy hair from your donor area and transplant them to the bald area. This method is more time consuming but it is also far less invasive than donor strips being removed and sutured into place. It also has a quicker recovery time and many say that the results look more natural.
Scalp Reduction Or Hair Flap Surgery
The most radical type of hair transplant surgery isn't really a transplant but more of a surgical procedure. It isn't used very often because it is very invasive and involved. It is called scalp reduction or hair flap surgery. With this method, the patient will have a surgical balloon inserted under the scalp on the donor area. This balloon will be slowly filled with sterile saline solution over a period of weeks to stretch the scalp in the donor area. The patient will then be put under anesthesia and the area of scalp that is bald will be cut away and the stretched area that has healthy hair growing will be stretched out over the head and stitched into place.
This procedure is very time consuming, expensive and can be painful for the patient. It can create a good result in terms of hair coverage, but it can also cause a tight feeling in the scalp that can be very uncomfortable. It should only be considered after carefully evaluation of your options in terms of hair transplants.
Whichever type of hair transplant you decide is best for you, donít be hesitant to ask questions of your hair transplant specialist. Hair loss can be treated successfully in the majority of cases, so itís just a matter of finding the method that works best for each individual case. Carefully weigh the possible side effects and benefits of each type of transplant and find a qualified specialist to perform the procedure.