Back in the day, we were unable to tackle hair loss in the same way we do today. Baldness was the only way. Until the first hair transplants were done in the 1950s, there was no other outcome. Since then, we have seen a development in methods and technologies used to make the process more precise, more time and cost-efficient.
Hair loss occurs for a variety of reasons, from genetics to stress and malnourishment. Hair experts and dermatologists have developed different solutions, from creams and medications to surgery methods. Hair transplants are versatile and can be used to grow hair not only on your head but also on the brow, chest, and eyelashes.
How Do Hair Transplants Happen?
Hair transplantation is based on a simple principle: a patch of hair is taken from a lush area of the scalp, known as a ‘donor site’ to the area with missing hair follicles, or ‘recipient site’. The procedure is developed in two major ways:
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). A strip of healthy scalp skin up to 0.6 inches is stripped from a dense area (easily coverable by other hair) on the back of the head. Then, hair follicles are selected one-by-one and transplanted into the bald area.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). For this method, an area in the back of your scalp is shaved and the surgeon gathers hair follicles one by one. The procedure that follows is similar to FUT. The grafts are placed in the needed area using a needle or scalpel.
The duration of the procedure varies depending on the size of the transplantation you get. However, on average, it could last from 4 to 8 hours. After the transplantation is finished, you might feel mild pain in the scalp area for a few days and notice the fall of the transplanted hair in 2-3 weeks. Don’t be alarmed. That’s when the new healthy follicles start to grow.
Hair transplantations usually produce noticeable results. Studies have reported a 60% growth in new hair follicles in less than a year. Let’s look at the four main benefits of this hair restoration method.
Maintains a Natural Appearance
Hair transplants can make your new locks look as full and natural as your own hair. This happens because the hair you are growing is not artificially produced. It comes from your body. New technologies have ensured that modern transplantations are indistinguishable from your ‘natural’ hair. No one will be able to tell you’ve had a hair transplant unless you tell them.
It’s a Long-Lasting Solution
The alternative hair restoration methods may involve the regular use of medications to maintain the hair density you want. Other solutions that give you healthy or extended hair (such as topical products or wigs) solve your hair issues only temporarily. A hair transplant ensures a long-term solution for the client, and even the minuscule scars left from the procedure will become almost invisible after some time.
Compared to other hair restoration solutions, hair transplants have a lower cost. Clients pay only for the transplantation sessions. Even though other treatments start with relatively low expenses, they last longer, leading to a cost increase. Over time, you will see that besides higher costs, the solution is not as effective because if you stop, the hair starts falling again. A one-time solution such as hair transplantation doesn’t require regular treatments.
Needs Minimal Care
When you decided to undergo hair transplantation, forget about all the hassle that comes from having to maintain a specific haircare routine. Transplants ensure the growth of the follicles without having to supplement them with special shampoos, creams, or other medications. Nor will you need to run to the hairstylist on a regular basis.
Dense, healthy hair is the main benefit of a transplant. You may be advised to use a simple shampoo from the doctor after the procedure is done, but you should follow instructions and refrain from shampooing your hair until you are told it is safe to do so.
Both topical and oral medications can alleviate hair loss and help grow dense hair. However, while these medications are effective for treating mild hair loss symptoms, they may have side effects such as flaking, itching, or dryness.
If you notice signs of excessive hair loss, don’t ignore them. While it may be nothing to worry about, you should get it checked Vinci Hair Clinic experts can help guide you towards the right solution. Book your appointment for a free consultation today!