Surgical hair restoration, more commonly known as a hair transplant is becoming a more and more popular option for the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss. Genetic hair loss affects the majority of men over their life time and increasingly more woman; for either gender hair loss can effect self-confidence, cause low self-esteem and alter how we interact with people around us.
A hair transplant relies on the strong genetic properties of the hair follicles around the back and sides of our head being immune to hair loss, meaning they can be moved to the area of hair loss, whilst retaining the ability to always regrow hair.
There are two recognised techniques available today; they specifically differ in the manner hair is moved from what is known as the donor area. FUT also known as the Strip technique or Follicular Unit Transplantation and the FUE technique, Follicular Unit Extraction can provide totally natural, permanent results for the right candidate.
Not every individual is a suitable hair transplant candidate, aspects such as age, current hair loss stage, and the potential for future hair loss need to be taken into account before taking the decision. As it is impossible to replace like for like hair lost planning and timing is vital to ensure the result not only looks natural at the time, but also as the individual grows older and future hair loss can be dealt with effectively.
A person’s hair characteristics, hair colour, coarse or fine hair, straight or with a curl will all have an impact on how the hair transplant is performed. The refined techniques available today along with the artistic skills of the Doctors and medical team can create hair lines that cannot be distinguished from your previous natural hair line. A hair transplant can create the illusion of fullness and density even on those suffering from advanced hair loss.
When researching ideally look at others with similar hair characteristics and hair loss pattern to yourself, and when possible talk to or read other hair transplant patients’ experiences. A hair transplant can be a positive life improving treatment, giving back confidence and self-esteem when performed to a high standard.