If you have been thinking about having hair transplants, you aren’t alone. The number of people opting for hair restoration surgery is steadily increasing with every year that passes. In this guide, we explain the surgical procedure to help you decide whether this treatment is right for you.
How does a hair transplant surgery work?
The concept of a hair transplant procedure is to rebuild areas of lost hair by using the patient’s own hair. The hair grafts are usually taken from the sides and back of the scalp. These hairs are chosen because they are genetically strong and will not be affected by DHT (a significant cause of hair loss). When hair loss is advanced and the number of hairs on the scalp is limited, hair from elsewhere on the body may be used.
FUE and FUT hair transplants
The two main hair transplant techniques are called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT). These techniques have been developed over many years to produce excellent results with minimal recovery and scarring. The difference between FUE and FUT is how the grafts are prepared. A micro-punch is used to remove individual hair grafts for FUE while FUT requires the removal of a strip of follicles which is then divided into hair grafts. In both styles of procedure, the prepared grafts are carefully placed into the scalp. This requires a great level of skill and an eye for aesthetics. The grafts must follow the patient’s natural hair growth patterns and the hairline design should be flattering to their unique bone structure.
Whether hair transplants are a good option for you depends on a variety of factors. Your type and stage of hair loss will determine whether the treatment will work for you. You also have to be willing to invest the time and money required to go through the treatment process.
What are the alternatives to a hair transplant?
Vinci Hair Clinic are experts in hair loss and offer a wide selection of hair restoration treatments as alternatives to hair transplants. Non-surgical options include medication, PRP therapy, Mesotherapy, LLLT and Scalp Micro Pigmentation.