Genetics, medical issues, or aging can leave you with thinning hair or balding spots. Losing your hair at any age can feel like an embarrassment, but it more negatively affects you the younger you are. Hair loss affects men and women alike and may leave you frustrated with poor self-esteem. Hair transplant surgery permanently and effectively restores bald or thinning hair, helping to restore your confidence with a new, full hairstyle.
Candidates May Have…
- Unsuccessfully tried to regrow hair using serums and over the counter hair products
- A receding hairline
- Overall hair thinnings
- Balding patches
- Uneven hair growth
Hair transplants are performed using local anesthesia or sedation; general anesthesia is rarely needed. The goal of a hair transplant is to move hair follicles from a donor area to another area in need of hair. Donor sites are usually somewhere on the head. After a consultation with your surgeon, they will recommend the best hair transplant method based on your physicality and aesthetic goals.
Strip Harvesting (FUT)
Strip harvesting removes a unit of hair, typically from the back of the head. This is then separated into smaller groups of hair follicles for transplantation. This method is considered faster but can result in scarring.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
During follicular unit extraction, smaller groupings of hair follicles are harvested from multiple donor areas around the head. These extracted units are transplanted into the necessary areas. FUE is associated with less bleeding and postoperative discomfort, even if it is not as efficient as FUT. However, patients will need a much larger area of donor hair.
A medical condition or over shaping your brows in your youth can lead to thin or patchy eyebrows. FUE techniques can be used to stimulate hair regrowth in the eyebrows while maintaining their natural brow shape. Swelling around the eyes is common with eyebrow transplant, but this only lasts several days. People who opt for eyebrow transplants will find that their eyebrows grow at a natural rate and maintain a pleasing shape with some training.
You may experience swelling and some mild bleeding. Dressings should be worn for several days. Your scalp may feel sensitive, and medication may be used to control any associated discomfort. You may be able to return to work after two days, but some people take more time off. You should be able to wash your hair within a few days of your procedure.
Within days or weeks of your surgery, the hair grafts will fall out. The new follicles then begin a new growth cycle, and you see hair regrowth within three months.
Once your hair has grown back, you should notice that it looks fuller and more natural. Hair transplant surgery has a high success rate. Grafted follicles that take following the procedure are permanent. Most patients are pleased with their results even years after their treatments.
Strip harvesting can leave a long scar at the back of your head. However, your surgeon will make sure the scar is placed so it can be easily covered with new hair growth. FUE may leave smaller, dispersed scars that are easier to conceal with hair regrowth.
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