Hair loss can have many causes: illness, medications, hormonal imbalances and stress are a few. However, the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenic alopecia. This is a genetic pre-disposition to hair loss and affects both men and women. Throughout time, those affected by hair loss have sought methods to treat or camouflage bald and thinning areas. The use of wigs and hair pieces, while effective, can become tiresome after a period of time. This is when many people turn to hair transplant surgery to simplify their lives.
Why Hair Transplant Surgery?
The advances in technology have made some incredible strides in the quality and design of wigs, hair pieces and hair systems. Many are very close to your own hair and can be styled in the same way. There are still some limitations on what can be done, plus there may be some discomfort associated with their use. Hair transplant surgery also gives you the satisfaction of looking in the mirror and seeing your head covered by your own hair.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular unit hair transplantation is the most advance procedure to date. When compared to standard transplant methods, the results produced are the most natural. Human hair grows naturally in groups of two to four strands, known as follicular units, and are scattered irregularly throughout the scalp. Hair transplant surgeons harvest donor follicular units from the back or sides of the head and plant them into balding areas. A skilled surgeon can mimic a client’s natural patterns and angulations. There are a couple of important advantages to this method.
- Minimal Incisions. Grafts are compact, tiny and carry a minimum of tissue. Because of this, they can be planted into very minimal incisions, decreasing scarring and swelling.
- Higher number of grafts. Smaller and less invasive incisions allow a larger number of grafts to be transplanted in a session. It can also allow them to be placed closer together, creating density.
- Higher Graft Survival. The harvested tissue is trimmed with the use of a microscope into individual grafts. This level of precision prevents damage to the grafts, reducing wastage and increasing the number of grafts that survive and grow.
Hair transplant surgery is the best alternative to regain growth of your own hair. A top quality and experienced hair transplant surgeon that uses the follicular unit method of transplant can design and create a completely undetectable result.