Hair Transplant Methods and Benefits
Hair transplantation is a surgical process that entails moving hair follicles from a part of the body or the donor site to a balding part of the body or the recipient site. It is majorly used in treating male pattern baldness. However, hair transplantation is also applicable in restoring eyelashes, eyebrows, chest hair, beard, and public hair. It involves simple procedure of moving grafts that contain hair follicle which is genetically resistance to balding and then transplanting them to a balding scalp.
The modern method makes hair transplanting a perfect resort for restoring balding hair as it involves advanced techniques in harvesting and transplanting hair follicle units and the transplanted hair resembles original hair in every aspect.
Methods of Obtaining Donor Grafts
There are several techniques used in harvesting hair follicles. Each method has its related advantage and disadvantages. The two commonly used methods at present are strip excision and follicular unit extraction. Strip excision harvesting entails removal of skin from the posterior scalp, which has hair bearing tissue, of the donor and then surgeon uses fine needles to puncture the site to receive grafts. In Follicular Unit Extraction(FUE), each follicular unit containing 1-4 hairs are removed under local anesthesia. FUE takes more time compared to the strip excision, and the time it takes depend on the surgeon doing the operation. FUE, however, gives a better hair transplanting result than strip excision harvesting as it gives the transplanted hair that natural look.
There are cases when donor hair numbers from the back of the head are not enough. In such scenario, surgeons resort to body hair transplantation(BHT) on appropriate individuals who have many hairs on their chest, back, shoulders, and legs. BHT can only be done using FUE method of hair harvesting.
Post Hair Transplant Care
As a routine just like any other surgical process, the semi-permeable dressing is done to permit seepage of blood and tissue fluids. The dressing should be changed at least once a day. The exposed recipient area must be protected from direct sun, and shampooing is recommended two days after the operation to stop scabs from forming around the hair shaft.
Transplanted hair will fall out in ten days, and new hair starts to grow after 2-3 months. In about 6-9 months, the hair will be fully developed mimicking the natural hair. That is when the patient is entirely convinced that hair transplantation was a success, which is the case most times.
Benefits of hair transplant
The very distinct advantage is that one can be his donor where the hair from other body parts is harvested for transplanting.
It is more cost effective as compared to artificially driven mechanisms of hair systems.
Hair transplant ensures uniformity of hair distribution mimicking natural hair and one can hardly tell the difference.
The process is simple and better results achieved unless the recipient wants too many transplants which might make the process very complicated.
The whole process is safe since only local anesthesia is applied and there is no worry of losing conscious.
Just as natural hair, transplanted hair will continue with its growth, unlike artificial hair.
Transplanted hair last as long as someone lives. The reason being that the grafts, that is hair follicles from the donor, are obtained from parts whose hair are not genetically meant to fall off, as mentioned earlier. When such hair types establish in the balding area, they are there to last and grow naturally after each and every saving. So it is the only surest way to restore hair permanently.