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How Hair Transplants Work

How Hair Transplants Work

There may come a time in many peoples lives when their hair starts to thin out noticeably. Whatever the cause of the hair loss, it can impact heavily on the mood and self worth of the person affected. Some may not be particularly bothered by the gradual onset of hair loss, whereas others may be so traumatized that they feel they can no longer function as they did before. So what can be done if your crowning glory starts to thin?

Well, there are certain medications available that can halt hair loss but they will not lead to the regrowth of lost any hair. And before you start believing any of the old wives tails about how hair loss can be stopped or reversed, know this, hair transplantation is the only known method that is guaranteed to overcome hair loss and regain hair!

There are actually two types of hair transplant. In both these procedures, the hair transplantation can be done so effective that even a hair stylist won't know that a hair transplant has been carried out, clearly this would only be the case after the post transplant healing process is complete. The transplanted hair is intended to be permanent and in nearly all transplant cases, the hair will stay in place for the rest of the persons life.

Hair transplantation methods

Follicular Unit Transplantation

The most common method of hair transplation is called Follicular Unit Transplantation. This method of hair transplantation is often referred to as strip harvesting because the hair follicles required for the procedure are removed or harvested in a strip of skin from the back or side of the head and moved to the thinning areas at the top of the scalp. Unless the person in question is affected by a severe case of alopecia, the back or sides of the head are rarely affected by hair loss, making it the ideal site to harvest hair.

Follicular Unit Extraction

The other method of hair transplantation is called Follicular Unit Extraction. This procedure is more costly than strip harvesting because it is a more time consuming procedure. This method of hair transplantation is often favoured by wealthier clients because of the minimal scarring. The after effects of this hair transplantation procedure is often a little swelling to the harvested and planted areas and some tiny red pin pricks that will fade over the five to seven day healing process.

The main difference between follicular unit transplantation and follicular unit extraction is that the hair follicles are removed and transplanted a strip in the former and individually in the latter.

There will be some minor scarring with follicular unit extraction, but this amounts to no more than tiny pin pricks. These are only present immediately after the operation and will vanish during the healing process.

Follicular unit extraction generally has a much quicker recovery time and a much lower level of discomfort after the procedure than follicular unit transplantation.

Further Information

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