Hair loss and thinning hairs are a part of life and a normal process. For most people, hair loss is a result of aging, while others get the condition due to medical issues or trauma. Those who experience hair loss have many restoration solutions, but hair transplants are an increasingly popular method to give them back their confidence. However, this can also be for either cosmetic or reconstructive reasons.
Unlike how the procedure was done years ago, today, the hair transplant technology allows one to thicken their hair and fill in a receding hairline without getting the plug-like looks of older treatment methods.
This guide will briefly go through how modern hair transplants work in filling the hairline while also reversing the impacts of baldness. This will also look at some of the factors that make someone a good candidate or a poor candidate for this treatment.
If you’re considering getting a hair transplant as a hair loss treatment method, this article will help you get more informed, enabling you to make a more informed decision whether this procedure is ideal for you.
Types of hair transplant
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of the topic, it would be prudent to understand the various types of hair transplants you can get. During a hair transplant, the surgeon removes follicles from dense areas (like the back of the head) called the donor regions. After that, they implant the follicles into the affected part of the patient, resolving the issue of balding in that region.
Following are the two major types of hair transplant:
Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS)
A strip of skin is removed from the donor region, and the incision is closed using stitches. The donor skin is thereafter separated using a microscope into tiny follicular units which contain one or various hair follicles. These are the desired units that are inserted into the affected parts.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
In the Follicular Unit Extraction model, the surgeon uses a tiny punch tool to remove follicles from the donor region. Even though this procedure will also lead to scarring of the skin, it might be less visible. In most cases, the patient will not require any stitches.
Who is an appropriate candidate for a hair transplant?
Hair restoration surgery can improve one’s appearance as well as a general sense of well-being. However, not everyone is a good candidate for such a procedure. Here are a few people that can easily use hair transplants:
- Men who have lost hair due to male pattern baldness for more than five years
- Men that have been balding for many years and whose pattern has stabilized
- People who have lost hair due to trauma or burns.
- People who have lost hair due to other cosmetic procedures such as facelifts.
Poor candidates for hair transplants
- Men with ‘diffuse unpatterned alopecia’ (DUPA).
- A person with a diseased donor supply for any reason.
- Those with low hair densities.
- People with a lack of adequate funds to continue surgical hair restoration over time.
Fortunately, there are many other hair loss treatment options that you can explore, should you find you’re not a perfect candidate for hair transplants.