What Is Hair Transplant?
What Is Hair Transplant? Hair implantation (also known as hair transplant) is a procedure that eliminates the problem of hair loss. Hair implantation is applied to solve the problem of those who have hair loss problems. To put it simply, it can be explained like this. Some healthy hair from the patient’s head is taken from the dense area and transplanted to the non-hair area. Healthy hair is mostly taken from the back of the head where the hair is usually thick and healthier.
Today, 1 out of 3 men face hair loss problems. Hair loss is quite common among men, whether due to age, genetics, or other reasons. However, hair loss is not something unique to men. It can also happen to women. However, the rate of hair loss in women is less than in men. Hair loss can cause many problems, especially a lack of self-confidence. No matter how young or old the person is, hair loss causes enormous dissatisfaction. Hair loss also causes the person to look older, which is in most cases not wanted. These are normal when you consider how much hair affects how we look. “Hair transplantation” is a relatively new procedure. However, it has received intense attention from men ever since it has shown up. We can say that hair transplantation has become the savior of many men’s and women’ images and self-confidence.
How Hair Implant Surgery Is Applied?
Hair implant is the process of taking healthy hair from the donor layer by cutting it and transplanting it to the area without hair. The thing that is called “the donor layer” is the graft that is transplanted to the hairless area. The length and width of these grafts (they carry the hair follicles) can vary from person to person. there is no ideal tissue size for everyone. Some people need small grafts for hair growth, while some others may need larger tissues. Your surgeon will decide the size of the graft pre-surgery after the examination. Each graft contains about 10 to 40 hairs depending on the size of the graft. The bigger the graft is, the more hair it contains.
The number of sessions required to complete the procedure varies from person to person. Because each patient’s hair health and hair loss level are not the same. It may take up to several sessions for a complete and successful procedure. It will be good for your health to take a break of at least one month between sessions. This duration will also depend on your condition. You should pay attention to your doctor’s information regarding these breaks. And do not neglect the treatments you need to do during these periods for faster hair growth.
Methods Used In Hair Implantation
When it comes to the method used in hair transplantation there are usually two different choices. These are the two most used and most efficient hair implantation techniques. Choosing one between these two methods depends on your need and the health care you have access to. One of them is called FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and, the other one is called FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). Both of these techniques have been used by surgeons for many years now. They have different ways of taking the donor, healthy hair. They require different surgical processes and different expertise. The most important difference between these two operations is how the graft is taken. FUT method leaves linear scars that can be seen for some time after the surgery. However, the part where the healthy hair is taken from is not completely shaved in FUT.
Differences Between FUT And FUE Methods
The FUT method can be seen as a partially newly discovered operation. While the FUT method has been used since the 1950s, the FUE method has only been used since the 1990s. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method is a more modern and easy way of dealing with hair loss. In the FUE method donor part is partially shaved and, the healthy hair that is collected is collected individually. Following the FUE there are generally red spots on the donor area, where the hair is transplanted. These red spots are relatively large and visible and, also, they may stay visible for some time. Also, it is important to note that the FUT method is usually more expensive than the FUE method. And FUT is also harder to carry out.
At the end of the day choosing one of these two methods may be up to you or your doctor. However, it is quite important to be aware of both hair implant methods.
Who Can Have Hair Transplant?
Both men and women apply for hair transplantation as both of them have trouble with hair loss problems. Even though hair loss is usually associated with men, women also tend to lose their hair as they get older. Regardless of your gender, hair transplantation is the right choice to deal with hair loss. Age is not a problem for hair transplant surgery as well. As long as you are over 18 you can have a hair transplant operation. But whether you need a hair transplant operation or not is up to you to decide. If you are lacking self-esteem due to a hair loss problem or if you think that it damages your appearance you might want to get a hair transplant.
Is hair transplant operation painful?
Thanks to the anesthesia procedures, the hair transplantation operation is painless for the patient. Pain is felt at the minimum level but, the patient is not completely numb. There is a pain that the patient can easily withstand, and thus the patient undergoes the operation without any great discomfort. Usually, in the post-operation process, mild pain might be felt. However, it will not give you much discomfort and it can be even lessened with treatments. Usually, some painkillers are prescribed following the hair transplant surgery to minimize the discomfort. It is important for a quick recovery process to pay attention to the instructions your doctor gives you after surgery.