Hair loss can be attributed to a number of reasons. Many times there is treatment available for the hair to naturally grow, but sometimes, it so happens, that new hair growth becomes impossible due to permanent damage to the follicles and the scalp. In such cases, the most common hair treatment tips simply do not work. However, in today’s day and age, with modern technology, you can easily restore your hair with surgery.
Three of the most common hair transplant methods are as follows:
Scalp reduction is one of the oldest and the earliest transplant methods for hair transplant. In this method, the scalp from the balding area is surgically removed. Once this is done, the scalp from the area that bears hair is stretched over to cover the patch and this replaces the hair too. This method however works only for those who have a good amount of donor hair on the other areas of their scalp. Today, this method is used in combination with some of the other methods so as to create a more natural look.
Follicular Unit Hair Transplant (FUT)
Follicular Unit Hair Transplant has been the most popular method for hair transplant for decades. This method not only makes the hair look natural, but also allows it to function normally. Usually, to successfully carry out this procedure, very high resolution stereo microscopes are used. This greatly reduces the risk of any kind of damage that is possible with the naked eye. In this method, the hair is transplanted only in naturally occurring follicular units. A donor strip is removed from the donor area and dissected into smaller follicular units. These units are then harvested in a manner that looks very similar to natural hair growing from the scalp. In this method, sometimes, the extraction of the donor strip leaves a scar.
Follicular Hair Extraction
This procedure is very similar to the Follicular Unit Hair Transplant method. The only difference is that it does not require the removal of a complete strip of hair follicles. During FUT, individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor areas and are then grafted into the balding area. In this method, there is least damage to the donor area as there is no strip that is extracted. This results in less bleeding and very little damage to the scalp. This gives a very natural looking appearance all over the head. This process also gives you the flexibility to choose the hair style you wish to maintain.
It’s very difficult to judge which hair transplant method is the best. The requirements of each individual are different. The doctor evaluates the amount of baldness and the amount of hair on the donor area and then decides which method is the best. The doctor will also evaluate your recipient area and check which method is best suited for your particular case. All of these procedures are carried out under local anesthesia. It’s important however to discuss your requirements with your doctor and carefully listen to the suggestions before taking a decision.