If you have severe hair loss, special shampoos, supplements, and ingestion products will not provide dramatic improvement. That’s because once you start balding in certain areas, the follicles of those individual hairs have become dormant and stopped producing hair entirely.
Although there are a variety of dietary supplements and vitamins marketed to treat hair loss, there have been no medical studies showing that these types of products can restore hair loss. Those who are prone to hair loss – but have never started to notice hair thinning – may benefit from supplements or shampoos that support hair strength or skin health, but the results can be counterproductive or misleading depending on the type of alopecia you have.
For those with significant hair loss, surgical hair transplant provided is the only proven way to restore natural hair growth. If you have been hesitant to consider the option of surgery, consider that recent advances have made hair transplant surgery much easier for patients by reducing discomfort and rest time.
The newer hair transplant procedures have a high patient satisfaction rate and also offer more natural-looking results. Patients additionally reported that the cost was well worth the final outcome.
Hair transplants are widely available by removing graft/follicles at the back of the head that are highly resistant to hormonal changes and then placing them in areas with little growth or baldness. There are two ways to remove the implant Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
It can be also called Follicular Unit Strip Surgery. This method has been around for over two decades and has been a transformative way to restore the natural hairline when it was first formed and for many years after.
- It involves taking a strand of skin with hair from the donor area, usually at the back of your head where the hair is naturally full and not too lenient to balding.
- In this skin, small groups of tissue containing hair follicles are separated and prepared for transplantation.
- While this is happening, small, single holes are made in the recipient’s site where you experience thinning or balding.
- The prepared grafts are then individually placed into the recipient site.
- This type of surgery can take many hours, depending on the number of grafts placed, and there is no way to avoid the horizontal scar that results from the back of the head.
FUE involves harvesting hair strands with the help of punches at the back of the head and moving them to create a full, natural-looking haircut. Thinking the same as FUT? But a big No!
- The FUE method of hair transplantation involves taking the individual follicular unit/grafts behind the head one by one by cutting it around with a special machine and removing it.
- This procedure is tedious and lasts a few hours but is not painful after being given a few numbing injections.
- This method eliminates linear scar and advanced wound care required with FUT. The FUE approach also reduces downtime and reduces post-procedure discomfort.
You can watch the live FUE surgery that has taken place at our clinic.
Which is the best?
It depends on various factors like the area of baldness, hairline structure, hair growth, and many more. The doctor can suggest the best and safest method suitable exclusively for you after a one-to-one consultation. Ultimately, your health, comfort, and hairline depend on you working with a doctor who understands how to restore full hair that looks natural.
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