Hair Transplant & Restoration
WHAT IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT?
Hair transplantation has come a long way from its 1950s roots. In its primitive stages, surgeons removed a small portion of the scalp and transplanted it to balding patches. The process was also exclusive to men. In the mid-1990s, a progressive technique called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) rapidly became the norm. Presently, 90% of surgeons use FUT for hair loss. Not all women are candidates for hair loss surgery, as it depends on the location and type of hair loss.
HAIR TRANSPLANT BENEFITS
When medications and lifestyle changes don’t help, many hair loss patients seek solutions from hair transplantation. The process fills patches of thinning or balding hair with clusters of follicles that are discreet, natural, and complementary to your natural hair. Hair transplantation is an innovation in hair loss solutions that enables women to retain their natural hair.
Unfortunately, hair transplant surgery is only available to women who:
- Have Traction Alopecia or mechanical hair loss.
- Have Androgenetic Alopecia that is not thinning on the sides or back of the scalp, as these are the donor locations.
- Have hair loss from trauma, such as burns, chemical reactions or scarring.
While these criteria might feel limiting, hair transplantation for women is on the rise. In New York City, one clinic reports that women comprise 27% of their clientele.
HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURES
There are two procedures for hair transplantation, Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
This procedure involves removing a small strip of scalp tissue from the back of the scalp. The tissue is divided into tiny hair grafts, each one containing a few hair strands. The grafts are then planted across the scalp in clusters in areas of thinning and balding. The result is the natural appearance of healthy, thicker hair across the scalp. FUT leaves behind a small, linear scar from the scalp tissue removal. However, it is not noticeable in women with medium-length to long hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction is similar to Follicular Unit Transplantation. However, there is one distinguishable factor: instead of extracting a piece of scalp tissue, surgeons excise hair follicle units directly from the scalp. FUE will leave behind minuscule scars that are much less noticeable than the FUT scar.
IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you are interested in hair transplantation to remedy hair thinning or loss, there are several factors to consider, including lifestyle, medical history, health and budget. If you are unsure if the procedure is right for you, consult with your healthcare team to get guidance on the best options for you. Additionally, you can schedule a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon in your area.
In the meantime, Daniel Alain can provide cosmetic and alternative solutions to improve hair health and help you regain confidence.