Hair transplants are quickly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK. Hair loss is a widespread problem that is no respecter of age or gender, with about fifty percent (50%) of women and sixty percent (60%) of men suffering from some form of hair loss worldwide. Thankfully, there are now different hair transplant procedures that can be performed to remedy this problem.
What is a hair transplant procedure?
This is a procedure performed by a trichologist and involves the movement of hair to cover a bald area of the head. Typically, hair is moved from the back or side of the head to the front, top, or crown of the head. With advancements in techniques over the years, hair transplants can now be done using mini and micro-grafts to create a more natural appearance of the hair on the scalp.
How does the hair transplant procedure work?
Hair transplantation is primarily done using one of three methods, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Direct Hair Implantation (DHI), all of which involve taking hair follicles from one part of your scalp and moving them to balding areas.
During FUT surgery, a long and narrow strip of skin is removed from the back of your scalp. The individual hair follicles are removed from this strip and implanted along your hairline. This is the quickest and cheapest method, but it is also the oldest method and leaves a long surgical scar that may be visible. As such, this method is generally not preferred.
FUE involves shaving the back of your head and then taking individual follicles out of the scalp skin. The surgeon will then manually cut a series of channels in your scalp into which the hair follicles are inserted. FUE has surpassed FUT in popularity because it does not create a “hair plug” look where the section of the hair does not match surrounding areas.
DHI is a modification of FUE. Whereas with FUE the surgeon must cut channels into the scalp prior to the implantation of the hair follicles, in DHI a specialized pen-shaped tool is used that can do the cutting and implantation at the same time. DHI and FUE do not leave a long scar like FUT, however, these surgeries take longer and are more expensive.
What are some reasons to do a hair transplant?
Hair loss can be caused by several factors, most commonly genetics. Nutritional deficiencies, stress, illnesses, hormonal imbalances, and medications can also cause hair loss. Though some of these causes are unavoidable, the hair loss itself is fixable.
Beauty standards have always featured people with a thick and full head of hair, but not everyone is so naturally blessed. For women, a thick eyebrow, for men, a beard and moustache are to be praised. Hair transplants can help you to achieve these standards.
Over-the-counter topical treatments have been available for some time now, however for longer lasting, more reliable, and better hair restoration outcomes-hair transplantation is the treatment of choice. The successful outcomes of hair transplant are mainly because transplanted hair is much more resistant to the “hair loss hormone” dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
To Sum Up
With all these advancements in hair transplantation, hair loss does not need to be the distressing situation it once was. Do not allow hair loss to rob you of your confidence. The problem is fixable, and you have the power to fix it today by booking your appointment for a hair transplant. A full head of hair and a heart full of confidence awaits!