All you need to know about hair implants
Hair implants, commonly known as hair transplants, are a minimally invasive surgical procedure that restores hair loss in various areas of the body. The techniques of hair transplantation are versatile with varying degrees of efficiency and practicality.
Process overview of hair implants
Although the techniques vary, there is one standard protocol of events by which all hair transplant techniques abide. The differences vary in the method of performing the foundation steps of the procedure and the equipment utilized.
The procedure begins with a surgeon drawing the potential hairline for the patient. During hairline design, patients may negotiate the hairline design with their surgeon until both parties are satisfied. Next comes the application of local anesthetic in both the donor regions and the recipient sites. Patients have the flexibility to choose between traditional injection methods of anesthetics or the needle-free injection. Vera Clinic provides both options for its patients.
Following the application of local anesthetic comes graft harvesting phase. Hair loss resistant follicular units are extracted from areas of hair growth and transplanted to areas of hair loss. Since hair-loss resistance is an inherited property, the transplanted grafts continue to generate hair growth in previously deserted areas. The grafts are immediately preserved in a Hypothermosol solution to protect them from denaturation and contamination. To successfully implant the extracted follicular units incisions should be made on the recipient site which will later be a niche for the newly located follicular units. With implantation, the process of hair implants comes to an end.
The different techniques of hair implants
The techniques of hair implantation are divided into two categories: Primary methods and variants of the primary methods.
Primary methods of hair implants
1- Follicular unit transplantation
Follicular unit transplantation is the most conventional technique of hair implants. The technique follows an impractical method of graft harvesting. An entire strip from the scalp has to be excised from donor regions in order to obtain follicular units. The technique of graft extraction poses a risk of nerve damage in the target area. Moreover, the wound heals into a visible linear scar that limits the patients choice of hairstyle in the future.
2- Follicular unit extraction
Follicular unit extraction is a method of hair restoration that is an enhancement on the extraction phase in follicular unit transplantation. Instead of excising a strip of skin, FUE has an individual graft extraction approach. A micro punch creates micro incisions around individual follicular units to isolate them. Later forceps extract the isolated grafts and places them in Hypothermosol solution. The technique of graft harvesting in follicular unit extraction is a lot more efficient and practical, where the results are scar-free with no risk of nerve damage.
3- Sapphire FUE
Sapphire FUE is a variant of the FUE technique where the extraction phase is enhanced. Blades made of the sapphire stone are used to create incisions on the recipient sites. Owing to its exquisite properties the stone allows for more incisions to be made per session and closer to one another. Consequently, the results are denser and natural-looking than either FUT or FUE.
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