The elementary objective of hair transplants as a pioneering concept was to restore hair loss, regardless of the displeasing results in terms of aesthetics. As the foundational aim was attained, progress towards immaculate and more efficient techniques and results has been on a role. Below are some of the best hair transplant techniques you should consider opting for as well as hair transplant techniques to eschew from.
The best hair transplant techniques
♠ FUE hair transplants
FUE hair transplants were first invented in the late ’90s as an attempt to counteract the adverse effects of preceding techniques. Prior to their invention, FUT hair transplants were last in the field, although significantly advanced for their time, FUT’s soon acquired a flavor of redundancy and their side effects were becoming an obstacle for most patients. To eliminate the factor of compromising in the process, the FUE technique was quivering on the horizon. After it’s invention, the technique gained immense success, the minuscule scarring, faster healing rates, and the absence of nerve damage were all factors that brought attention to the technology as an ideal hair restoration option. To date, FUE is still used and is still far more popular among patients than its ancestors and more sought after.
♠ Sapphire FUE
Although the FUE technique was a grandeur achievement in the timeline of the invention and a memorable moment in the history of hair transplants, it still remains a method born in the ’80s, which in comparison to the innovations taking place in the Avant-garde era, can be deemed as archaic. The ultimate hair restoration method is the optimal incentive for most researchers, and therefore, an upgrade on the FUE technique was imminent. Sapphire FUE is a technique that works its magic by using surgical instruments made from the Sapphire stone. Known for its benefits in the medical field, sapphire is wildly used in surgeries. However, up until recently had their uses as an incision knife in hair transplantation be discovered. Sapphire blades, aside from their high precision due to their transparency, are simultaneously hard and flexibility. Possessing polarizing traits, the blades can be molded to have a uniquely sharp tip, that despite its minuscule dimensions, holds enough strength and durability to operate with said specific traits.
The small surface area allows for faster incision making and by extensions for more implants to be completed in a session.
The worst hair transplant techniques
♠ Hair plugs
Hair plugs were the first form of hair transplantation that paved the way for future modifications. The concept of hair plugs that first began in the 1950s has a doll-like effect, where strips of skins are surgically removed from hair growth areas, and stitched into balding areas. The effect of the quote invasive translocation gives a plastic-like end result.
♠ FUT hair transplants
FUT hair transplants were invented around 1990, and at the time, in comparison to hair plugs, FUT was considered a monumental step towards natural results. The modification from hair plugs that FUT hair transplants include is in the implanting step. Instead of stitching the extracted strip of skin as a whole piece, FUT techniques dissects the strip into sections of individual hair follicles. The follicles are then implanted in the recipient site to give a natural appearance in the receiving area. However, the extraction phase that constitutes the excising of a strip of skin from hair growth areas, leaves a visible linear scar and nerve damage in the targeted location.
How to get the best possible results with hair transplants?
Aside from eliminating hair plugs and FUT hair transplants and considering FUE and Sapphire FUE as plausible options, you can look into additional treatments after hair transplants. PRP therapy and laser hair therapy are two options that can push the success rate of the procedure by promoting growth and preventing loss. PRP therapy utilized growth factors from the patient’s blood, separates them from remaining blood components, and injects them in the scalp after hair transplants. Growth factors will bind to hair follicles and trigger proliferating molecular activity.
Laser hair therapy, on the other hand, treats the scalp with a wavelength-controlled laser that penetrates the follicles and triggers cellular activity to favor hair growth.
A recent treatment known as OxyCure therapy has been a breakthrough in the realm of cosmetic surgery and hair transplants. OxyCure therapy, unlike PRP therapy and laser hair therapy, was designed initially to promote hair transplant results. The patient is submitted for treatment immediately after hair transplants in a treatment chamber of hyperbaric conditions and supplied with 100% pure oxygen. The impact of the factors significantly diminish the swelling in the scalp, heal scars, and save nearly 99% of all transplanted follicular units. Combining OxyCure therapy with FUE hair transplants would yield success equivalent to Sapphire FUE. However, a Sapphire FUE and OxyCure collab would peak unprecedented rates of success.
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