Hair transplants are rising in popularity and creating a noise while doing so. And many people are wondering how do hair transplants work? Moreover, are they permanent?
The concept is very simple and straightforward. There are a few points that we first need to discuss before getting into the topic.
The Notorious Pattern Of Baldness
Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia; is the most popular form of hair loss. This particular pattern of hair loss is prevalent among hair loss patients. Usually, the hair loss begins in the hairline and spreads to the crown. Hair tend to remain on the back of the scalp and sides.
The typical pattern of hair loss can be a point of interest for many. It is in the answers to this question that the fundamentals of hair transplant work. So, and without further ado, grab your trench coats because we are about to crack this mystery.
Follicular units are structures that make hair on the scalp and on the body. In the scalp, male hormones can have adverse effects on the follicular units. Over time male hormones can cause follicular units to shrink. The follicles will close off. When this occurs, there are no possibilities of hair growth from that specific unit. This is where it gets interesting and the savior of all life, diversity, comes along.
It so happens to be that follicular units in our scalps vary in diversity. Some follicular units are to resistant to the effects of androgens. The hair loss resistant units tend to be in the back of the scalp. And they remain unaffected by the activities of androgens.
How Do Hair Transplants Work: Overview
Now that we have an idea on the life of a hair unit, we can begin putting the pieces of the bigger puzzle together. How do hair transplants work? Well, hair transplant works by moving follicles from areas of hair growth to areas of hair loss.
Hair loss resistance is a genetic characteristic. Thus, grafts will continue to survive in their new location. The hair doctors extract from hair growth region is the donor hair. Of course, once your surgeon removes a follicular unit from its native region, it doesn’t grow back.
That is why patients must have enough donor regions to cover balding scalp. You need to have enough donor hair to keep
While the aim is to cover up balding regions, it should not be at the expense of donor regions.
Most patients have enough areas of donor hair. But if you would like to have a professional assess your donor region book a free appointment. A medical specialist from the Vera Clinic will contact you.
Follicular Unit Extraction
Your surgeon will extract follicular units first from specific regions. The extraction occurs in a way that doesn’t cause scars (FUE hair transplants). The surgeon will transfer the follicles to areas of hair loss that can be anywhere on the body. And the grafts will generate hair growth in said locations.
Instead of extracting grafts at once, FUE works by extracting individual grafts. While it may be more time consuming than FUT, FUE does not cause visible scarring. A punch isolates every graft so that a wound appears around the follicular unit. The minuscule size of scars prevents their appearance in the future.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
A cheaper alternative and a more conventional approach would be FUT transplants. A procedure that extracts follicular units at once by cutting an entire strip from the scalp. Thus, resulting in a scar that stops patients from experimenting with different styles. For instance, many tend to maintain long hair styles to cover up the scars.Surgeons tend to dissect the strip under a microscope after extraction. After obtaining individual grafts, transplantation begins.
Is It Permanent?
Yes, hair transplants are permanent. As we mentioned earlier, some follicular units are resistant to hair loss. Hair transplants work by moving these resistant follicles to areas of hair loss. Transferring from one place to another does not affect their properties. Hence, growth in the regions that did not have it before will occur from there on.
Hair transplants work by moving follicles from areas of hair growth to areas of hair loss. The grafts must be hair-loss immune.
Because follicles do not lose their properties hair transplants are successful and permanent. The transplanted follicular units will remain to generate hair for as long as one lives.
How do hair transplants work? Through two primary technique the FUT and the FUE. Both techniques vary in the extraction phase and the size of scarring they inflict. Patients who wish to have more flexible styling opportunities tend incline toward FUE. Because FUT results in a visible scar, patients have fewer styling options. Most often opting for hair styles that cover up the scars.
Whichever technique you choose, there are some standards you must meet. For one you have to have enough donor hair to have a successful procedure. Remember donor regions are finite. Thus, take care of your transplant and recover well to maintain the results.
Contact us if you need to know more about hair transplants. You can also have a medical specialist offer you a statement on your personal case.