Male pattern baldness and other kinds of baldness can turn out to be a pesky affair that also eventually might have a bearing on your confidence level. A hair transplant is an excellent way of dealing with this issue. This method usually takes the hair follicles from the donor site and implants them on the scalp where male pattern balding has set in. While this is an effective and commonly used process, it also comes with minor scars and other issues.
There are many things, which you must take care of, after the procedure. Here are a few of those things:
There are a number of things that you can take care of after a hair transplant procedure in order to recover faster and be comfortable until the hair growthstarts.
Since its inception, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for healing wounded tissues. It has been majorly used as a remedy for connective tissue damage. Owing to recent advancements in medical research, PRP finds its application in hair restoration therapy.
PRP for hair restoration is a developing non-surgical technique to stimulate hair growth. This therapeutic process finds its vital use in fuelling hair growth in male and female suffering from hair loss. The entire concept of PRP revolves round the body's natural healing power. It amplifies the healing mechanism and enhances the density of hair.
Advantages of PRP:
PRP is essentially an intense source of platelets. It consists of numerous growth factors, which can promote the healing power of skin and scalp. When PRP is used along with hair transplant surgery, it enhances the growth rate of follicular hair grafts. If PRP is used to treat hair loss, it significantly minimizes the rate of hair fall.
The Procedure of PRP:
The complete PRP procedure is very simple and patient experiences minimal pain. Blood is drawn from the patient in an amount equal to that of taken during any blood test. The blood is rotated with a high frequency in a centrifuge to detach the PRP from the rest of the blood. Next, the PRP is concentrated to thrice the normal blood count by spinning it in a closed sterile system. The procedure makes PRP devoid of granulocyte, which otherwise hampers the cell regeneration system of the body. The scalp of the patient is supplied with anesthesia so that the patient undergoes minimal pain. Finally, the PRP is infused into the scalp of the patient. No further medication is required.
How effective is PRP?
PRP is completely safe and natural. It does not involve any kind of modification of cells. It just concentrates the growth factors in blood so as to promote the hair growth. No blood infection occurs during the process. Thus, it can be easily undertaken by anyone suffering from hair loss. However, it is completely a personal choice.
Hair is a person's crowning glory and seeing bald spots emerge or thinning hair can be a nightmare for many. Thankfully, with advances in cosmetic surgery, this is not something you need to settle for. With a hair implant or a hair transplant surgery, you can easily cover bald spots and thicken thin hair.
So which one should you go for? At the onset, hair implants and hair transplants seem to be synonyms. While both address baldness and thinning hair, this is not the case. Getting a hair implant involves implanting synthetic hair into the scalp while a hair transplant involves the removal of hair follicles from one part of the scalp and implanting them into another part of the scalp. Here are a few ways the two procedures differ.
Look: Hair implants involve synthetic hair and hence can never look completely natural. A hair implant is often compared to a wig that has been fixed to your scalp. On the other hand, a hair transplant uses your own hair and hence merges with your existing hair. With time, no one will be able to tell if you've had a hair transplant while with hair implants.
Grooming: You can cut synthetic fibers implanted in your scalp but hair implants will not grow like natural hair. Thus, if you undergo this procedure to address thinning hair, you will have to settle for the same hairstyle for quite a long time. Hair transplants will grow and fall like the rest of your hair. Also if a hair follicle that has been transplanted falls, it can re-grow but if a hair implant strand falls, it will need to be replaced with another synthetic follicle. Thus the chances of needing follow up surgeries are higher with hair implants than with hair transplants.
Rejection: The chances of your body rejecting a synthetic fiber are much higher than the chances of your body rejecting a hair follicle transplant. Thus, the chances of infections are higher with hair implants than hair transplants.
Results: Hair implants have instant results whereas when it comes to a hair transplant, it can take upto 8 months to notice visible results. In the meanwhile, the hair follicles may temporarily fall from the area the transplant was taken from as well.
Today, between the two, a hair transplant is more preferred than a hair implant. Before taking a decision between the two, go over the pros and cons with your doctor and see what form of treatment is more suitable to you.
In the continued battle against hair loss, the medical geniuses who represent the surgical hair loss market - those who perform hair transplants - are still unable to achieve a full density look and natural appearance. There are a few types of hair loss that respond to hair transplant procedures. For most men who suffer from hair loss, hair transplants will never restore their natural appearance and density.
Nonsurgical Hair Replacement - wearing "Hair Systems" - is still the only way one can restore their natural look with all the density they desire. Hair Systems consists of a lace/mesh base with hair tied to the base by use of delicate knotting techniques that mostly keeps the hair tied to the base. This base is designed to fit over the balding area of the head and blends in with your existing hair. It is then adhered to the scalp by way of adhesive tapes or glues.
This is the problem with this type of Hair Replacement; the adhesives are the weakest link. Even though most Hair Replacement companies will tell you that the adhesive will hold for weeks or months, most people will only get a good hold for a few days at a time, especially if they perspire a lot or have oily skin.
Even so, nonsurgical Hair Replacement remains the best way to cover the balding areas of the head. There are many practitioners of Hair Replacement, from national discount chains like Hair Club for Men to smaller local salons, boutiques and studios who supply hair systems from China and modify them to fit the customer. Almost all hair systems - and hair extensions - are manufactured in China because of China's cheap labour. Very few companies produce their own hair systems or hair extensions.
The other challenge with nonsurgical Hair Replacement is the maintenance involved. Even if you're lucky enough to locate an artistic practitioner who can make your Hair Systems blend with your own hair thereby creating an undetectable look, you still have to do a lot - and spend a lot - to maintain the look.
The knots on the Hair Systems come loose and hair sheds, just as it does with your own hair. When hair sheds from the Hair Systems, that hair needs to be put back onto the system. If the salon has a technician on the premises, that technician can tie in new hair. Also, the colour on the Hair Systems will fade and the hair will have to be coloured probably once per month at least.
These monthly maintenance appointments add up. The typical cost of a high-end nonsurgical Hair System is about $2500 apiece. Monthly visits can range to be about $60 to $90 plus tip. While this might sound expensive to some, when you find a Hair Replacement practitioner who can restore your natural look so that your Hair System is totally undetectable, other things besides hair you lost get restored, too. Like self-confidence and self-esteem, for starters.
In the end, you're not really paying for the Hair System itself - the base with coloured hair tied to it. When it is done right, you're paying for what the Hair Replacement system does for you, which is to improve the quality of your life by restoring your natural look. When this is accomplished right, the cost for Hair Replacement seems very small indeed. You realize that restoring your hair is something you can't afford to do.
There are companies that sell Hair Systems over the Internet, through mail order. They teach you how to measure your balding areas and order your hair. This is not a recommended approach. Those companies are unable to work on the systems. These tend to be cheap systems that the user throws away after a few months rather than pay to have hair inserted and the colour refreshed ... and the hair systems reattached to the head.
Remember, Hair Replacement is an investment in your life and well being. You have to do your research to find out which companies do the best work. "Undetectability" is the keyword there. Go to the Internet and read testimonials and look at client photos. Better yet, ask the company you contact to show you a client up close and personal. You want to make sure you get enough bang for your buck.
For many years synthetic fibres were the mainstay of the hair replacement industry. In the 1980s the trend started to shift to human hair for hair systems and the demand started. In the 1990's we began to see a huge trend for human hair for hair extensions and as that demand grew into the 21st century the supply began to wane.
With the huge demand for more and more quality human hair there will come a time very soon that we will see the use of synthetic fibres for hair replacements and extensions. Fortunately there have been huge technological improvements in the development of synthetic fibres specifically for the hair replacement industry. The newest High Tech fibres being used have been in the developmental stages for over 10 years and are now being used quite widely in the men's hair replacement and ladies wig production. The High Tech fibres are significantly different from their mod acrylic counterparts with features that make them very palatable for the consumer and stylist friendly. These new fibres are generally nylon or polyester-based products. They are stronger than modacrylic fibres and have much higher heat retention meaning they can now be styled with thermal styling tools without the fear of melting or frizzing. The heat retention also affords the fibre to better maintain its curl pattern and in most cases, the hair replacement systems made with these fibres can hold up for extended periods of time and maintain a fresh look. While the base of the hair system might break down and fall apart, the fibre/hair still looks brand new.
There is no doubt that with the increase in demand for human hair, the new High Tech fibres will become the only way to meet the growing demand. Thanks to the advances in science and technology, new hair products are always being developed and their quality and usefulness are growing rapidly. Just a few years ago, fibre hair replacement was just beginning to take shape, and in just a short time it's quickly becoming a standard in the hair replacement industry. It's also replacing old synthetic hair that was very commonly used in hair replacement systems for many years. Older synthetic hair looks and feels much less "human" than newer advanced fibres. It can often be bristly and scratchy in texture and some hair wearers find it quite uncomfortable. There's a very strong likely hood that newer synthetic fibre hair will supplant human hair as the "go-to" option for hair replacement in the coming years due to its amazingly human quality and extreme durability. A move to fibre hair in hairpieces could ultimately lead to longer-lasting and more natural-looking hair replacement solutions and quite possibly lower the overall hair replacement costs consumers are faced with.
Hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is a condition that affects both men and women equally. Surgical hair transplantation is the only solution for restoring the lost hair in pattern baldness when medical hair restoration does not offer you a good hair re-growth. If you have well-defined and clearly established areas or patterns of baldness on the crown with healthy dense coverage of hair at the sides and the back of the head, you are probably suitable for a hair transplant surgery. Hair that is transplanted in the frontal region of the skull generally offers the best results. However, a hair transplant procedure can also be carried out on any other area of your head if you have some bald patch there.
It is best to have detailed information about the hair transplant procedure before you make plans to undergo a surgery. It is only after you have read through all the information that you can understand and appreciate the significance of surgical hair restoration. The information will also help you decide whether you are the right candidate for the hair transplant surgery. Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.
All those who can opt for a hair transplant:
Hair replacement isn’t a good option for:
Two types of procedures
It's worth noting that there are new surgical techniques involved in hair transplants:
Hair transplant do, of course, utilise your own natural hair and re-growth can be expected within 4 weeks of surgery. Great care must be taken during your recovery period to protect the newly-transplanted hair. However, once it is deemed safe to resume normal activities, the results can be life-transforming. A successful hair transplant is permanent and can restore confidence and self-esteem.
Immediately after hair transplantation, you need to exercise little extra care to derive the best benefits. This includes immediate postoperative care, some common with most other surgeries and some very specific to hair transplantation.
The following things will happen immediately after transplant, throughout the first week:
Everyone's body is unique and responds differently to hair transplantation. Go for periodic review with your doctor to understand how your body is responding.
Everyone has heard of or even seen hair transplant horror stories, maybe in a magazine, online or even worse seen the obvious 'plugs' in an elderly friend or relative. However hair transplant surgery has jumped leaps and bound in recent years to make it a viable, safe and not too risky option for those suffering from male pattern baldness, many celebrities such as Nicholas Cage, Brendan Fraser Mather MOcanhey, Dwayne Johnson ('the Rock', WWE) Salman Khan (Bollywood) and even Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are believed to have had hair transplantation surgery, although such is the stigma attached that none of them has admitted to it publicly, it only becomes obvious when studying before and after pictures.
History of Hair Transplant
The origins of hair transplant surgery stem from Japanese dermatologist, Dr Okuda, who in 1939 published a revolutionary method in a Japanese medical journal of using small grafts that were similar to the way hair transplantation is performed today. This method involved using hair transplant grafts to correct lost hair from various body areas, including the scalp, eyebrow, and moustache areas.
In the late 50's one physician, in particular, Dr Norman Orentreich began to experiment with the idea of relocating or transplanting the hair on the back and sides of the head to the balding areas. Dr Orentreich's experiments showed that when bald resistant hairs from the back and sides of the head were relocated, they maintained their bald resistant genetic characteristic regardless of where they were transplanted.
This principle is known as "Donor Dominance", which highlights that hair could be transplanted from the bald resistant donor areas to the balding areas and continue to grow for a life time. This laid the foundation for modern hair transplantation. During the '60s and '70s hair transplants grew in popularity. However, the standard of care involved the use of larger grafts that were removed by round punches and often contained many hairs.
In the '80s hair restoration surgery evolved dramatically, as the large punch grafts were gradually replaced with a more refined combination of mini and micro-grafts. This "combination mini micro-grafting" hair transplantation procedure no longer used the punch to extract the bald resistant grafts. Rather a strip of bald resistant hair was surgically removed from the back of the head and then trimmed into mini and micro-grafts.
Types of Hair Transplant
There are two main types of hair transplant surgery. These mainly include-
1. Follicular Unit Transplant, which is commonly known as FUT or 'strip surgery'
2. Follicular unit extraction, commonly known as FUE.
The main difference is the method of extracting the transplanted hair. FUT and FUE are really complimentary forms of HT, not competing methods of which one must make a choice.
FUT versus FUE
The '90s saw the gradual introduction of a very refined surgical procedure now known as "follicular unit hair transplantation" or "FUT". This exacting and labour intensive procedure transplants hairs in their naturally occurring one, two, three, and four hair "follicular unit groupings" in which they grow naturally.
The concept of creating the entire hair restoration using exclusively follicular units was proposed by Dr Robert Bernstein and was described in the 1995 Bernstein and Rassman publication "Follicular Transplantation". Critical to the success of the follicular unit hair transplant procedure was the introduction of the binocular microscope by Dr Bobby Limmer of San Antonio Texas in the late 1980s.
Dr Limmer found that by using the microscope to examine the donor tissue he and his staff were able to successfully isolate and trim the naturally occurring follicular units into individual grafts. Dr Limmer shared his techniques and findings with his colleagues and together with Drs. Bernstein, Rassman and Seager, was a persuasive advocate for the follicular unit hair.
The process involving follicular hair transplants is considered to be the most effective among hair restoration methods. In a follicular hair transplant, the surgeon transplants hair from the permanent zone in the back of the scalp onto the affected areas.
If you need a large area covered, then you most likely want to go for FUT because it is the more economical in terms of the number of grafts for the price paid. If you absolutely, positively don't want strip surgery as you are worried about scarring, then FUE is your only alternative. Contrary to popular belief, both methods leave scars. FUT will leave a narrow line across the back of your head, whereas FUE will leave little unpigmented dots across the back of your head. The only difference is that the FUE scars are not concentrated together and therefore harder to detect when wearing hair very short.
There is no doubt that FUE procedures are harsher on the grafts than FUT procedures. Because of this, the final growth yields tend to be lower for FUE compared to FUT. But BOTH procedures work for the most part.
Hair Transplant Cost
FUT surgeries are performed by reputable surgeons around the world however FUE is mostly available through a number of specialists, the vast majority of reputable ones that I know of are in the United States and Canada. Pricing for FUE from these reputable surgeons is currently close to $7- $11 US dollars per graft for FUE, and depending on what level on the Norwood Scale, a scale used to measure the progression of male pattern baldness, can be quite costly. Pricing for FUT from these same surgeons is normally in the range of $4-6 per graft, however, in Asia and Eastern Europe prices can be even lower.
Does cheaper means better?
Many of my clients do sometimes look to cut costs by using other surgeons especially in countries such as India, Pakistan, Thailand and Eastern Europe. Although I'm sure there have been success stories via this route please remember in these countries there is little guarantee or action available to you if something does go wrong. I have seen hair transplant using the FUT method, although not a horror story in terms of scarring or suffering, it did not yield the expected results of a more established surgeon placing the same number of grafts (2,000). He is therefore left with poor hair coverage but now has lost the option to 'shave it all off' due to huge smiley-faced scar in the back of his head!
Check, Check and Check
It is recommended that you should consider the hair transplant surgery option only after having tried the non-surgical treatments on the market. Then when you certain you wish to get a hair transplant I would advice thoroughly researching reputable doctors, of course, price is always an issue, but in the case of hair transplants, it should not be the most important factor. Indeed the money saved is nothing compared to the trauma of having to live with a badly scarred scalp for the rest of your life. If you decide to go for more budget surgeon, please do insist on seeing photos of the surgeon’s previous work and do not be afraid to ask for contact details of their previous patients.
Results and permanence are the only ways to differentiate between hair transplant and all other types of hair restoration solutions. The best part of getting a hair transplant done is that it feels and looks so natural that most will not be able to figure out whether you got the procedure done. This is possible due to the advancements made in medical technology in recent times.
There are mainly two different ways to extract and transplant numerous hair follicles i.e. follicle units. Presently there are only two main techniques for hair transplantation, which differ from each other only in one aspect which is the way the cosmetic surgeon extracts the hair follicles from the scalp of the donor. The two methods are FUE i.e. Follicular Unit Extraction and FUT i.e. Follicular Unit Transplantation.
1. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)-
No scalp tissue will be removed if you choose Follicular Unit Extraction method since every follicular unit is taken directly and individually from the scalp. The physician removes the hair follicles randomly, which results in less density; which most people maintain is not even noticeable. However, since the hair follicles are removed individually, the number of follicles which can be harvested in a session is very less compared to the FUT method. It is considered the best method for hair restoration in minor cases i.e. if the person does not suffer from advanced hair loss. This method boasts of faster healing time and less discomfort.
2. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)-
If you opt for the Follicular Unit Transplantation method of hair transplant, the surgeon will remove a small strip of tissue, in order to extract the hair follicles present, from the back of your head. A skilled clinical team will then harvest the hair follicles from the strip and transplant them to the recipient areas individually. If you have advanced hair loss, you should opt for this method instead of FUE because the physician can deliver the best results and guarantee you satisfaction utilizing the entire scalp area. You may also choose Follicular Unit Transplantation since it ensures most number of grafts which can be transplanted in a single session.
Hair transplant is regarded as one of the most common cosmetic procedures, mostly undergone by male patients. Hair transplant could come to great help for all those, who are facing the problem of alopecia or hair loss and cannot afford to bear the cost of hair restoration surgery.
Hair Transplant is kind of surgery that helps to move hair, which people already have, to fill up areas having very less or no hair.
The procedure is carried out in the following manner:
Benefits of Hair Transplant
There are several benefits which people, who are suffering from hair loss, should consider and hence, go for hair transplant. The benefits include: