Did you know that by the age of 35 nearly two-thirds of men will have some degree of hair loss? That number jumps to about 85% after the age of 50. Not only do men suffer from hair loss but nearly half of the number of hair loss sufferers in the United States are women. It is no shock that there are many people out there looking at hair transplant surgery or other hair restoration methods that work.
Sadly, it seems that there are many products that don’t actually work and are only there to drain your bank account and provide false hope. There is some good news in all of this though. Over the last few years, there have been advancements in hair transplant techniques and technologies that have proven to give long-lasting results.
Surgical Hair Restoration
For those who have significant hair loss, surgical hair transplantation is the only way to restore natural hair growth to areas that have balded.
There are two different surgical hair transplant methods. There is the FUT or the follicular unit transplant and the FUE or the follicular unit extraction. The best method to use is going to be up to your surgeon and what you discuss with them.
The FUT Method
This method of hair transplant involves taking a strip of skin with hair follicles from the donor site. This strip is often from the back of your head where balking is less prone to happen and the hair is fuller. From this skin, small groups of tissue with anywhere from 10 to 15 hair follicles, will be cut to prepare for transplantation. While this is happening, tiny individual holes are made in the recipient site where you are experiencing balding.
This method has been around for over twenty years. Sadly, this technique does still have downsides. This type of surgery can take many hours and depending on the number of grafts placed, there is no way to hide the scar on the back of the head. Not only that, you will have to take care of both the incision on the back of the head and the recipient sites during recovery.
The FUE Method
This method is done to get the same results as the FUT while addressing the disadvantages. Just like the FUT the FUE involves harvesting hair follicles from a donor site at the back of the head. However, unlike the FUT there is no strip of tissue being removed from the back of the head. Instead, it collects individual hair follicles to place directly into the recipient site. This means more time in surgery but less scarring in the long run.