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All people are obsessed with their hair whether men, women or even children.
We all take care of our hair because it really differs in our appearance…who doesn’t want a healthy and dense hair?
Therefore, we always try different hair products, follow any hair remedy we hear about, ask about new hair treatments and try finding various solutions for any hair problem that suddenly appears.
Surely when you think about the most annoying hair problems “Hair loss” would be the first thing that pops into your mind!
It is normal to lose 100 hair per day as long as new hair grows instead but when factors like age, genetics or hormonal changes interrupt this process, you will experience hair loss.
In this context,
You will know more about hair transplant different methods, side effects, suitable candidates, What happens after the surgery, After surgery care plan and things you should know before undergoing the surgery.
Let us start with a simple question,
What is Hair transplant?
Hair transplant is a permanent solution for hair loss which gives you very natural look and it is very effective in hair replacement and restoring self-confidence and good looking.
You might be wondering about its mechanism!
It is done by removing hair follicles from different body parts (donor area) like face, scalp or leg and planting them in the hairless areas (Recipient area) in the scalp, chest, eyebrows and even eyelashes.
Now, you are ready to know different procedures for hair transplant
FUE vs FUT
There are two different methods of hair transplant which are FUE “Follicular unit extraction” and FUT “Follicular unit transplantation”
We will compare them depending on many factors as follows;
Method of hair extraction
In Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
Each hair follicle is extracted individually from donor area (usually the back of the neck) using a specific surgical instrument then, the doctor punctures the recipient area by surgical needle and then inserts the extracted hair follicles with a specific pattern that gives a natural look.
In Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)
A strip of tissue from the donor area (usually back and sides of the scalp) is extracted then the doctor cuts it into individual units and punctures the scalp to insert the follicular units
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
It isn’t a painful procedure, you will undergo local anesthesia and it doesn`t require any stitches so you will not experience pain or discomfort, you may experience mild pain after the surgery but you can manage it with analgesics and it has faster healing time than FUT.
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)
Removing a strip of the tissue causes swelling, being stitched causes discomfort and pain after the surgery more than FUE and takes more time to heal, but the pain is manageable by analgesics too.
FUE leaves small scars in puncture sites that are not visible and heal fast.
FUT leaves a linear scar but it is very thin and can be concealed by different hairstyles and it fades over the time.
Since FUE depends on extracting hair follicles individually which consumes more effort and time, This made it more expensive than FUT. But when it comes to a permanent solution for hair loss the cost is worth it.
Which one should you choose?
FUE now is more preferable due to less pain and discomfort after surgery than FUT and that it has no stitches and takes faster time to heal but your doctor is the only one who can decide which procedure is suitable for you.
Who is the best candidate for hair transplant?
Hair transplant is not a magical solution for anyone, There are some points that must be put into consideration before undergoing the surgery like :
Men are better candidates for hair transplant than women.
Because they experience localized hair loss so it would be easy for the doctor to implant the grafts cause the bald areas are obvious but women usually experience thinning of hair in different areas so it would be difficult to determine the area that needs implants.
But it is good for women who,
Have pattern baldness are suitable candidates for the surgery.
Men under 25 years old are not suitable for hair transplant as their hair loss pattern is not fully established, They may only suffer from regular hair loss that can be treated by medications.
Flexible scalp makes hair follicles extraction and implantation easier for the surgeon.
It’s important to have dense hair in the donor area cause if the hair is thin that means there is no much hair to transplant.
Having thick and coarse hair is better than having thin hair as it gives better results after the surgery.
People who have light hair colors are good candidates for hair transplant as their hair color is similar to the scalp so few implants will give good coverage.
Hair transplant is a great solution for burn victims who have bald patches but they can undergo the surgery after their scalp is healed.
People who suffer from scalp disease like diffuse unpatterned alopecia are bad candidates for hair transplant as hair loss affects the entire scalp so the donor area doesn’t have enough hair to be transplanted.
Permanent hair loss
Hair transplant is for permanent hair loss only like male pattern baldness not for seasonal or temporary hair loss.
You should be healthy and have a good immune system to be able to undergo the surgery to prevent complications that may happen after the surgery.
Okay, I am a good candidate for hair transplant but,
What Happens After Hair transplant?
After the surgery you will take some medications like analgesics for pain, antibiotics to prevent infection and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling. after several days you will be able to return to work.
Your transplanted hair will shed off in the two or three weeks after the surgery to give space for the new hair to grow this process takes from 4 to 6 months.
Like any medical procedure,
Hair transplant Side effects
Hair transplant has some side effects that you should know before undergoing the surgery, however, they can be managed easily.
You may find some bleeding after the surgery which is part of the recovery process.
How can I manage it?
It will recover on its own, but if it persists you should consult your surgeon.
After the anesthesia is worn off, There is going to be a mild pain after the surgery
How can I manage it?
It can be relieved by analgesics and painkillers.
You may get an infection in the hair follicles after the surgery but it is not common due to antibiotics that you take before and after the surgery.
Swelling of the scalp
Swelling happens after the surgery in the head and often around the eyes but it takes few days to recover.
How can I manage it?
Elevating your head will help in reducing the swelling.
You can use ice packs to reduce swelling but don’t put it on the grafts directly
Scars will appear in the donor area
How can I manage it?
They can be concealed and will fade in few months.
It is ordinary to have itching in the scalp but it will last for few days only. Moreover, you should avoid scratching cause you might displace the transplanted hair.
It could happen that the transplanted hair would look unnatural but it depends on the plan the surgeon sets before the surgery.
You will experience hair thinning after the surgery but it is a normal phase and thickness would take time to come back after the surgery.
Shock loss is a temporary phase and not common, It happens when grafts are implanted in bald areas then the surrounding hair get traumatized and fall out but it will regrow back within few months.
What is very important to be known is,
After hair transplant care plan
The period after the surgery is very important to ensure a successful recovery, you just need to follow the following tips,
- Follow up with your doctor
- Take your medications as prescribed
- Avoid swimming pools and steam rooms
- Avoid sweating or excessive physical stress
- Keep your head wrapped for the first day to avoid contact with your grafts
- Protect your head with a hat when you’re outside and avoid direct sun contact
- Keep your head elevated to reduce excessive swelling and to prevent friction between the pillow and the grafts
- Keep your scalp clean, You will be able to wash your hair within two days after the surgery, Use a baby shampoo and wash your scalp gently with a circular motion
Do you want to know the latest hair transplant technique?
There is a new approach to hair transplant that could treat hair loss permanently but it’s still under development which is :
Stem cell Hair Transplant
Before explaining the method,
you have to know that stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can be developed into any cell type in the body.
“Stem cell hair transplant” is similar to known hair transplant methods but instead of removing a large number of hair follicles, it involves removing small tissue from the skin with hair follicles in it and then the follicles are replicated in the lab and implanted in bald areas
According to a study by University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences states that :
“ Researchers have discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in the hair follicle to make hair grow. The research may lead to new drugs that could promote hair growth for people with baldness or alopecia, which is hair loss associated with such factors as hormonal imbalance, stress, aging or chemotherapy treatment”
What is special about the stem cells technique?
- Does not require dense hair in the donor area
- It improves the quality of hair not only growing new hair
- It is not a surgery and it is more simple than other methods
- Hair grows back in the recipient area and the donor area as well
Things you should know before undergoing hair transplant
- Choose a good clinic and surgeon
- Your transplanted hair is treated like normal hair
- Be patient, Cause results take some time to appear
- Understand the side effects that may occur after the surgery
- Ask other patients about their experience with hair transplant
- Search and read a lot about different methods of hair transplant
- Make sure that your new hairstyle will suit you and look natural
- Hair transplant methods are very expensive but they save you from spending too much money on useless hair treatments and products
Expected Results From Hair Transplant For Women
We have almost reached the end,
I would like to sum up what this article is talking about as follows:
- What is hair transplant?
- How does it work?
- Different methods of hair transplant (FUE &FUT)
- Best candidates for hair transplant
- What happens after a hair transplant?
- Hair transplant side effects
- After Hair transplant care plan
- What is new in hair transplant?
- Stem cell hair transplant
- Things you should know before undergoing hair transplant
At the bottom line,
Hair transplant is a big decision, you must study it well and try imagining your new hairstyle whether it will suit you or not maybe you look better with your thin hair! So do all your searches and inspections till you take the right decision that most suits you. I hope this article helped you a little bit and I’m looking for your reviews, Have a good day!