Untimely hair loss leading to baldness has become a major beauty issue, especially amongst the youth across the globe. The problem not only affects the physical appearance of the individuals but is also diminishes their sense of self confidence and hinders and even makes them feel embarrassed. But thankfully, medical science has developed a long lasting and effective solution in the form of hair transplant treatment for this problem, which is attributed mainly to the lifestyle changes and the growing pollution levels that individuals are exposed to in the modern times.
What Is Hair Transplant?
As the name suggests, hair transplant is a procedure where in hair is planted into the bald areas of the scalp. It is a cosmetic procedure that is basically aimed at reversing the affects of untimely and permanent hair loss and is generally completed in multiple phases. Each phase involves planting the hair follicles harvested from one part of the scalp of the patient called the donor site, on the bald area of the scalp called the receiving site. Depending upon the level of baldness and the hair re-growth rate of individuals, they might need to go through only a couple of sittings or a series of sittings timed over an extended duration.
There are generally three most popular methods of hair transplant used by surgeons across the globe. The choice of the most appropriate method depends on a variety of factors, including the health of patient hair and scalp, the extent of hair loss and the post procedural expectations of the patients. These two methods are discussed in detail as follows.
Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation
This is an extremely popular and successful method of hair transplantation that gives a completely natural look and feel. Follicular hair transplant or FUT as it is commonly known is the traditional method used for hair restoration. The procedure involves the extraction of a linear strip of hair containing a group of hair follicles from the donor area. The strip is then dissected into smaller sections, with each section containing no more than 1-4 hair follicles. These smaller sections are then harvested in the receptor area on the scalp to allow them to grow in a natural manner. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience some scarring in the donor area from where the strip of scalp is extracted.
Follicular Unit Extraction
This is the most advanced method used for overcoming the problem of baldness and is fast emerging as the preferred choice of patients as well as surgeons. The method is not only less invasive and painful than the traditional FUT method but is also a lot more cost effective. The procedure involves the extraction of individual follicles from the donor area which are then directly implanted into the receptor area. The method proves considerably effective in ensuring a natural hair growth while also minimizing the scarring and bleeding of the donor area, which is a common phenomenon in FUT procedure. This method also offers greater flexibility in terms of hair styling once the procedure is complete and the desired results have been achieved.
Robotic Hair Transplant
This latest method of hair re-growth takes the FUE treatment one step further and uses a robotic system for harvesting the follicular unit grafts in an automatic manner. This method of treatment is preferred by patients to get the best results thanks to the unparalleled precision offered by this method. It also minimizes the scarring and pain suffered by patients in other methods of treatment.
The looks and appearance of an individual are given great significance in the modern world. Hence, it is only natural for people to seek one of the above methods of hair transplant to get rid of the problem of premature baldness.