Hair Transplantation Procedures
Hair Transplantation Procedures
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Hair Transplantation Procedures

Extensive hair loss causes bald patches on the scalp. The hair follicles in these areas are no longer active and can’t produce new hair strands. The reasons can be many and change from one person to another. 

Similarly, there are various hair restoration procedures and treatments to promote hair growth and increase volume. However, not all hair rejuvenation methods are suitable for everyone. In some cases, hair transplant is the best solution. 

What is Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant is the process of moving/transplanting hair from one place on the scalp to another to promote even hair growth. This can be done if you have thicker hair growth in at least some parts of the head. 

How Hair Transplantation Works

Hair transplantation is used to restore hair due to balding, thinning, or injury. Since your own hair is used in the process (to avoid complications), this procedure is not recommended if you have widespread baldness, thin hair, scalp injuries, or lost hair due to chemotherapy and other medication. To check your candidacy for the treatment, one should consult the expert. 

Healthy hair follicles are transplanted to the thinning and balding areas to promote hair growth naturally. In the next few weeks, new hair will grow in the treated area. It will also shed and thin over time. 

Reports by NCBI show that around 10% to 80% of transplanted hair will grow fully in three to four months. While hair transplantation can be less effective in people with dormant hair follicles, pl-as-ma therapy can boost hair growth by 75%. 

Hair transplantation can be done in mini and micro patches, depending on the requirements.

Types of Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is typically categorized into two types – 

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
    Also known as follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) or grafting, the process involves removing a strip of the scalp (usually from the back of the head) and fragmenting it into smaller bits called grafts. Sometimes, each graft contains a single hair strand. These are individually inserted into the target area with a needle or surgical blade. Once done, both areas are bandaged for healing. 
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
    In FUE, the surgeon will shave the back of the head and extract individual hair follicles. These will then be inserted into areas with little or no hair. This is done by punching small holes into the scalp and placing the follicles inside. Both areas are bandaged afterward.
Other Hair Transplantation Methods
  • Scalp Reduction
    Scalp reduction is also called alopecia reduction, where the bald surface is reduced by removing a portion of it from the scalp. The areas with hair around the bald surface are loosened and pulled to cover the space. Then, it is stitched in place. Scalp reduction is suitable if you have bald areas at the top or back of the head. This procedure is combined with grafting in some cases. 
  • Flap Surgery
    Flap surgery is phased over multiple weeks and performed to cover the bald areas on the front. Superficial cuts are made to three sides of the donor area, and the fourth side is left to ensure blood supply. Then, this flap is lifted and stitched on the balding area. This procedure requires general anaesthesia and is painful. 
  • Tissue Expansion
    Tissue expansion is a hair transplant method where implants are inserted into the scalp with healthy hair to expand the tissues. The implants are left for several weeks to do the job. Once the tissue has stretched to the required size, it is extended to cover the balding areas and stitched in place. This procedure is suitable if you lost hair due to burns.
Recovery and Side Effects of Hair Transplant

Hair transplantation is a surgical process. All methods require a high downtime and take many weeks to heal. This increases the risk of injections, bruising, swelling, pain, etc. The side effects can be minimized by following the surgeon’s instructions without fail. The surgeries have to be performed by a senior dermatologist who is an expert in hair procedures. 

It may take up to a year to see the full results of a hair transplant. Periodic checkups and maintenance treatments are necessary to continue having healthy hair on the head. 

Book an appointment at Mehektagul Dermaclinic and get a consultation with a senior dermatologist to find the best hair transplantation procedure. Having natural-looking, healthy hair with little to no side effects is what you can achieve. To know more, visit our clinic now!

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