Hair transplant, hair restoration, even hair transplantation: There are many names for a cosmetic procedure that has made incredible gains in popularity over the last decade. Not only men face hair loss and balding. Many women are troubled by thinning hair as well. And both men and women are increasingly turning to hair transplant procedures to rejuvenate their look. So how, exactly, do hair transplant procedures work?
Hair Transplant Procedures Then and Now
The reason hair transplants have been so popular in recent years is that they have become less invasive. At the same time, they are yielding better results.
Hair “transplant” is a big word. It sounds like you take an entire scalp and move it to another head. Of course it’s not like that! Hair transplants are cosmetic procedures where a person’s own hair is transplanted from one area of the head (donor area) to another (recipient area). If you have thinning hair, a receding hairline, or a growing bald spot on top, a hair transplant is a great way to replace that hair. It lets you supplement these areas with good-growing hair from your very own head.
There are different methods of hair transplantation. During the classic “Follicular Unit Transplantation” or FUT procedure, the doctor first identifies an area, typically at the back of your head. He then and removes a strip or several strips of hair to be inserted in the recipient area. As you can imagine, this leaves a rather large piece of scalp to be closed up. The resulting linear scar can be quite prominent. For men in particular this can be an inconvenience, as this scar is impossible to cover up with hair kept short.
Also called the Strip Method, FUT hair transplantation has been used in hair restoration for a long time. It is still used by many providers, simply because it is all they’ve ever known.
However, better and less invasive hair transplant procedures have emerged. One such method is the “Follicular Unit Extraction” or FUE procedure made possible by modern technology. At the leading edge of this technology is the NeoGraft method, which was first developed in Europe. During a NeoGraft hair transplant, individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area using pneumatic pressure. They are then carefully reinserted in the recipient area of the scalp with a small pinprick.
Minimal Downtime and Maximum Results with NeoGraft
FUE hair transplant procedures are so popular because they require little to no downtime for the patient. The FUE session itself can be time consuming, but afterwards the patient simply walks out, ready to begin growing his or her own hair. The biggest inconvenience after an FUE hair transplant is wearing a hat for several days while the tiny red pinpricks disappear. But there is no trauma, no stitching, and no scar. Once your hair starts growing in the new location, no one will be able to detect where it came from.
A good way to look at the difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures is to look at the doctor versus the patient. The FUT method makes it relatively easy for the doctor. Cutting and stitching is what surgeons are good at, and they can do it fast! But it means a longer healing process for the patient, who is left with a scar that is hard to hide. The FUE procedure, on the other hand, is patient centered. The patient gets to have a new head of hair with little or no downtime, while the doctor or technician spends a long time patiently transferring the individual hair follicles to their intended location.
NeoGraft hair transplants require skill and an eye for aesthetics. An experienced NeoGraft technician can create something akin to a work of art, more than just a medical procedure. Before you have a hair transplant, ask if it is administered by a well-trained technician with many years of experience. A physician should always be on staff during any medical procedure. But in the case of an FUE hair transplant, the technician is the real star.
If you’re ready to learn how a hair transplant can help you grow more hair, the best way to get started is by scheduling a personal consultation with your hair doctor.