Hair transplant is a surgical procedure that aims to restore hair growth in areas that have experienced hair loss or thinning. This procedure involves the relocation of healthy hair follicles from a donor site, usually from the denser regions of the scalp at the back or sides, to the areas affected by baldness or thinning, also known as the recipient site.
There are primarily two types of hair transplant procedures that are performed:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): Also termed strip harvesting, FUT entails removing a strip of skin from the donor area and dissecting it into individual follicular units for transplantation.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): In this technique, hair follicles are individually extracted from the donor area using small punches or tools and then implanted into the recipient site.
Additionally, another notable technique is:
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI): DHI is an advanced hair transplant method where hair follicles are individually extracted from the donor area and directly implanted into the recipient site using specialized tools. This technique minimizes the time the follicles spend outside the body, enhancing their survival rate and yielding natural-looking results.
Throughout the procedure, local anesthesia ensures the patient’s comfort. Surgeons meticulously implant the hair follicles, considering factors such as hair direction, angle, and density to replicate natural hair growth patterns.
After the transplant, the newly implanted hair sheds within a few weeks, but fresh growth typically begins within a few months. It may take around 6 to 12 months for the full results of the transplant to manifest, with hair gradually thickening and gaining density.
Hair transplant procedures have significantly evolved and effectively addressed various forms of hair thinning, such as male-pattern baldness and female-pattern hair loss. By utilizing a person’s hair, these procedures offer a long-term solution, providing natural-looking results and significantly enhancing confidence.