Modern hair transplantation is based on the principle that hair follicles moved from an area on the back of the head to a balding area on the same person, will take root and grow for the person’ lifetime.
In addition to male pattern hair loss (MPHL) and female pattern hair loss (FPHL), hair transplant surgery can help improve the appearance of areas of hair thinning ( eg eyebrows ) or scarring on hair bearing areas from prior injuries or surgery, and from a number of diseases that cause hair loss.
- Follicular Unit Transplanting (FUT)
Hair grows naturally in small groups called follicular units (FU). A FU may contain 1, 2, 3 or more hair.
In this procedure, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the head (donor). The FU are then carefully separate and placed into tiny holes made with a small needle in the balding area (recipient). Modern FUT creates a natural-looking growth of hair, even after only 1 session. It is also used to correct any abnormality from older transplantation techniques.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Individual FUs are carefully removed with a motorized handpiece directly from the scalp, rather than from a strip of donor hair. There is a limit to the number of hairs that can be harvested with in this manner, typically less than 800-1000 FUs. This is a preferred method for those who prefer to wear their hair less than 2mm in length as it does not produce a linear scar. This method can be used to fill in small areas of scarring on the scalp.
Both forms of hair restoration surgery are completed within a day. You will be provided with clear pre and post –procedural advice.
The results of your surgery is best seen after 9-18 months. Please speak to your dermatologist to confirm if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.