Hair Transplant

What is Hair Restoration?

Hair restoration, in general terms, refers to hair loss treatments of various types. However, we know there are no effective medications to cure baldness completely; rather they only help arrest hair fall to certain extent, so the term hair restoration would find no meaning in the context of medications. In today’s scenario, hair restoration best describes different types of hair transplants that help you restore your natural hair through surgical procedure.

Hair Restoration Techniques

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the most popular hair restoration technique practiced by hair transplant surgeons. In FUE, individual follicles of hair are removed under local anesthesia. Each hair follicle is then transplanted on the thinning area using special devices. Unlike the strip method that removes a strip of scalp with healthy hair follicles, FUE extracts individual hair follicles, so only small punctate scar remains on the scalp. No surgical or post-op treatment is required, and the person can resume normal activities the next day of hair transplant.

The success of any hair restoration technique lies in the expertise of the hair transplant surgeon. Proper extraction of hair follicle is of paramount importance to avoid transection. Since hair follicles grow at a slight angle to the skin’s surface, not perpendicular, the transplant tissue must be removed with a corresponding angle and not perpendicular to the surface.

The biggest challenge for hair restoration surgeons is to reduce transection rate. According to John P. Cole, a pioneer in FUE hair transplants, even expert physicians performing FUE hair transplant can sometimes damage as much as to 10-20 percent of the donor hair permanently, creating a visible “thinning” effect to donor areas. Cole claims he has developed a set of patented tools to decrease the damage to donor hair areas, and has achieved an impressive transection rate of under 3 percent.

Hair transplant surgeons use devices like NeoGraft to harvest hair follicles. Neograft uses an automated machine that has a rotating punch that cuts around the hair follicles to separate hair from surrounding attachments. A vacuum component sucks out the graft by forcing it through a small conduit tube. The hair is then stored in a solution at the end of the tube. This hair is grafted in to the previously made slits on the bald areas. Of late, a new technique called ARTAS is gaining popularity for hair transplants. ARTAS is a minimally invasive solution for permanent, natural looking hair. The process involves transplanting healthy follicles to the patient's scalp most affected by baldness with the help of robots. The procedure is minimally invasive and utilizes sophisticated digital mapping and precision robotics to deliver beautiful, natural looking results.

FUE hair restoration is the best way to treat androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. The benefits are many: it is non-invasive and gives a natural looking hair line. However, FUE is costlier than the strip method, making it affordable to elite class. However, with the emergence of supporting

technologies like ARTAS that simplify the effort of surgeons, hair transplant is expected to become cheaper.  



Posted in Hair Transplant by: Sang Ale
2012-10-04 | Hairfear






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