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FUE hair transplants: a revolution in the making

Hair transplantation can be credited with helping a number of people help regain confidence in their looks. It is an active area of research and the public interest on the subject has only grown over time. The most commonly used method of hair transplantation is FUT or Follicle Unit Transplantation. In this method, a strip of hair containing tissue is extracted from the donor region of the body. Next, the hair follicles in the tissue are placed in the recipient areas.

However, recently, a more sophisticated and refined method has been changing the hair transplantation landscape: FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction.

FUE hair transplants: the process

In FUE hair transplants, individual hair follicles are extracted using a special extraction instrument which is less than 1 mm in diameter. Once these follicles have been extracted, they are then placed in predetermined places in the recipient area with the help of powerful microscopes. The are placed one at a time or in a group of four hairs, the same pattern in which hairs naturally grow.

Though it sounds simple, it has some complications associated with it. The hair follicles which are removed are now devoid of nutrition. Hence, they need to be re-placed soon or they may wither away. Also, due to the complexity of the process, follicles may be transected in the process. If a follicle is transected, it is no longer useful. The number of transected follicles can get to worrying levels, in case the surgeon is not skilled enough.

Pros

Despite the complexity, FUE hair transplants offer a host of advantages. Firstly, an entire tissue is not extracted. This saves the number of hair follicles lost by the donor region and also causes less pain. Moreover, FUE hair transplants only leave behind small round patches of bare skin rather than a large patch as in the case of a FUT. These small patches lead to a faster recovery.

Also, an FUE can be planned on seperate and consecutive days while an FUT cannot be.

Cons

There are, no doubt, certain practical problems associated with FUE hair transplants. They require more skilled surgeons, are more complex and take more time. Consequentially, they are also more expensive.

Besides, the number of follicles which may be transected remains a concern. The process also suffers from another drawback. The time taken between removing a hair follicle and placing it back cannot be too long. Else, the follicle may wither away.

Conclusion

FUE hair transplants may require a lot of skill and may, at present, also be expensive but they are here to stay. They are less invasive, less painful and much more sophisticated. Overall, they produce much better results. Also, over time, more efficient ways will help in cutting down the high costs presently associated with the system!

Hair Transplant, a better alternative to loss of hair

While many people shy away from the topic of hair transplant especially women, it is now a subject worth discussing and considering. Over the years a vast majority of men have struggled with baldness and this in turn has made some lack self esteem and self worth. Most have resulted to using wigs. Furthermore a lot of women are now suffering from hair loss due to various factors e.g. medical conditions, too much tension on the scalp when the hair is plaited or even due to their beauty regime etc.

Hair transplant is a simple surgery that involves moving hair from a thick region to fill in a balding area or a thinning area and within 6 to 9 months one should start noticing new hair growth in the region transplanted. It is important to note that the transplanted hair will not bald as might be the case around it.

While most insurance companies do not cover this surgery as it is considered a cosmetic surgery, the cost will be determined by the size being transplanted. However the cost is bearable if you factor in use of wigs over a lifetime especially for young people experiencing hair loss or the general boost of self esteem brought about by the transplant.

If you are thinking about having a hair transplant, do a thorough research on the surgeon you want to use. He/ She should not only be doing the transplant but should also address the root cause of the hair loss to begin with.

About

So a quick little background about me. My great grandfather was bald, my grandfather was bald, my father was bald, so you guessed it, I ended up being bald too. While the previous generations of my family had to either accept the fact that they were bald or go for a cheap toupee or wig, I have been lucky enough to be living in an era where you no longer have to be bald.

These days, there are many different procedures you can explore in order to cope with losing your hair, or in order to reverse the effects of baldness. So, if you are like me and have fallen victim to the baldness gene, then do what I did and go in search of the perfect solution to all your baldness fears. You will have a full head of hair in no time.