‘Invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off’- This proverb clearly fits in when it comes to deciding for hair fall problems. Are you the one who chooses to stay stressed over his/her hair loss or are you the one who takes some action for the same? 85% of males and 40% of females suffer from hair loss problems which makes it invaluable to treat this issue as early as possible.
When the scalp starts to lose hair temporarily or permanently, it leads to hair loss. It can occur due to heredity, hormonal changes, aging, or even due to any medical conditions. Baldness is typically excessive hair loss from the scalp which is more commonly seen in men.
However, excessive hair loss in women is also seen due to heavy medications and other reasons too. This growing concern of baldness or a receding hairline can impact one’s mental health as one feels threatened by lowering self-esteem.
Thus, various hair loss treatments include several methods of hair transplant to fix your problem with natural-looking hair.
There are 2 highly recommended methods of hair transplant which include:
- Follicular Unit Extraction
- Follicular Unit Transplant.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a non surgical method to prevent hair loss and improve density minimally. Each method has its own benefits and disadvantages. This article will give you a brief insight on these three hair restoration techniques which may help you to choose the suitable one for yourself!
Follicular Unit Extraction:
This method is popular among patients who suffer from balding or thinning manes. In Follicular Unit Extraction, hair is transplanted to the recipient area to give a naturally thicker hair appearance. The technique used in this is completely done manually which includes processes like extraction, transplantation, or implantation by a skilled hair transplant surgeon.
The follicular Unit Extraction procedure begins as the doctor visualizes the area of the scalp where the hair is needed to be harvested. The donor area will then be cleansed and anesthetized before extraction. The extraction method is done with any of the two methods of dissection: Sharp or Blunt. The Sharp punch dissection method for a more consistent graft limits the depth of punch insertion to avoid transection of the follicle. Whereas, blunt punch dissection is less likely to transect the follicles into the lumen of the punch.
Around 2,400-5000 grafts will be implanted to the bald areas. The donor area is selected very carefully so that over-harvesting won’t turn into temporary hair loss. This method is highly recommended for hair loss caused due to hair thinning, receding hairline, or bald spots. It can only then, give the result of the naturally thickening appearance of hair regrowth.
Follicular Unit Transplantation:
With the advent of interesting scientific techniques, naturally looking hairlines have become possible. Right hair density without medicines or fake wigs is obtained just by conducting Hair Transplant surgery done within few months. Follicular Unit Transplantation is an invasive surgery to help cover bald spots caused by hair loss.
In this method, the surgeon cuts the strip of skin from the back or side of your head and then extracts individual hair follicles to the balding region of the scalp. The surgeon will then remove individual hair follicles from the strip and prepare them for transplantation. Then, the hair follicle will be inserted in a pattern into the balding parts of your scalp. It is more time-efficient than Follicular Unit extraction. Transplanted hair in the new area of the scalp starts to grow back in about three to four months.
This hair restoration technique is performed only after giving local anaesthesia. It is also more cost effective than any other artificial hair treatment method. In short, it allows a low resection rate which gives permanent natural-looking hair and is grown uniformly and intact. Also, as the scalp is treated with the surgical method it may feel a little sore and so necessary medications should be taken. Also, pain, infection, or bleeding may rarely be experienced in the area of transplantation. Antibiotics will be provided to reduce the risk of infection.
Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP):
This is a non-surgical hair loss treatment where a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. Platelet Rich Plasma for hair loss is thus, said to trigger natural growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle which will increase the thickness of the hair shaft. This non-surgical treatment may sometimes be carried out along with certain medications to give proper hair loss treatment.