A procedure where a dermatological or plastic surgeon moves hair to a balding region of a person’s head, a hair transplant usually takes hair from the side or back of a head and places it to the top or front. It generally occurs while a patient is under local anesthesia, within a medical office.
Two techniques are used when obtaining transplant follicles, and they are:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): A scalpel is used to remove a strip of skin from the back of a person’s head where the incision is about seven inches long. It is then stitched up, and the surgeon separates the portion taken out of the scalp in small sections with a surgical knife and magnifying lens. After implanted, these sections will assist in the growth of hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): Meanwhile with an FUE, the procedure entails hair follicles cut directly out of the back of a person’s head (where the hair transplant is taking place), via small punch holes with a needle or blade. Hairs are gently placed within the incisions, and during a single treatment, a surgeon can place up more than a thousand hairs on a person’s head!, Once the session is done a gauze, bandage, or graph is placed on the scalp for a few days after.
A hair transplant can take about four-plus hours, and stitches are removed in-and-around 10 days after the treatment takes place. Some individuals require three to four procedures to achieve a full head of hair, and sessions take place several months between each other to allow for a successful recovery.
Below are 10 considerations while deciding on a hair transplant.
While there are many benefits around hair transplant treatments, there can be minor complications, which can clear up within a few weeks, and are not overly concerning; however, it is still important for people to weigh out the risks involved. Some minor complications include:
Shock Loss: A sudden, (yet generally) a temporary loss of the hair that has been transplanted
Bruising around the eyes that do clear up
Minor infections that can be taken care of with antibiotics
A crust formation on the regions where hair was implanted or removed (your surgeon can talk about ways to help clear this during recovery)