The human scalp contains around a 100,000 to 150,000 hairs. However, between 50 to 100 of these are normally lost every day. There are periods during autumn and spring when larger quantities of hair are lost, yet this is no cause for alarm.
If, however, hair loss is more severe and is resulting in bald patches, then that is a different story. The thinning or disappearance of scalp hair, which can be attributable to a number of factors, among which alopecia, may be local or widespread and may be caused by high levels of stress, smoking, drugs, alcohol, exposure to the sun, pollution or a strict diet. Alopecia can also be hereditary.
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The permanent solution to hair loss is hair transplant surgery, which involves transplanting hairs from densely covered donor areas – the back and sides of the head – to the areas which are affected by hair loss. The benefits of hair restoration can be enormous. When we improve our physical appearance to our satisfaction we tend to feel more confident, whether in our social interactions or at work.
This is true for both men and women.
However, the decision to undergo a hair transplant should not be made rashly. Hair transplant surgery is a well-accepted procedure with a high success rate and reliable aesthetic results when planned and carried out by an experienced hair restoration surgeon. It is nevertheless, a surgical procedure with potential side effects and complications – these will be fully explained and discussed before the procedure is carried out.
Hair transplant surgery is a well-accepted procedure with a high success rate and reliable aesthetic results
Follicle Unit Extraction is the most advanced hair transplant surgery developed. While it permanently restores natural hair growth, it only causes minimal discomfort and does not involve incisions or bleeding. We first search for a good donor area from where follicles will be removed. This is what determines whether someone is eligible for FUE or not. A person must have a good donor site from where hair may be taken and moved to locations on the scalp where it is needed. If an individual does not have a good donor site, then the transplant cannot be performed.
The next step is to remove the follicles, under local anaesthetic and examine, count and clean them individually under a microscope. The follicles are then implanted to result in the most natural and realistic looking hairline possible. A maximum of around 3,000 hairs can be transplanted in a single surgical session. The biggest advantage of FUE is that it gives the most natural result with no scarring, no stitches and minimal discomfort.
It is a normal occurrence that in the three to five weeks following the procedure some of the new transplanted hairs fall out. A new hair-growth cycle will begin in the following three to five months. Complete results are seen within six to 12 months after the Follicle Unit Extraction.