Hair loss is a common problem with both men and women; however, just because it is common, that doesn’t mean that it is something that you just have to cope with. If you are worried about how hair loss impacts your self-esteem and the way you view yourself, you may want to consider a hair transplant.
But, what exactly is a hair transplant, and how can it offer a solution to hair loss?
What is a hair transplant?
As the name suggests, a hair transplant is a procedure that moves hair to a part of your head that currently only has thin hair or none at all. It is classed as a cosmetic procedure, and just like any cosmetic procedure, you should always give it some careful thought before you go ahead and have one.
They are always carried out under a local anaesthetic and sedation, which means that whilst you will be awake during the procedure, you won’t feel any pain.
What is a Follicular Unit Transplantation?
There are two main types of hair transplant. The first is the Follicular Unit Transportation, or FUT as it is shortened to. More often than not, this particular approach is called the strip method. It takes its name from the fact that a thin strip of skin (that has hair attached) will be removed from the back of your head. This will then be split down into pieces that contain around four pieces, making a hair graft.
These grafts will be put into place, with tiny cuts made in the scalp where required. There will be a scar on the back of the head; however, unless you have very short hair, this should not be visible.
What is a Follicular Unit Extraction?
Another option is a Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE. This type of procedure will require the back of your head to be shaved. The individual hairs will be removed one by one, and these will then be grafted onto the area where they are needed.
You will have lots of tiny scars all over your head during this procedure, but these won’t be noticeable.
What happens after a hair transplant?
You should find that a hair transplant only takes one day, and you won’t need to stay overnight. If you have a large area that needs to be worked on, this may be broken down into several sessions spaced out over a few months.
Most people find that they can return to work after three days; however, your grafts will not be secure for the first two weeks, which means that you will need to look after them.
You should refrain from touching your grafts for the first five days; however, you can wash them very gently after that.
Some people worry that their newly transplanted hair falls out after a few weeks; however, this is normal, and it will be replaced by fresh new hair within six months.
Worried about your hair? If you are, make sure that you think about what you can do to help you feel better about your look.
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