Being bald is common these days. People feel uncomfortable of losing hair. It is a cause of insecurities to some bald people. People who lose hair are mostly in their 40’s and above. Some even earlier, depending on his/her genes. This also depends on the behavior of an individual. Using harsh hair products and exposing their hair to too much sun are causes of losing hair. Some say that having a hot shower in the bathroom is also one cause, where the top of the head or the forehead are usually getting wet first.
However, regardless of the country or types of race, a human being is not resistant in getting bald, or losing hair. It is inevitable, like death and taxes. It is part of life. We all grow old. Our immune system gets weaker when we get older.
But fret not because there are ways and solutions in solving the problem of losing hair. There are transplant options that you can choose. You might have been thinking it right now that’s why you have arrived to this blog post.
You might have been thinking about the perfect hair transplant for you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a male or female, the transplant options work for both genders.
So, you might have thought of some transplant options to pick what’s the ideal one for your hair.
It might not be easy if you may have little knowledge about how transplant works. Or you might not be knowledgeable on the science or chemistry of follicles.
Okay. let’s dig in what these transplant options are all about:
There are 6 transplant options.
Here are they:
1. Beard Transplant
Beard Transplant or Facial Hair Transplant is a surgical procedure that aims to grow more hair and beard in men. The goal is to grow more hair in the face, particularly in the sides of face and chin. Men who want his transplant usually have thin hair or not even at all that they look like women. So to be masculine enough they want to have beard or hair in their faces.
The operation involves the harvest of the scalp in the head to transfer them in the face. This is kind of complicated procedure and should be taken seriously. You need to be careful in deciding if this is really what you want or if this transplant option is really necessary to you.
2. Scalp Micropigmentation
This kind of transplant option is the safest and most effective transplant option for bald people. Most bald people choose this option because it is 100% safe and uncomplicated. This option is good for those who also have thinning hair, alopecia, pattern baldness and alopecia (spot baldness).
Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-evasive transplant. It uses very detailed tiny needles to place the pigment right to the scalp.
This option can also be called hair tattoo in which the patient is given the illusion of having a hair style despite his baldness. This process like in real tattoos, it does not penetrate deeply into the scalp and the inks are safer and don’t change its color easily.
If you notice your hair starting to thin or some signs of baldness starting to be noticed, this transplant option is best for you.
3. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP or Platelet-rich Plasma is a transplant option wherein the patient’s blood platelets are used to initiate hair growth in areas that have no hair. This method is used by people who have had accidents or bruises or deep wounds that leaves big scars where hair cannot grow. It aids in thickening of the hair where hair is thin or even not growing. This process is a form of injection and will take in just a few minutes.
4. Scar Aesthetics
For those who have unwanted scars due to some accidents or injuries, this is the ideal option.
This treatment is called electro-surgery and steroid injections. The function is to destroy the tissue by the use of electric waves, which burns the problematic tissue.
Some severe or pretty large scars require anesthesia because of the gravity of the condition. But small ones do not need an anesthesia.
5. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The FUE or follicular unit extraction is a high standard, common procedure. Individual follicles are being removed from the head that have healthy follicles with a sophisticated cutting tool. These single follicles are installed into small cuts to the scalp to be able to be inserted into the scalp that is being bald. The hair doctor makes sure that the cuts of the bald head are proportion to reproduce a natural grow of normal hair. These then grow strong in years to come, even decades.
The right candidates for this operation:
- The patient must be above 25 years of age.
- Men who lose their hair for more than five years.
- Men who use hair loss treatments but are not effective for them or their scalp just don’t respond to the treatments.
- Men who have no serious medical problems like high blood pressure and indigestion. They should have an overall good health.
- People who lost hairs because of burns or trauma in the past.
- Must be realistic about the operation.
- Should stop smoking 2 weeks before the surgery.
- The candidate must also avoid taking certain food supplements, medicines before the operation.
6. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUT transplant is somewhat different to the procedure of the FUE.
This transplant option lets the surgeon cuts a sack of those hair like a bush. Unlike the FUE removes single follicles, the FUT strips off a bush of those hair. The harvest is then divided into single follicles or small groups, which are then transplanted the same way as the FUE. FUT is sometimes called, ‘strip harvesting.’
Should you worry about the scar from the cuts?
No. A good hair surgeon should not leave a scar to his/her patients. FUE is the best option if you want to make sure that your head doesn’t leave a scar. Well, let’s say if a scar is inevitable. the FUE transplant option is the best for you.
So you ask how long the procedure will it take?
It actually depends on the amount or size of the head, or the depth or amount of the hair follicles being removed and transplanted. usually, a normal FUE transplant option takes about eight hours, since there will be no stitches. FUT takes from 10 days to 14 days. It takes a month for full recovery. However, with FUT, your scalp might become red in a few weeks. You might want to take a vacation while waiting for your scalp to be one hundred percent healed.
You might think how much will it cost.
FUE costs from $6,000 to $13,000. It depends on the depth of the procedure. While FUT costs less because the surgeon can strip a donor’s hair all at once. FUT will cost around $6000 to $9,000.
The important thing is that you already know how the transplant options work for you. You can also ask advice from other experts what’s best suit you according to your needs. The surgeon is the best person to seek for an opinion about your hair loss.