Hair Transplant Follicles
Hair transplants are a common procedure nowadays since many people are suffering from hair loss and need a permanent cure for it. The lengthy medicine courses and application of lotions on a daily basis is a laborious job and the results are very gradual, due to this many people lose patience during non-surgical treatments. Hair transplant is the answer to all this since it provides instant and long lasting results. Hair transplants are performed in two basic ways, the strip harvest method and the follicular unit extraction (FUE). The strip method involves removal of a strip of hair from the back of the head or any area where the growth is good. This strip is then dissected into smaller units and planted on the bald patch. The strip method leaves a scar at the donor site, where the strip is taken from, and in case the surgeon does not carefully plant the units on the scalp, it may result in a bumpy appearance which can only look worse. The FUE method is a later technique that leaves no scars and involves the extraction of hair follicles from an area of good hair growth and then planting these follicles one by one on the bald patch. What are hair follicles? Hair follicles are the glands present in mammals that produce hair. It consists of different parts that work together to produce a strand of hair. Many times more than one hair strand comes out of a follicle as well. The FUE method is more popular due to its natural result but at the same time it is a tedious operation and needs a skilled surgeon. The follicles planted need to be in the same pattern as the one of existing hair on the head. Once the hair follicles are planted and the bald patch is covered. The surgeon prescribes a few antibiotics and pain killers to the patient to ensure that any infection or headache subside within a short while. The patient might experience some redness and swelling which also goes in two to three days. The patients suffer from hair fall after any kind of surgery and that is the case with hair transplants as well. A person’s new hair fall out but this is only temporary and new hair appear within a period of three months. The patient sees maximum results of the FUE hair transplant after almost ten months from the surgery. The FUE method is preferred since it does not cause any permanent scars or unnatural results like buckled up scalp or bumps. With time, the techniques are evolving and new technologies are being introduced. The FUE method can be performed using a mechanical device called the neograft. This machine extracts hair using a vacuum, and then plants these follicles on the bald patch. Even then, surgeons are needed and their judgment is more trusted than any machine.