Many men suffer from hair loss at some point in their lives. The leading cause of men’s hair loss is androgenic alopecia, a non-curable hormonal-related condition. The only way to get one’s hair back is to do a hair transplant. What is this procedure? How does it work? What to expect before and after a hair transplant?
Here is everything to know!
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure aiming to cover bald spots or densifying low-density areas with genetically resistant grafts from a donor area.
A hair transplant is the best way to get one’s hair back for patients suffering from androgenic alopecia. This condition is due to androgen, a male hormone group playing a crucial role in men’s sexual health. Androgen action weakens the hair located on the top and the front of the head, leading to baldness. The hair on the side and the back of the head are genetically resistant to androgen. The doctor uses this hair to implant in the bald spots.
There are various hair transplant techniques.
What to expect before and after a hair transplant?
We often say that the first criteria for a successful hair transplant are realistic expectations. Patients with unrealistic expectations will never be satisfied by the procedure’s results. The first thing to do before getting a hair transplant is to learn about the technique and understand what is doable.
A hair transplant result and doability mainly depend on the patient’s donor area. The donor area is located on the back of the head, where the hair is genetically resistant to androgen. Patients who are completely bald or only have little hair in the donor area are not suitable for the procedure, as the doctor won’t harvest enough grafts to cover the bald spots.
Even for suitable patients, the procedure’s results dramatically differ depending on the quality of the donor area. The richest the donor area, the better the result will be.
Another critical point on what to expect before and after a hair transplant is the patient’s hair nature and type. Hair transplant gives better results with thicker hair as it covers the bald spots better.
Picking a reputable clinic and a highly trained and experienced surgeon is another crucial criterion for the hair transplant results.
However, patients interested in a hair transplant must contact a reputable clinic, such as Hair Turkey, and do a hair check-up to know if they are suitable for the procedure and what results they could get. Hair transplant results depend on many factors and have to be discussed individually.
After a hair transplant, patients are more confident, their self-esteem increases, and they are ready to enjoy new personal and professional opportunities.
What to expect before and after a hair transplant? The technique matters!
Hair transplant results dramatically differ from one technique to another. There are two main hair transplant techniques, FUE and DHI.
FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. This technique is the most widespread. The process involves harvesting grafts one by one at the back of the head, letting them sit in a solution while opening tiny incisions in the scalp to implant the grafts. This technique offers correct results; however, it has significant flaws: the incision opening step gives no control over the grafts’ implantation angle. Moreover, this step often leads to skin necrosis in the recipient area.
The best hair transplant technique is DHI, Direct Hair Implantation. The graft harvesting method is similar to FUE, while the DHI technique implantation method skips the incision opening step to directly implant the grafts into the scalp with a unique tool known as the “CHOI pen.” This difference gives complete control over the grafts’ implantation angle.
Better go for the DHI hair transplant technique to get the best results.