Hair transplantation is the most natural and permanent way for people who suffer from hair loss to have new hair. In hair transplantation, the patient’s healthy hair is implanted in the areas of hair loss. The area where the hair is taken is an area where there is no hair loss. Patients permanently restore their own hair by hair transplantation, as if they have never lost it. Hair transplants were first performed in Japan in the 1930s and first appeared in the Western world in the 1950s.
Who can undergo a hair transplant?
Nowadays, almost fifty percent of men over the age of 50 face the problem of hair loss. Thus, hair transplantation is the most common cosmetic surgery for men. Hair loss is not a condition specific to men. Many women also experience problems with hair loss or thinning.
Why is there hair loss?
Genetic characteristics are one of the most important causes of hair loss, but can also occur as a result of aging, traumatic injuries or various medical disorders. Hair transplantation can be performed successfully for all people with a sufficient number of hair follicles, regardless of the cause of hair loss. The method of transplantation can be successfully performed not only on the scalp, but also for losses in other hairy parts of the body such as eyebrows, mustache and beard.
How is a hair transplant performed?
In the procedure, hair follicles, usually taken from the nuchal area, are transplanted into the target area without hair. The hair follicles taken are called grafts. In rare cases, there is not enough healthy hair in the nuchal area or in the patient’s temporary area. In such cases, hair follicles can be taken from other parts of the body with hair, such as the patient’s arms or chest wall. The procedure is completed within a few hours depending on the size of the hair loss. If the hairless area is too large, several sessions may be needed to complete the treatment. In general, the intervention is performed with sedation under local anesthesia. After the procedure, a special head bandage is applied and the patient can be released from the clinic a few hours later. Although pain is rare, pain control is provided with painkillers. The patient can usually return to work with his head covered after a 3-day break at home. The first dressing with medical wounds is made on the 5th day.
What methods are used for hair transplantation?
Hair transplant procedures use: the FUE method, which leaves no scar, or the FUT method, which can leave a slight scar on the back of the head, and both methods are performed successfully. While hair follicles are taken one at a time and implanted in the deficient areas by the FUE method, the FUT method takes a skin band containing hair from the area of the hairy part of the head. The patient who will undergo a hair transplant must have healthy hair at the back of the head and on the side to be used as donor areas. As a result of the procedure, other factors such as hair color and thickness, its properties such as strength and brittleness are also affected. The preferred method should be determined after analysis of the hair and scalp, taking into account the patient’s priorities. Although the FUE method, which leaves no scar, is preferred, it may be necessary to use the FUT method in some cases at the discretion of a physician. Hair transplantation can be performed not only for balding, but to increase the density of hair in thinning areas.