A hair transplant is a wonderful thing; it can transform you both physically and mentally and give you a new outlook and perspective on life. It sounds dramatic, but losing your hair is a very personal thing to experience. It leaves you feeling exposed and can have long-lasting affects on your self-esteem and social confidence.
Usually associated with old age, baldness can strike at any time, especially if the gene for male pattern baldness has been passed down through the generations.
Is Hair Transplant for me?
Did you know that not everyone qualifies for a hair transplant and that there's actually more to it than just being follicularly challenged?
So, who does make a good hair transplant candidate?
Hair transplants work better with particular hair colours. The colour of your hair and how it relates to your underlying skin colour is really important. The less contrast there is between hair and scalp the better as you’re more likely to get better coverage.
Success depends on the shape and thickness of hair. Hair caliber is incredibly important as the appearance of baldness, particularly where the hair is thinning but still evident, is due to the light penetrating past absent or sparse hair and reflecting off the scalp. The thicker the hair that’s in place, the less light it will let through.
The more flexible your scalp the better. The more flexible your scalp the easier it will be for the surgeon to insert new hair follicles.
You shouldn’t have any diseases of the scalp or Alopecia. Men with Alopecia should not be getting a hair transplant as they have an unhealthy donor supply, making the procedure a waste of time and money.
You should be prepared for the financial investment. A hair transplant is not a cheap, quick or easy procedure, so you need to spend time thinking it through carefully. It may be that you need to have several surgeries so it’s hugely important that you have the funds to cover the costs.
Opting for a hair transplant is often the last resort for many men, so if it’s something you’d like to speak to a surgeon about in more detail then please do get in touch with Dr Mabroor Bhatty.
Dr.Bhatty has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to performing hair transplant surgery and will be able to discuss different treatment packages with you. Every individual is different and therefore we cannot guarantee that you qualify for hair transplants. Please get intouch with us to learn more, as results to vary.
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There are two types of hair transplants which Dr Bhatty carries out. This article is to help distinguish between the two so you understand the basic underline theory behind each type of procedure. The two procedures are the FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction, and the FUT, Follicular Unit Transplantation.
Follicular Unit Extraction
The FUE method involves each follicular unit being individually taken directly from the scalp with no strip of tissue being removed. It involves all remaining hair on a patient being extracted using a small circular instrument. Hair follicles are removed in a random fashion resulting in less density in the donor area which many say is not even noticeable. This is the main difference between FUE & FUT. Since follicles are removed one at a time, fewer follicles can be harvested during a typical session, making FUE a better option to restore hair in smaller cases (number of grafts) compared to the traditional FUT method.
The FUE process can take a few hours, but is painless after being given local numbing injections The process is repeated until the surgeon deems
necessary, thus the patient may undergo the procedure over the course of a couple of days.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
The FUT method is where hair is transplanted from the scalp to areas of the head in which hair loss occurs. This procedure is more intrusive, as the physician will cut a strip of tissue from the scalp before cutting it into thousands of follicular grafts. These grafts are then placed around the head, after the physician has created holes with recipient sites around the affected areas.
This method is suitable for cases of advanced hair loss, as it allows the physician to fully utilize the scalp area to deliver results consistent with the patients expectations. This method generally allowed for the greatest number of grafts to be transplanted in a single session.
The advantages and disadvantages of FUE and FUT
There are some key differences between FUE and FUT procedures. Some of the main differences are outlined below.
No linear scars in the donor area, allowing patients to keep shorter hair and not worry about scars showing.
Takes less time to heal.
Can continue normal daily activity following the surgery.
The quality of hair is usually of better quality in the planted area.
In some circumstances the hair follicles can start to fall out again.
Grafts of more fragile due to the lack the protective dermis and fat lost.
If more than one FUE procedure is required, there will be subsequent scarring. This is in the form of tiny round scars.
Usually takes longer to complete as the extraction processes grafts are harvested one by one.
Does leave scarring, however is usually better for people with larger areas of baldness. Furthermore, there is usually only one scar even after multiple sessions.
Longer recovery time.
Usually offered in cases where there is advanced hair loss
Graft quality is better than FUE.
The procedure is quicker as there are dissectors working on the removed scalp strip whilst the surgeon creates the recipient sites for the hair follicles.
Usually cheaper than FUE.
Both of these procedures involve surgery, therefore a proper consultation with Dr Bhatty is required, where he can explain the procedure in depth and answer any questions anyone may have.
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