Hair is considered one of our most valued physical features, which makes it especially difficult if we are confronted with hair loss or hair thinning. Though we avoid admitting it, complete or partial hair loss can adversely affect our personal as well as our professional life. Fortunately, relatively recent developments in the field of hair surgery and surgical hair transplant provide us with the ability to take control of the way we look and address the effects of alopecia. Even so, the Renew Skin & Health team strongly recommends that you also consider the possible risks of hair transplant in order to better avoid them.
Alopecia, commonly known as hair loss or balding, is an umbrella-term that describes a number of conditions or disorders which result in the gradual loss of hair. There are a multitude of causes that can lead to the development of alopecia, including certain types of autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalance, improper diet, vitamin deficit, trauma, trichotillomania and so on. There are two basic types of non-pharmaceutical hair loss treatments: non-surgical hair transplant, which implies virtually no risk for the patient, and surgical hair transplant, which can lead to certain medical complications if conducted in improper conditions. Renew Skin & Health Clinic provides its patients with all of these options in order to find the hair loss solution that best suits their medical condition and personal preferences. Flexibility in choosing the type of alopecia treatment is sometimes the best way of avoiding unwanted hair transplant complications.
There are two main surgical hair transplant techniques, each with individual advantages and disadvantages. Follicular unit transplantation surgery, or FUT hair surgery, is a type of cosmetic procedure that involves transferring follicular units, which are naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 strands of hair, from a stable donor area to the recipient area, or the area of the scalp that has been affected by partial or total hair loss. In the case of FUT surgery, the follicular units are transplanted using a technique called strip-harvesting: thin strips of skin, often referred to as hair grafts, are surgically removed from the donor area and processed separately. The excess tissue is then trimmed from the base of each follicular unit before being inserted into special micro-pockets created by the surgeon on the surface of the donor area; this is done in order to minimize the potential stress inflicted on the skin of the scalp. Generally, follicular unit transplantation surgery is considered to be faster and with a much smaller transection rate than FUE surgery, but it does leave more noticeable scars. The transection rate refers to the number of follicular units that are damaged during the transplant and become useless. Follicular unit extraction surgery employs an innovative technique called FUE harvesting, which implies the individual extraction of each follicular unit using a special surgical instrument. The main advantage of this procedure is that it is less invasive and scarring is considerably reduced or even completely eliminated, leaving the donor area in a much better shape. This, however, means that the procedure takes longer, is generally more expensive and with usually higher transection rate, though this is considerably reduced if stereo-microscopic dissection tools are used.
The specialists of Renew Skin & Health Clinic strongly recommend that you thoroughly investigate the hair transplant clinic before deciding to undergo any procedure. Inexperience, lack of proper conditions and outdated instruments will lead not only to the increase of the transection rate and the appearance of unnecessary scarring, but also to post-operatory infection and a patchy, unnatural look. This can all be avoided however if you choose a proper hair transplant clinic that respects the standards of the profession and its patients. Choose wisely and take your time!
At Renew Skin & Health Clinic, we provide our patients with the expertise of a great team of professionals, access to the latest in hair surgery technology and a caring environment, as shown by a long tradition of positive results in hair transplant. If you feel you are ready to make this step with us, simply call Renew Skin & Health Clinic Office and schedule an appointment.