You have probably heard the terms hair transplant, hair restoration, or hair plug and have not fully understood the difference between them and need clarification. This can be not very clear for many people looking for hair restoration treatment options.
For many people, a full head of hair is essential, be it men or women. When done correctly and with an experienced surgeon, hair restoration looks completely natural.
Approximately 50 million men and 30 million women suffer from hair loss and are looking for a solution. Research shows that around 50% of men will experience some degree of baldness by the time they reach their 50s. Research has linked hair loss to low self-esteem and negative body image, and even the fact people believe they look older than they are.
Probably the most frustrating thing about hair loss is the reasons behind it. A large proportion of hair loss in men can be attributed to genetics and male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss is defined as thinning and falling of hair, starting at the top of the temples and from the top of the head to the bottom of the head.
Other causes can include stress, illness, medication, hormones, or injury. When you schedule a hair restoration consultation, your surgeon will discuss all the possible causes of your hair loss, as well as all possible solutions tailored to your specific needs. The most common treatment for thinning hair is Rogain (Minoxidil).
Minoxidil is an FDA-approved treatment applied directly to the scalp twice a day and can gradually thicken the hair. Unfortunately, this type of treatment is usually not enough to achieve the desired results.
Another option is a hair transplant or hair restoration. These are two different words for the same procedure: taking hair from one part of the scalp and transplanting it into a thin or bald section. Hair plugs are an ancient and outdated method of removing and grafting large sections of hair at the same time, making it appear unnatural and disconnected from the rest of the hair.
Two modern methods are currently used: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Unfortunately, many people abandon the FUT procedure due to slow recovery time and scarring on the back of the head.
It is essential to understand the skill and experience required to remove a follicular unit and find a reliable surgeon. This technique is more time-consuming and requires a higher level of skill than FUE. During the procedure, the surgeon with his team will shave the back of your scalp and remove the hair follicles one by one. This area heals and can be detected as hair return.
During your hair restoration consultation, your surgeon will clarify what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Many patients find that they can return to work two to five days after the procedure and feel no discomfort. Although the process takes several hours, patients rarely feel discomfort and do not need anesthesia or pain relievers. Once transplanted, the hair can be cut, colored, and styled.