Hair transplant surgery is a surgical procedure and the solely way to permanently deal with and restore hair loss. Unmodern Hair transplantation surgery techniques have developed into state of the art procedures which are efficient and provide the patients with a good look and secure and lasting result.
Hair transplant surgery procedures
Over time there have been various methods of Hair transplantation surgery .They have been developed and improved over time. The most common ones are called FUE (Follicle Unit Extraction) and the STRIP/FUT-method.
The FUE Hair transplantation surgery procedure involves individual hair follicles/hair follicle groups (1-4 strands of hair) that are harvested individually from the permanent hair area; neck and temple and placed at the crown. The STRIP procedure involves a strip of skin consisting of a huge amount of hair follicles is removed from the neck whereby the hair follicle groups are separated and thereafter, much like the FUE method, are put on the crown. The incision at the back of the neck is closed with sutures and heals unnoticeably because the neck hair covers the scar. The sutures are removed after a week.
With each Hair transplantation one can move roughly 2000 hair groups. That means 6000-7000 strands of hair using the STRIP procedure, but often no more than 5000 strands of hair if the Hair transplant surgery has been done with the FUE technique. The former procedure is also 2-3 times more costly per harvested hair follicle.
By mixing both Hair transplantation approaches one can occasionally reach until 10 000 hair follicles in one treatment occasion over a span of 2-3 days. The principal advantage using FUE in comparison to STRIP is that no incision is required to collect the hair that is to be transplanted. Doing so means the patient is spared a surgical mark in the scalp, which actually solely matters for individuals that would like to shave their head or have a crew cut in the future. To harvest donor hair using the FUE procedure also involves some limitations and costs 2-3 times more in comparison to the STRIP procedure.
Hazards involved with Hair transplantation surgery
The hazards linked with Hair transplant surgery whether or not one uses the FUE or STRIP method are very limited. Nevertheless it is essential that you as a patient understand that you may suffer from issues when treating your hair loss through surgery.
When using the STRIP procedure there is a risk of scar formation in the donor region which may need to be treated. In those instances it is attended to using surgical mark revision surgery or by using the FUE procedure and implanting hair into the surgical mark, and that way consealing it.
The chance of scarring is minimised by using the correct and sensible surgical Hair transplantation methods. In all procedures where the skin is penetrated there are some chance of infection which in most cases may be treated using cleansing and antibiotics which are prescribed by the clinic or a different doctor.
Some patients that have been through a Hair transplant surgery using the STRIP method swell in the brow area and eyelids. This can occasionally lead to bruising. This complication primarily affects those who sleep on their belly the days after surgery and subsides after approx. 5 days.
When a strip of skin is removed the surgeon also cuts through countless numbers of invisible nerve fibres in the subcutaneous fat. The patient can then for about six months have a so-called “Styrofoam feeling” at the back of the head. Sensitivity gradually returns, it is a natural part of the healing process.
Also those regions which have been transplanted frequently suffer some sort of short-term sensitivity loss. This is commonly a very modest problem, but should not come as a shock after undergoing surgery.
Elements that have an effect on the cost of a Hair transplantation surgery
The price of Hair transplant surgery may differ, and is contingent on various components. Choice of method for harvesting donor hair – FUE or STRIP, quality of the donor hair – density, color, thickness, size of the region that is to be treated, quality of any hair around that is to be treated/covered, the individual patients wishes regarding the hair density in the area which is to be treated are the aspects that impact the price the most, as well as the choice of clinic.