Most people afflicted with pattern baldness have no idea there’s an issue until a friend or family member points it out. After that, a kind of obsession takes hold, and questions begin to pour down like the rain. How much hair will I actually lose? How long will it take? Will I look like Wallace Shawn or Jason Statham? For women, that third gets frightful on both counts. In regard to all three questions, the answer depends on such variables as diet, family history of hair loss, and the amount of stress you’re under on a daily basis.
If that friend or family member has already been so kind as to let you know that you’re losing your hair, and you’re considering hair transplant surgery as a viable form of treatment, allow us to assist in answering some common questions about the practice.
How will I know if a hair transplant is right for me?
First off, it’s wise to make certain that the clinic you visit is run by a board-certified hair transplant surgeon. This surgeon will be able to answer, quite easily, if you are a good candidate for hair restoration surgery. At your initial consultation you’ll likely receive a physical exam. The doctor will look at your scalp, ask questions about your lifestyle and overall health, and from there develop a plan to restore your hair.
How is a hair transplant carried off?
The two main methods for hair transplantation are the follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). The former involves harvesting strips of hair from in back of the scalp and implanting them in the recipient area. For FUE, the follicular units are harvested individually, which leaves less noticeable scarring and gives the doctor other areas of the body to fetch donors from, such as the back and chest. Of the two techniques, FUE is the more advanced, and more likely to be used.