Surgical Hair Restoration



Introduction

Once you have been diagnosed with hair loss, the next consideration is how you will strategise to restore the loss.  Surgical hair restoration is the only method available to restore the hair which you have lost. 

Hair transplantation methods have developed significantly through the decades.  The latest developments in hair transplantation ensure you can achieve a natural look with minimal downtime post procedure.

The hair transplantation process involves redistributing hairs from the patients back and side hair and implanting it through their areas of concern.  The hair found in the back and sides of the head are genetically predisposed to be resistant to the deleterious effects of DHT.  This region of the scalp has been termed the donor region as it serves as a donor site for the extraction and redistribution of the follicles.

The first consideration in taking a methodical approach to understanding surgical hair restoration is to look at the processes involved in the procedure.  The 3 main considerations in hair transplantation are 1) your candidacy for the procedure 2)the method of extraction and your individual design expectations and 3) the clinica which will provide the techniques and aftercare to ensure the best patient result.

 

Candidacy

Your individual candidacy for a hair transplant procedure can be assessed by your IAHT recommended doctor.  The redistribution of hair follicles can be likened to an economic situation of supply and demand.  The donor site acts as your supply of DHT resistant hair grafts and your recipient site is the area of concern which has created a demand for the grafts.  If your supply of grafts meets your demand for grafts then you can be considered a candidate for the procedure.

The removal or extraction of these hair grafts can be performed using one of two available methods.  These methods are called the STRIP extraction and the Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. 

 

Hair Transplantation Techniques

Hair transplantation is the technique of moving hair follicles from the patient’s donor site to their recipient site.  The technique used to move these follicles is a factor which must be considered by each patient when deciding upon their hair restoration strategy.  The two methods available are the STRIP/FUSS extraction and the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

 

STRIP or FUSS method

The STRIP method of extraction is a technique used to swiftly extract a large number of hair grafts from the patients donor region.  The STRIP technique involves cutting a strip of the patients scalp from the donor region and surgically closing the area with staples/sutures.

The STRIP method will leave a pencil thin linear scar in the donor region which negates the possibility of wearing a shaved look post procedure.  The STRIP method is a quicker procedure and requires less manpower to perform and as such is generally cheaper for the patient.

The strip method is more invasive than the FUE method as it requires the cutting and removal of a portion of scalp.

 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

The FUE procedure differs from the STRIP procedure in that each follicle is removed individually.  The one by one removal of each follicle ensures there is no linear scar left in the patients donor region post procedure.

The FUE procedure is more time consuming process due to the intricacy of the procedure but the end result leaves the patient with the option to shave their head or don a shorter cut should they wish.