Modern hair transplant has been around for almost 70 years. It has evolved into a more refined procedure focusing on producing more natural results. Many advances have been made in hair transplant techniques and technology. But does hair transplant work?
Does hair transplant work?
Yes! Modern hair transplant basically involves taking hair follicles from bald resistant areas of your scalp and moving them to where you have hair loss. These are your hair follicles and with careful harvesting and transplantation, they will successfully grow in new areas. There are many variables for success of hair transplants including how good your donor site looks, how the hair grafts are removed and handled as well as how they are implanted. This is where experience, technique and technology play a big role in making your hair transplant work.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).
Hair follicles do not usually grow alone. They grow in small groups of 1-4 hair follicles. FUT involves transplanting these hairs in their normal groupings. This produces much more natural results than individual follicles.
For many years, the hair follicles were harvested by the strip method. The surgeon would remove a strip of scalp from the donor area. This strip would then be carefully dissected to remove the hair follicles. Of course this strip method would leave a big scalp excision that would need to be closed and leave a large, linear scar. Making matters worse, the harvesting of the grafts from the strip often damaged them leading to poorer results.
FUE has revolutionized the hair transplant procedure. FUE actually involves the FUT method. In FUE, the follicular units are extracted together directly from the scalp. The technician uses a sharp punch and can visualize the exact orientation of the follicular units in the scalp. This leads to less damage and better grafts . Plus the FUE method only leaves a series of small circular scars in contrast to the large strip scar. FUE patients also tend to have a faster recovery and less downtime.
Neograft Hair Transplant.
Neograft is an automated method to improve FUT and FUE. The Neograft machine improves graft extraction and graft handling. It also speeds up the process and tends to have less graft damage. The Neograft headpiece has a powered punch for consistent graft harvesting as well as suction to gently extract each follicular unit.
What is the hair transplant success rate?
In experienced hands, FUE techniques like Neograft have shown graft survival rates as high as 90%. A combination of experienced hair technicians coupled with the right technique and technology, will produce the best success rate.
Is hair transplant long-lasting?
The hair follicles transplanted from the bald resistant areas are resistant to the hormones that caused the hair loss. However, the hair follicles that are still in the transplant areas may continue to die. So follow-up hair transplants may be needed. Supplementation with hair loss medications may slow this process.