A woman’s beauty is closely associated with her hair; therefore female pattern baldness might have a big impact on a woman’s self esteem. Hair loss in women involves a typical pattern where hair thins on the crown while the front hairline remains intact. While medicines could prevent further hair loss hair transplantation Surgery might be more permanent solution.
Hair transplantation is a surgical process of moving small skin grafts containing hair follicles from a donor part to a recipient part. Follicular Unit Transplantation is a Hair transplantation technique that results in natural looking hair, in this technique, follicular units containing 1-4 hair is transplanted In a mega session more than 1,100 grafts are transplanted. In Follicular unit transplantation Strip Harvesting and Follicular unit extraction techniques could be used for harvesting hair from the donor sites.
Follicular unit technique is performed under local anesthesia and usually uses different techniques of harvesting the hair.
In Strip technique a narrow strip of donor hair is removed from the back of the scalp then that area is sutured. The donor hair processed where follicular units are carefully identified and tissue is cut into small pieces called grafts while ensuring that hair shaft or hair bulb are not damaged. These grafts are then transplanted into tiny orifices in the donor site. This type of harvesting leaves a linear scar in the donor site.
This type of harvesting can be used in a Mega session where more than 1,100 grafts are transplanted in a single session.
In Follicular Unit Extraction or scar less individual follicles of hair are removed under local anesthesia using a micro punch. The follicular unit is separated from the surrounding tissues and extracted with a forceps. Each follicle is reinserted in the recipient site using a micro blade. Because this is single follicles and no large amount of tissue is removed there is no visible scars or after surgery pain. FUE is a time consuming procedure which allows around transplantation of 500 to 600 follicular unit grafts per day.
You are a suitable candidate for hair transplantation if
In Follicular Unit Transplantation, follicular units containing 1-4 hair is harvested from a donor part and transplanted into a recipient site. Harvesting is done using Strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction.
You may go home the same day of the surgery.
You may return to work within 2 days after the surgery.
Within the first 10 days you will experience shock loss where all the transplanted hair will fall out. New hair will grow within 2 – 3 months and within 6- 9 months you will be able to see normal growth.
When strip harvesting is used you will have a linear scar however this is usually at the back of the scalp and can be covered by the surrounding hair.
As with any surgery you may have swelling and discomfort.
You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining your scalp and deciding on the type of harvesting to be used.