Is your hair thinning on top? Do you wish it was fuller? Although thinning hair is typical for most American (over 65% of men will experience some hair loss by age 35 and about 85% will experience hair loss by age 50!), plenty of men are unhappy with this fact and seek ways to reverse the trend.
What types are hair transplantation procedures are available?
Hair transplantation is a great solution for many men wanting fuller hair on the top of their head. There are two main types of procedures for hair transplantations: strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both of these techniques involve removing hair follicles from the back of your neck and the lower, back part of your scalp and relocating them to the top of your scalp. The area where the hair follicles were harvested from, as well as any scarring, will eventually be covered as the hair on the back of your head grows longer.
What is the difference between strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE)?
Strip harvesting is the most common procedure for gathering live hair follicles. The surgeon will identify an area of good hair growth on the back of your scalp and, with a scalpel, will remove a strip of skin that includes hair follicles.
During (FUE), individual follicular units of varying size are removed. Because FUE takes considerably more time than strip harvesting, FUE may be performed during one long session or over the course of multiple short sessions. Although FUE takes longer and potentially requires more than one session, it eliminates the linear scar that usually occurs on the back of the head after strip harvesting.
After either extraction process, the implantation process is similar: small insertions are made in the graft site and hair follicles are placed in the incisions in a pre-planned density and pattern.
What should I expect after surgery?
After surgery it is common for your scalp to be very tender and you may need to take pain relievers for a few days. Additionally, the doctor may have you wear bandages on your head for a few days, so you will have to plan your post-surgery days accordingly. All of these details will be discussed with you before the surgery so you know exactly what to expect.