Hair transplants are becoming more popular as the different techniques continue to develop and improve. Long gone are the days that you can spot out someone that has had a hair transplant. These days, hair transplants look perfectly natural if done correctly.
There are two different techniques that are used in hair transplants. Those techniques are called the strip harvesting technique and the follicular unit extraction technique. We will explain which each of these techniques is below.
The strip harvesting technique is the most commonly used method when performing hair transplants. Specifically, strip harvesting refers to the way in which the surgeon will remove the hair from the donor site. With this method, the surgeon will remove strips of skin which contain usable hair from the donor site. The strips of skin are removed carefully as to not damage any of the hair follicles. The goal is to relocate the hair follicles that are on the strip of skin to the area that is not growing any hair. Once the strip is removed, it is then implanted into the balding area. At the donor site, the skin is closed to cover up the skin that was removed.
Over the past few years, new techniques have been developed to minimize the scarring and improve the recovery time with this method. Smaller blades are used and more specialized needles help relocate the hair follicles with as little damage to the skin as possible. These new techniques also allow surgeons to better re-create the natural thickness, style and angle that the hair should be going in. This is why they had transplants of today look much better than only a decade ago.
Follicular Unit Extraction Technique
This type of hair transplant method involves removing and relocating 1-4 hairs at a time. A local anesthesia is used on the patient's donor site and micro-tools are then used by the surgeon to remove the hairs and implant them into their new destination. Before this is done, the hair pattern and density is planned out on the patient’s scalp to ensure that the correct visuals will be achieved by the end of the procedure.
This technique is not done nearly as often, mainly because it is much more time consuming than with the strip harvesting method. It also results in a larger number of wounds which will require more recovery time. Because there are more pieces that have to be transplanted with this method, there is also more room for error. This technique can be done in one session or many sessions. Since it takes such a long time to complete, many patients choose to split the procedure up into multiple sessions.
Hair transplants are being done all over the world. You can get great results at a much cheaper rate by looking for hair transplant abroad surgeons. If you are thinking about getting a hair transplant yourself, shop around and see what the best clinics are and compare rates against one another.