Alopecia is a problem that affects a large percentage of the population at a certain age. Although men struggle with it on a much larger scale, it often applies to women as well. But does it mean in itself that hair will never appear on our head? Even a few decades ago, you could actually wring your hands – but we live in a time when aesthetic medicine has advanced so much that it gives us the opportunity to perform such a procedure as a hair transplant . What’s more, it is an increasingly effective treatment that interferes with our body less and less. What is it and should we really be interested in it? What is its effectiveness? We intend to address these and many other issues in our article.
WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?
There are two basic methods of hair transplantation today. The STRIP method, as the name may suggest, consists in cutting a strip of hair, most often from the back of the head, and then transplanting it to a place of our choice, where we deal with alopecia. A cut, approximately 15 centimeters long and 1 centimeter wide, serves as the base from which the surgeon’s assistants prepare so-called grafts, in which up to five individual hairs are located. Using a scalpel, the surgeon cuts the target area and then places the above-mentioned graphs in it. Usually, the treatment can fit into 3 treatments – while the whole process does not last long (maximum 5 hours), you cannot implant graphs too close to each other – hence, about six-month breaks are necessary.
The above-mentioned method is losing popularity due to FUE (Follicular Unit Extracion) , a different method of hair transplant , which allows to achieve better results. It consists in isolating only single bellows with the so-called micropunch and then implanting them in exactly the same way as in the previous case. There is no need to cut a strip of existing hair , so the entire transplant process is simply less invasive (but also more time consuming).
CAN ANYONE CHOOSE TO DO IT AND DOES THE HAIR HAVE TO TAKE OVER?
Unfortunately, the fact is that not every person can decide to undergo a hair transplant procedure. There are several contraindications, including but not limited to:
- active neoplastic disease
- diseases of the cardiovascular system
- selected skin diseases
It is also not possible to transplant people who suffer from alopecia areata, which is the only type of baldness that cannot be cured. Fortunately, however, if we cannot accept any of the above contraindications, we can proceed with the procedure with almost one hundred percent certainty that it will catch on.
Speaking of which, the most common question asked by people who decide to undergo a hair transplant should be answered : can the hair follicles fail to accept?Well, hair transplantation involves taking the patient’s own tissue and implanting it in place of another tissue, including his own. Therefore, the risk of kickback is eliminated. However, there are a few situations where hair really won’t catch on. One of them is improper storage of the hair follicles outside the patient’s skin (i.e. by the doctors who carry out the procedure). The reason for not taking it may be too long duration of the procedure, resulting from all kinds of things – as we all know, hair follicles tend to die off. So the longer they are outside the patient’s skin, the worse for the process itself.
The hair follicle can also be improperly prepared and implanted, and as a result – physically damaged. In most clinics, ordinary tweezers are used in the transplant process. Currently, the world of science and aesthetic medicine recommends implants that make it practically impossible to damage the hair. However, their use is still not common, in particular in Polish customers.
The last possible reason for non-admission is the misdiagnosis of the person to whom the hair transplant is to be performed. If he is struggling, even unconsciously, with some disease, the risk of rejection is high.
Balding these days is not something we have to come to terms with and with which we just have to live. All because of the advancement of aesthetic medicine for which hair transplantation is not something new. Each clinic that performs it already has a lot of experience in it – so by deciding on it, we can be sure that it will be successful. However, before we make a final decision about it, let’s carefully check if in our case there are any contraindications to its initiation. This will allow us to avoid the disappointment of simply not getting the hair done. It is comforting, however, that only these contraindications can be something that will prevent us from having hair. Otherwise, we will most likely be able to enjoy exemplary hair quickly.