Hair loss is common for both men and women. Sometimes genes are responsible, sometimes it’s a sign of ailing health, too much stress, or medical conditions like alopecia. Solve offers a number of different treatments from medication to PRP, to FUE, to help stop hair loss and support hair after a transplant. But this begs the question, what is a hair transplant and does it last? Let’s explore together.
What Is a Hair Transplant?
Hair transplants have been around for about 50 years, but the process of a transplant has changed dramatically over the years. The idea behind a transplant has stayed the same however- it is the process of moving healthy and thinning-resistant hair from around the sides and back of the head to the open (balding) areas on top of the head. The hair from around the sides and back of the head is genetically different than the hair on top, so it is resistant to the thinning and falling out process. There are two main procedures done today that achieve this goal, FUE and FUT.
What is an FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is a newer procedure that involves extracting individual hair groupings, one at a time, and transplanting them back into the scalp one at a time. A smaller circular tool is used to extract the hair from the back and sides of the head. This technique has gotten popular because the extraction sites are so small that there is no need for sutures and they leave virtually no scar. It is currently the most popular technique in hair transplantation and leaves the most natural looking results.
What is an FUT Transplant?
FUT is a slightly older technique of hair transplant in which the hair is not individually extracted, but rather a long strip of the scalp is extracted and trimmed down into individual hair groupings. The extraction site of the strip is then sutured closed on the back of the head. The implantation of the grafts is done the same way, but you are left with a long, linear scar on the back of the head from the excision of the strip.
How Long Does Transplanted Hair Last?
The hair around the sides and back of the head is genetically different than the hair on the top and is generally resistant to the thinning and falling out process. So, for most people, the transplanted hair will last the rest of their lives. To be sure about the results of a transplant, you would want to make sure to consult with a hair restoration expert.
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