Pros and Cons to Surgical Hair Restoration

Pros and Cons to Surgical Hair Restoration

For the right candidate, surgical hair restoration or a hair transplant procedure can be the best way to restore your hair, caused by male pattern baldness. MPB effects the majority of men over their lifetime to varying degrees; from the minor temple or crown hair loss to advanced hair loss all over the top of the scalp.

The advantage of a hair transplant is it´s permanent, as your native hair is used from around the sides and back of the head. This hair retains its original genetic properties and does not suffer from the male pattern baldness gene, so even when moved the hair will continue to grow quite naturally.

A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure, but it still requires for an incision to be made to remove the grafts; there are two recognised techniques today, that only fundamentally differ in the method the hair is extracted.

The FUT technique has been the long-established method of removing the grafts, the mass extraction of grafts in a long hair-bearing strip that is then sutured and hidden under your hair. With improved closure techniques it is now possible to camouflage the linear scar further with hairs growing back through the line, so blending in better with the surrounding hair.

The FUE technique is a newer but still well-established technique; each follicular unit is removed one by one, using a small cylindrical punch that surrounds the graft, ready to be extracted. Follicular Unit Extraction removes the grafts from a wider surface area compared to FUT and leaves small round scars.

Regardless of which technique is used the quality and healing around the donor area will rely on two factors; the quality and skill of the Doctor and the natural skin healing properties. Unfortunately, even with great care visible scarring can occur and can take away from the quality of the hair transplant result.

Visible scarring can be hidden by revising a strip scar or adding hair back into the white dots caused by FUT.  But either of these solutions can create different problems; revising a strip scar there is no way to guarantee once healed you will be left with a smaller scar line, and adding hair back into FUE scars demands more hair is used, thus leaving less for hair restoration.

A credible solution to this, when performed on the right candidate, can be the SMP non-surgical technique, scalp micropigmentation places pinpoint pigments into the skin to mimic the look of shaved or hair stubble.

Hiding the scarring can help with different hair styles, being able to keep your hair much shorter without the worry people will comment; and can bring back lost confidence caused and leave you to enjoy your result of a better head of hair.

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