A Good Hair Transplant Result Is More Than Just Hair Growth


A Good Hair Transplant Result Is More Than Just Hair Growth

Developments in surgical techniques have given the consumer restored faith in the field of hair restoration. Celebrity hair loss sufferers undergoing hair transplants have highlighted improvements in hair transplant techniques. They can give a viable option to those looking for a permanent solution to areas of hair loss. A good hair transplant result though is not just about hair growth on your head. A good hair transplant result is about long term planning and donor hair planning.

Good hair growth is obviously the first aim of a hair transplant procedure. Covering areas of hair loss with permanent new hair growth. The new hair is taken from area of genetically strong hair on the scalp. This area, or donor zone, is a band of hair around the back and sides of the head. The safe zone is finite, meaning it will run out at some point. The hair does not regenerate or regrow once it is removed. As a result planning and care is required to make the most of the donor hair and in general your hair and skin characteristics.

The Safe Donor Zone

FUT hair transplant surgery the doctor harvests the hair from a thin strip of from around the back and sides of the head. The length and width of the strip is ascertained partly from the skin laxity. Follicular Unit Extraction/FUE, on the other hand, uses a micro-punch to extract each FU one by one from around the donor area. They differ in the manner of extraction and the size of the safe zone. With FUE safe zone being much wider in surface area. With either hair transplant technique problems can occur if standards and protocols are not maintained. The main concerns being leaving excessive scarring and loss of hair in the donor area.

Permanent Hair Loss – Over Harvesting

The higher the hair loss stage the smaller the donor safe zone will be. Too much hair removed can result in visible scarring and patchy hair growth around the donor zone. This is common if there is an aggressive harvesting pattern with either hair transplant technique.

With FUT if the strip is too aggressive the linear scar will stretch. A good FUT closure will leave a fine line with hair growth through the line to help camouflage it further. If this line stretches it can be hard to hide. Leaving a visible scar often with a pale complexion. With little to no hair growth in the area. With FUE over-harvesting can result in patchy hair growth. Scatter-gun style scarring around the head. Either of these aggressive approaches can render the donor zone considered to be “open”. Meaning no more hair can be removed.

Permanent Hair Loss – Shock-loss

Shock-loss can occur in both the recipient and donor area. It is a direct result of the hair transplant procedure being performed.

The medical term for shock loss is effluvium, meaning shedding. This can occur when grafts are placed in an area which has hair. It can also occur to the hair left in the donor area after the surrounding hair has been removed. There can be trauma and tissue reaction to the surgery. This can result in causing the existing hair to shed prematurely. It is more common when large or aggressive procedures are performed.

Incisions in both the recipient and donor areas must be customised to the individual patient. The width and length of the strip, the FUE punch tool size and the mechanism of the punch. Can all affect whether shock-loss can occur. There are a multitude of factors that can help reduce the effects of shock loss, smoking/drinking in the coming days to the procedure. However, an aggressive hair transplant performed incorrectly will have a direct influence on the chance of shock-loss. Certain treatments can be used to stimulate hair growth. This may speed up the hair growth if it was going to return.

Enjoy your hair long-term and don´t end up needing a repair

Deciding to have a hair transplant is a big decision. It can be one of the best choices you have made when you get it right. So, don´t make the wrong decision and become a victim of a bad hair transplant. The physical scars may not only be the concerns you are left with. But, mental and added financial ones also. It can come at a great cost to repair a poor hair transplant result. Often requiring multiple procedures to reach a satisfactory result. A compromised donor area may not seem to be a big issue. The results of permanent shock-loss or over-harvesting often only become apparant much later. Even if you achieve the hair growth you desired cannot make up for the damage caused elswehere.

Although the basic principles of a hair transplant may be the same.  The art of creating the most natural results is unique and not the same. It is unfair to compare like for like Clinic unless they offer a like for like service and product. It is important to compare the standards and the technical ability of the Clinic to set your expectations accordingly. A personal assessment will determine if you are a good hair transplant candidate. What is your hair loss stage and age? Are your goals and expectations realistic? Do your donor characteristics allow for hair restoration now and in the future?

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