Hair replacement is also called as surgical hair transplants which involves removing small pieces of hair bearing area of the scalp and replacing them to the bald or thinning area of the scalp. In simple term it is a surgery that involves the removal of hair from certain area of head where there is lot of hair and replacing these hairs on the bald area.
Hair replacement also involves non surgical techniques which is a great option for those who want to re again the appearance of head full of hair without any surgery. Different kind of hair prosthesis are made and produced for the consumers who really want to avoid the hair transplant surgery. These hair prosthesis are also called as hair piece. Hair piece is made of either polymers or mesh. Depending on the clients hair requirement, hair piece can be purchased. Hair Transplantation Methods Due to advancement in the technology, many hair transplant physicians are able to use different techniques to remove and transplant the large number of hair follicles. Currently there are two primary procedures preferred by many surgeons and physicians. They are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) This process involves the extraction of hair follicles by removing the small tissue from the back of the head or the area where hairs are dense.
These hair follicles are harvested and then each hair follicle is individually transplanted to the desired or bald area of the head. Pros of using FUT 1. It is outpatient surgery hence most of the time patients can go back to the work next day. 2. Large area of baldness can be covered in a single or fewer settings. 2. Cost of transplant using this method is lower as compared to other methods. However cost may vary depending on the condition and needs of the patients. 3. Scar on the back of the head is so thin that it is almost invisible and after few weeks scar completely disappear as well. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) In this procedure, no tissue is required to be removed. Each follicular unit is taken directly from the scalp in a random way hence the person will not notice the reduced density of hair at certain part of the head. However there will be small punctured marks at the site of hair removal, these marks can be healed easily.
These hair follicles are harvested and then transplanted to the desired part of the head. Pros of using FUE 1. No scar and no stitches required, hence healing is faster than FUT. 2. Discomfort and pain is less as there is direct removal of tissue. 3. Recovery time is quicker than FUT hence patients can go to work next day as well. Conclusion It is critical to understand the requirement of your hair and objectives of each procedure from the physician before going ahead with any of the procedures.