It’s fairly common for UK men to have a problem with balding. It’s far less common for women to suffer the same fate, but it does happen occasionally.
It’s fairly common for UK men to have a problem with balding. It’s far less common for women to suffer the same fate, but it does happen occasionally. Hair transplants is a topic that’s talked about in hush voices usually between men who have lost some hair in the front or crown areas – or both – and are looking at the options that are open to them.
There are many solutions that claim to solve the problem. Topical creams that will magically grow the hair back for them are one, but it’s fair to say that these are bogus. When a hair follicle has died, it doesn’t magically come back to life!
Here we outline the history of hair transplants and the new technology providing a real solution.
Hair Replacement with Hair Plugs
Hair plugs were originally conceived in the 1950s. The idea was to remove at least 3mm of skin with the hair attached and then re-attach it to the necessary area. The section affected would have about 20 new hairs once the procedure was completed.
The procedure was painful because it meant carving out small parts at the back of the scalp to get the skin and hair, so the recovery time was extended. The resultant look didn’t appear at all natural to the eye. People who had hair plugs were often dissatisfied because it was obvious to other people that they had work done.
Hair Replacement Using Strip Surgery
Strip surgery is a little different. Here lateral strips from the back of the head where hair grows reliably get removed. The process requires invasive surgery but does successfully acquire a line of hair follicles that can then be attached to the necessary placement area.
Once the procedure is complete, lateral scars are evident at the back of the head where the hair was taken. Other hair must cover these scars to hide the surgery. Recovery time is better than with plugs but is still extended due to the invasive nature of the surgery.
Hair Transplants Using Follicular Unit Extraction
The latest high-tech technique involves using a special tool to remove hair follicles from the back of the neck and applying them to the right area that needs more hair. The removal tool is less than 1mm thick but that’s big enough to safely remove the hair follicles. Because the tool is smaller, the affected area heals up much faster than with other surgery methods.
Thankfully, hair transplant results are excellent with the latest procedure. Every hair follicle is carefully removed and applied in a painstaking process that delivers pleasing results for the patient. No longer do men and women who suffer from worries about hair loss need to sit and suffer.
Hair replacement using this latest technique has been hitting the headlines because UK celebrities like Chef & TV host Gordon Ramsey have experienced good results with the follicular unit extraction technique, and so have YouTubers who’ve tried it too. Thankfully, it’s not just a procedure for the rich and famous. Anyone who feels the need to have the work done can enquire about it. It may be high time to take advantage of this revolution in hair transplanting to get the look you’ve always wanted but felt deprived of.