Are you Considering a Hair Transplant? Insider Tips Here
Everyone has heard or even seen hair transplant horror stories, perhaps in a magazine, online or even worse considering the obvious ‘plugs’ in an older friend or family member. Either way, hair transplant in Lahore has made a leap in recent years and made it an incentive to make it a viable, safe and not too risky option for people with male pattern baldness are supposed to have undergone a hair transplant operation, although the stigma is attached to the fact that none of them have admitted it publicly, it only becomes clear when studying for and after images.
History of Hair Transplantation
The origin of hair transplant surgery comes from the Japanese dermatologist, Dr. Okuda, who published a revolutionary method in 1939 in a Japanese medical journal about the use of small grafts that were similar to the way hair transplants are performed today. This method involved the use of hair transplant grafts to correct lost hair from various body areas, including the scalp, eyebrow, and mustache areas.
At the end of the 1950s, a doctor, in particular Dr. Norman Orentreich, experiments with the idea of moving the hair on the back and sides of the head or transplanting it to the balding areas. Dr. Orentreich’s experiments showed that when bald resistant hairs are moved at the back and sides of the head, they retain their bald resistant genetic character, regardless of where they were transplanted.
This principle, known as ‘Donor Dominance’, established that hair could be transplanted from the bald resistant donor areas to the balding areas and could continue to grow for a lifetime.
This laid the foundation for modern hair transplantation. During the 60s and 70s, hair transplants grew in popularity. The standard of care, however, concerned the use of larger grafts that were removed by round bumps and often had many hairs.
In the 1980s, hair repair surgery developed dramatically, as the large die-cut implants were gradually replaced by a more sophisticated combination of mini and micro grafts.
This hair transplant of “combination mini micrographs” no longer used the punch to extract the bare resistant grafts. Instead, a strip of bald resistant hair was surgically removed from the back of the head and then shortened to mini and micro grafts.
Types of Hair Transplantation
There are two main methods for surgical hair transplantation of the follicle unit. Follicular unit Transplantation, commonly known as FUT or ‘strip surgery’ and Follicular unit extraction, commonly known as FUE The main difference is the method for extracting the transplanted hair. FUT and FUE are really complementary forms of HT, not competing methods that must be chosen.
FUT vs. FUE
The 90s saw the gradual introduction of a very sophisticated surgical procedure now known as “follicular hair transplantation unit” or “FUT”. This demanding and labor-intensive procedure transposes hair into their naturally occurring one, two, three and four hair “follicular unit groups” in which they grow naturally.
The concept of making the complete hair transplant with only follicular units was proposed by Dr. Robert Bernstein and was described in the 1995 Bernstein and Rassman publication “Follicular Transplantation”.
Crucial to the success of the follicular unit hair transplant procedure was the introduction of the binocular microscope by Dr. ir. Bobby Limmer from San Antonio Texas in the late eighties.
Dr. Limmer discovered that by using the microscope to examine the donor tissue, he was able to successfully isolate the naturally occurring follicular units and cut them into individual grafts. Dr. Limmer shared his techniques and findings with his colleagues and together with Drs. Bernstein, Rassman and Seager were a convincing advocate for the hair of follicular unity.
The process involving follicular hair transplants is considered to be the most effective in hair transplantation methods. With follicular hair transplantation, the surgeon transports the hair from the permanent area at the back of the scalp onto the affected areas.
If you want to cover a large area, then you probably want FUT because it is cheaper in terms of number of grafts for the price paid. If you absolutely do not want strip surgery because you are worried about scars, then FUE is you’re only alternative. Contrary to what is often thought, both methods leave behind scars.
FUT will leave a narrow line across the back of your head, while FUE will leave small non-pigmented dots on your back. The only difference is that the FUE scars are not concentrated together and are therefore more difficult to detect when wearing short hair.
There is no doubt that the FUE procedures are stricter for the grafts than the FUT procedures. As a result, the final growth returns are often lower for FUE compared to FUT. But both procedures work for the most part.
Does cheaper mean that it is better?
Many of my clients sometimes try to reduce costs by using other surgeons, especially in countries such as India, Pakistan, Thailand and Eastern Europe. Although I am sure there have been success stories along this route, remember that there is little guarantee or action available to you in these countries if something goes wrong.
I have seen a hair transplant using the FUT method, although it is not a horror story in terms of scars or suffering, but it did not deliver the expected results from a more established surgeon who placed the same number of grafts (2,000). So he has poor hair coverage, but has now lost the option to shave off everything because of the huge smiley scar in the back of his head!
Check, Check and Check
I recommend that you consider hair transplantation only after you have tried the non-surgical treatments on the market. If you are sure that you want to undergo a hair transplant, I recommend that you do thorough research on reputable doctors, of course price is always a problem, but in the case of hair transplants this should not be the most important factor. The money saved is indeed nothing compared to the trauma that you have to live the rest of your life with a badly damaged scalp. If you decide to go for more budget surgeon, please insist on viewing photos of the surgeons earlier and don’t be afraid to request contact details from their previous patients. For more information visit Hair Aspire.