50% of men are affected by Male Pattern Baldness, by the time they reach 50. Everyone loses hair daily at a rate of approximately 50 to 150 individual hairs per day. Usually, the hair will grow back. If the hair follicle is thinned, however, this re-growth does not occur.
All men experience some degree of gradual hair loss in their lifetime because of natural aging and changes in the male hormone androgen. Women also may experience hair loss.
Through hair transplantation procedures, medical science in the last two decades has made huge strides, not only human hair restoration, but in providing balding men a renewed sense of pride, joy, and self-confidence.
A hair restoration procedure involves removing hair from the “donor” area, usually at the back of the head. And transplanting them to patches of scalp where the hair has stopped growing. The behavior of transplanted hair is like the behavior of hair from where they originated.
TYPES OF HAIR TRANSPLANT
There are three types of hair transplants DHI, FUT, and FUE. The differences between them are the method by which the hair is extracted and transplanted. Deciding which transplant is right for you can be determined during your clinic consultation. The most popular and preferred method is FUE.
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant)
FUT is a long-established form of hair transplant, during which a long thin strip of scalp is removed, typically from the lower back of the head. The hair follicles are then removed from the strip; divided into single units and transplanted into the desired area. The area of the scalp from where the strip was removed is then sewn back together. Typically, an FUT procedure is quicker, due to the required follicles being removed at the same time.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
FUE is a well-trusted and preferred technique for hair transplants. In this procedure, rather than removing the follicles in one go – as with the FUT – small, circular cuts are made to remove individual follicles, or groups of follicles, from all over the donor area of the scalp. This is repeated until the surgeon has enough follicles to cover the hair loss area.
DHI (Direct Hair Implant)
The DHI procedure is quite like the FUE, except on an even more precise scale. Follicles are removed from the donor area one by one and placed separately into the affected area of hair loss using a specialist implanter tool. This technique is a more recent development in the hair loss world.