The amount of hair on the head of a person is one of the first things people notice when they look at another person. There are many people that think the appearance of their hair is one of the most important aspects of their appearance. Society generally considers the appearance of a full head of hair as a sign that a person is youthful and successful. Plus, a hairline that has a great amount of density often helps a person have a better self-image about their appearance. Cosmetic Town devoted the month of August to the topic of hair restoration and how it impacts those with a lot of hair as well as those suffering from hair loss. In the past, hair loss was often covered with a hat or by combing the remaining hair over the balding area of the scalp. These days, more people are using a hair transplant to restore the hair on their scalp and enjoy a life with the amount of hair density they desire.
We want to make sure you have all of the information you need when it comes to the topic of hair restoration. That means it is time for a recap of our August spotlight on hair restoration. Think of this as a hair transplant pop quiz where we go ahead and give you all of the answers!
Hair Restoration Methods
Before we discuss the individual methods of hair restoration, take a look at our articles that provided a more in-depth look at some specific methods of hair restoration.
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Now that you have a better idea of the basics of hair restoration, here are the most popular methods of hair restoration and how they are performed:
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a hair restoration technique where the hair transplant surgeon harvests the hair grafts on an individual basis from the scalp donor area of the patient. The surgeon removes the hair grafts without creating a linear scalp scar. A punch instrument makes tiny circular incisions around the follicular unit to better isolate the hair graft that will be removed. Once the follicular units are removed from the donor area, they are counted and arranged in groups that are put together according to the number of hairs in each graft. Then, the hair grafts are placed in premade incisions in the balding area.
- FUE hair transplant can also be performed by Robotic FUE (ARTAS) which uses computer assistance to harvest the hair follicles. A tensioner is placed over the donor area in order to stabilize the skin. The ARTAS system determines the hair graft characteristics as well as the direction of the emerging hair. The doctor programs the ARTAS system to separate the follicle groups and also dissect the grafts so they will be ready to be transplanted by the hair transplant surgeon.
- Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is when the hair transplant surgeon trims a narrow strip of hair from the patient. The next step involves cutting a strip of scalp from the back of the head, in the area where the hair was trimmed, in order to remove the skin with the hair follicles. The skin is stitched back together by the surgeon and then the follicular units are dissected in a natural grouping by the surgical team. Tiny incisions are made in the scalp so the hair grafts can be implanted in the natural direction of their growth.
- Eyebrow Transplant gives patients that lack the desired hair density they desire by transplanting hair from other parts of the body into the eyebrows. An eyebrow transplant is also able to fill-in patchy areas where hair is missing.
- Body to Scalp Hair Transplant is an ideal option for patients lacking the necessary amount of hair in the donor area of the scalp to perform a hair transplant. The hair restoration surgeon can take hair from other parts of the body and move it to the scalp to provide the desired density of hair.
- Hairline Lowering is ideal for patients, especially female patients, with a hairline they feel is high in its appearance. This procedure, also known as forehead reduction, begins with a small incision made along the natural hairline. The hair-bearing tissue is moved forward and sutured into a new position that is lower on the patient. After the incision is closed, hair follicles are moved from the back or sides of the scalp and transplanted into the newly lowered hairline.
Cosmetic Town makes it Easy to Find the Best Hair Restoration Doctors
Once you have a better idea of what type of hair transplant technique you want to undergo, it is time to find a board-certified surgeon to handle your particular procedure. We make it easy for you to find the best hair restoration surgeons across the country with our convenient “best of” lists of the top hair transplant doctors in the United States:
The Best of the Rest of Our Hair Restoration Spotlight
Hair restoration is more than the typical method of removing hair from the donor area on the back of the scalp to transplant in the balding area. In order to provide a complete overview of hair transplant options, Cosmetic Town showcased hair restoration techniques and took you behind the scenes of female FUT. In addition, we looked at an experimental method that needs further testing, gave some warnings for those thinking about having a hair transplant outside of the United States and even looked at laser hair removal!
It’s been an exciting month of exclusive hair restoration news and information designed to make a difference in the lives of those wanting to have a hair restoration procedure. Have any questions or need further information about any of the articles you found on Cosmetic Town? If so, contact us today!