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Two Kinds of Hair Transplant Surgery

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Just because hair loss is a natural part of life, doesn’t make it any easier to accept when it happens.  Indeed, even though we typically lose about 100 hairs a day, the body is more than capable of growing this hair back. As we age, though, this process grows less and less productive. But even as we get older, as we begin to lose hair, it is important to remember that it is perfectly natural and not necessarily a sign of any health concerns.

Still, both genetics and environmental factors can lead to early hair loss and sometimes you would prefer to look the way you always have. Or maybe this hair loss has resulted in irregular fullness or presence in some places, so you want to fill in the gaps, so to speak.Image result for Two Kinds of Hair Transplant Surgery

Capilia hair loss prevention like this can be possible through hair transplant surgery.

Hair transplant surgery is minimally invasive. It only simply involves taking a healthy hair from the back of the scalp and moving it to the spot or spots where the hair is not growing back as quickly (if at all).  The goal is that these hairs will not only cover the bald spot, of course, is that increased activity from the healthy hair will encourage more hair to grow.

Hair transplantation is simple, too. There are only a couple steps. First, the surgeon cleans the scalp and prepares the spot for injection. Next, the surgeon injects a local anesthetic to numb the skin for the extraction of the hair, using either Folliclular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to retrieve the desired hair strand.

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery

The FUSS procedure involves just the removal of a strip of skin no longer than 10 inches, from the back of the head.  The surgeon will sew the scalp together again, at the extraction spot. They take the extracted strip and divide into 2,000 hair grafts.  These grafts will then, of course, begin growing hair. When enough hair has grown, the new hair can be grafted back into the patient’s scalp.

Follicular Unit Extraction

The FUE process involves shaving the back of the head and then removing only the local hair follicles, one at a time.  Obviously, this area will heal in time, regrowing the hair.  The extracted hair, of course, will then be implanted somewhere else.