Common Hair Replacement Surgical Techniques

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Since the first hair replacement surgery was ever performed in 1930’s Japan, research and science have developed a number of innovations and technological advancements to correct hair loss and thinning by using a variety of replacement techniques.  Surgical procedures have become very effective and sophisticated as a result, hence the growth in the popularity of hair replacement surgeries in recent decades.  Needless to say, the transplant procedure is still being practiced more than other procedures.

However, in recent years, two different types of hair replacement surgeries have come into play, and many men as well as women are taking advantage of these in order to correct their condition and arrest its progress.  The benefit is regaining and maintaining an appearance that you once had and were losing.  Unfortunately, society today judges men and women by their appearance and how they maintain it.  Hair replacement surgery helps to achieve this so that you do not suffer at the hands of society.

These different surgical procedures are effective at counteracting male pattern baldness in both men and women by using hair follicle grafts that are resistant to balding from a genetic standpoint.  In so doing, re-growth of hair in the balding scalp areas results.  Another key benefit of hair replacement surgery is that it can also be used to replace and restore beard, chest, and even pubic hair as well as eyebrows and eyelashes.

FUE harvesting

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and is a process wherein individual hair follicles are removed from what is called the “donor” area of the scalp using a tiny punch of hair that measures between 0.6 and 1.25 mm in diameter.  These follicular punches are then implanted into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp with the use of a micro blade to complete the hair replacement procedure.  Only single follicles are used and no significant amount of scalp tissue is removed in the process.  So the benefit is that there is little or no post-surgical pain or visible scars.

Strip harvesting

This is another one of the more popular hair replacement surgical procedures and involves removing a strip of scalp tissue which is then cut into smaller pieces and implanted into the balding areas of the person’s scalp.  This surgical procedure will result in linear scarring in the donor area.  However, this will typically be covered with longer strands of hair.  Additionally, it takes roughly two weeks to recover from this procedure and there will be stitches that need to be removed.

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