Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure in which hair follicles are taken from one part of the scalp (the “donor site”) and transplanted to another part of the scalp (the “recipient site”). The most common method of hair transplantation is called follicular unit transplantation (FUT), in which a strip of scalp is removed from the donor site and the hair follicles are then separated and transplanted to the recipient site. Another method, called follicular unit extraction (FUE), involves removing individual hair follicles from the donor site and transplanting them to the recipient site.
The main advantage of hair transplantation is that it can provide a permanent solution to hair loss. The transplanted hair will continue to grow for the rest of the patient’s life, and the results can be very natural-looking. However, hair transplantation is a major surgical procedure and should be considered carefully before undergoing the procedure.
The procedure typically takes several hours to complete and can be performed under local or general anesthesia. After the procedure, the transplanted hair will typically fall out, but will then begin to grow back within a few months. The full results of the transplant will not be visible until about a year after the procedure.
Side effects of hair transplantation can include pain, swelling, and bleeding at the donor and recipient sites. There may also be some numbness or tingling in the scalp. In rare cases, there may be an infection or an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.
It’s important to have realistic expectations before undergoing a hair transplant. Not all patients will achieve the same results, and the procedure may not be able to restore a full head of hair. It’s also important to keep in mind that hair loss is a progressive condition and that hair loss may continue even after a hair transplant.
Overall, hair transplantation can be a effective treatment option for those with hair loss, but it’s important to understand the risks and benefits of the procedure before making a decision. It’s also important to select a qualified, experienced surgeon to perform the procedure.