Thanks to advances in surgical technology, a hair transplant remains one of the most effective and safest ways to permanently restore hair loss. There are several factors that can help determine a successful hair transplant. These include: the skill of the surgeon, age and general health of a client, existing hair quality and extent of current hair loss.
An experienced and respected surgeon is an essential ingredient to a successful transplant. A good surgeon will also have necessary accreditations and be part of a credible organisation – for instance, Royal College of Surgeons in the UK. Word of mouth can often be very helpful in terms of yielding a reputable surgeon. An experienced surgeon will be familiar with advanced surgical techniques. It’s unfortunate that, over the years, transplants have often suffered from poor technique. ‘Harvesting’ hair in large quantities from the back of the neck and replanting in the crown area has sometimes resulted in a ‘pluggy’ look. Nowadays, transplant techniques are thankfully much more sophisticated. There are two main types of surgery: FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation – and a relatively new technique called FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction. FUT involves extracting a strip of hair from the ‘donor area’ – normally the back of an individual’s head. The strip is then divided into sections and follicles are implanted into the recipient area. FUE, introduced in 2002, offers a more sophisticated approach to a transplant where hairs are individually extracted and replanted into the designated area. With more precise haartransplantation Frankfurt implanting and less scarring, FUE is a great and effective surgical breakthrough.
It’s all very well finding a good, reputable surgeon but remember you must also be a suitable candidate for a transplant! So what makes a good candidate? Age and general good health are very important factors. If you’re still young e.g. under 25, genetic hair loss could unfortunately still continue. Individuals must also be fit, eat healthily and undertake a moderate amount of activity to qualify for surgery. A hair transplant is, after all, a surgical procedure involving anaesthetic and recovery can take up to 14 days. Finally, one of the most important factors determining a successful hair transplant is the quality of the existing or ‘donor’ hair (which must be your own!). If you have healthy and plentiful hair around the sides of your head – and you meet other requirements – chances are you will be a good candidate for a hair transplant. FUE can accommodate up to 3,000 grafts over 2 days but if you’re almost bald all over, an alternative approach to hair restoration could be more effective i.e. a custom-made hair piece.