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How Are Follicular Units Used In Hair Transplant Surgery?

Certain doctors have been aware of follicular units for a long time now, but the knowledge only recently made its way into hair transplant methods. Now these ideas are being used in hair restoration every day.

To understand how follicular units have affected hair transplant surgery practices, it is necessary to first understand what a follicular unit is. A follicular unit is a single entity that is made up of several parts. All these parts are necessary to the whole.

The first part, and the one most people getting hair transplant surgery are interested in, is the hairs. There should be one to four full hair follicles in the unit and one or two fine hairs as well. There are sebaceous glands in the follicular unit which produce oil.

Follicular Units in hair transplant

The follicular unit is a living unit with muscle, nerves and blood vessels that are all tiny enough to fit into this small package. The unit is set off by a band of collagen that holds it together. If you look under a microscope at a scalp, you can see follicular units growing in just this way.

The idea of bringing this information into hair transplant procedures led to innovative surgical methods. Rather than just moving around individual hair follicles, surgeons actually moved a unit which contained everything the hair needed to keep growing. The results were ground-breaking.

One way surgeons used to move the donor follicular units to the balding areas was by single strip harvesting. This is done by moving small strips of tissue containing follicular units. This method keeps the units intact and ready to transplant. Earlier methods such as mini-grafting and micro-grafting broke up the follicular units.

As a part of the hair transplant process with Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), a new microscope technique was used. It is called stereomicroscopic dissection. This means that the follicular units are carefully taken out of the donor tissue and kept individually intact.

When doctors use hair transplant procedures with FUT, they do not have to use quite as large of a donor site. The follicular units are small and they can be separated from tissue that has no hair, under the microscope. That way, only the tissue that grows hair is transplanted. It is a much more efficient procedure in that way.

Follicular units placed during hair transplant procedures are put into tiny holes the size of needles. The insertion sites heal quickly, and they leave no marks.

This makes for a much more comfortable recovery and better results. FUT hair transplant procedures can make a big difference in the number of times a patient will have to go back for more treatments. More grafts can be done at one session, so that the patient has to go back fewer times. This is more convenient to patients.

Hair transplants done using follicular unit procedures is becoming more and more the norm. Possibly this is because it puts hair into the scalp in the same arrangement as it grows there naturally. This represents a leap forward in hair transplant technology.

Contact Us For More Information or submit the Contact Form on this page to request your complimentary consultation by phone, Skype or with a MAXIM hair transplant physician or surgeon near you.

You can also Email your pics to MAXIM to find out if you are a good candidate for an ultra-natural MAXIM hair transplant OR to obtain an estimate for your procedure and the approximate number of grafts that would be required to get you a great result.

Facts about Hair Transplant

Few facts about hair transplant surgery that are not widely known. It is getting more common for people to get hair transplant procedures as the methods keep improving. It is just less obvious than in earlier times when everyone could spot a person with bad hair plugs.

Facts About Hair Transplant Surgery

facts about hair transplant

1. A large percentage of men have balding issues.

In fact, 50% of American men that are 50 years old or older are dealing with some amount of hair loss. Hair problems in today’s society beg to be conquered. Some do it by shaving their heads completely. Others take the exact opposite route and have hair transplant. Those who accept their baldness may have a healthy psyche, but they are slightly out of step with the rest of the world.

2. The procedure is permanent.

If you decide you do not like the results, it is not as simple as taking off a wig to change your hair. You would have to go through one or two sessions. This is why you should never accept any doctor’s offer to do just a few hair grafts and see how you like it before doing a full hair transplant surgery. You need to do a reasonably sized session in order to see a meaningful difference.

3. You need one or two days of rest following your hair transplant procedure.

Since the operation is so easy to endure, you might think that you can jump up and go right back to your regular activities. It is just your scalp after all, not muscle or bone. The truth is that you have many small wounds and you need to protect them.

4. A typical hair transplant session takes a few hours.

It can take up to six months to see the results. Many people opt for an additional session after six months or a year in order to develop more density and get more hair.

5. A Hair transplant is the best alternative to non-surgical solutions;

– Such as wigs, hair pieces, solutions, lotions, potions, etc. that generally do not work or have limited results.

6. Follow the instructions of the hair transplant physician or surgeon following their procedure.

How you care for your scalp and hair for the first week or two following your hair transplant is key. For example, if you stand under a shower or comb your hair with a brush, you may lose some transplanted follicles and grafts.

7. Hair transplant treatments do not cost as much as you think.

For example, you might spend $3,500 to $5,000 on a hair transplant which will last a lifetime. If you live say 50 years following your hair transplant, that’s less than $10 per month. Non-surgical solutions such as wigs, hair pieces, etc. cost a lot more.

From a financial standpoint, it’s a no brainer and the results are natural and permanent.

Which of the facts about hair transplant you like most? Contact Us For More Information or submit the Contact Form on this page to request your complimentary consultation by phone, Skype or with a MAXIM hair transplant physician or surgeon near you.

You can also Email your pics to MAXIM to find out if you are a good candidate for an ultra-natural MAXIM hair transplant OR to obtain an estimate for your procedure and the approximate number of grafts that would be required to get you a great result.