The world of hair restoration can be a confusing place with all types of different terminology. Therefore, we are here to help tackle some of this confusion. For those suffering from hair loss, it can be a confidence killer, and cause stress amongst other things. Some people say hair just grows back, but for those suffering from patterned baldness or conditions such as alopecia, meaning no hair can grow, there are treatments out there that can restore someone’s hair, allowing them to have confidence, and not hide who they truly are anymore.
There are hair transplants, hair plugs, wigs or hair attachments, among other hair treatments. Each may have some similarities or are completely different and serve different purposes. The word “implant” means to insert or fix in a person’s body, especially by surgery. A hair implant is just that. It is a piece of material that is inserted into the scalp or attached in some way. Like the name sounds, a hair implant is placed or implanted into an individual’s scalp. However, with advanced hair transplant procedures, the idea of artificial hair implants is becoming old hat, so to speak.
Today, a hair implant and transplant mean the same thing. It is also called hair grafting or hair transplant surgery. Hair transplant involves the “implantation” of hair from a donor site, where hair follicles are typically gathered from the back and sides of the head. These healthy growing hairs are resistant to the DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) your body typically produces towards the top of your head. DHT is a powerful androgen hormone that builds up and inhibits new hair growth, causing thinning and baldness for many men.
At MAXIM Hair Restoration, for men or women who desire a fuller head of hair, we mainly perform two types of hair transplant procedures – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT).
During FUE, hair follicles are transferred to the site of baldness or hair loss from the back of the head (donor site) one at a time. This is a lengthier procedure, but the results are a remarkably natural and healthy head of hair. Compared to FUT, there is no possibility of visible scarring, and you can return to your usual work the next day.
During Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT), hair is collected and transplanted from the donor site, but instead of the hairs being done one follicle at a time, this procedure uses a strip of hair called a donor strip that contains thousands of hair follicles. Each strip is then transplanted into the area that needs it. While there is some scarring with this procedure, it is often minimal and covered when the donor area grows back in. FUT can also cover a larger area in less time, making it a desirable approach.
To learn more about the hair implant procedure, Contact MAXiM today for a consultation. We also offer less invasive procedures such as PRP treatment and laser therapy, but transplants are the gold standard for regaining a healthy full head of hair.