Thinning hair is a problem that doesn’t go away. Most people don’t notice when they are losing a lot of hair until it’s unmistakable, or someone else points it out. When you finally realize you have thinning hair, your reaction may range from shaving your head to wearing a hat all the time. But there are effective options to treat thinning hair that can improve your confidence and appearance.
Lotions, pills, shampoos? Anything that is available over the counter is not a permanent solution, and can’t regrow hair in areas where growth is already thin. Artificial treatments like hair pieces or weaves are expensive and often noticeably unnatural.
A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure where healthy hair is taken from an area of dense growth and transplanted into areas with thin or no hair. Your own hair will then grow in the new area, providing a permanent, natural solution to hair loss. There are two main types of hair transplants: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
Also called a strip transplant, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the head. The hair follicles in this strip are dissected and separated into grafts of 1-3 follicles each. The grafts are then implanted in the thinning area, carefully arranged along the planned hairline agreed upon by you and the surgeon. This is the traditional method of hair transplant. There is a scar along the donor site where hair was removed, which is covered by the surrounding hair. FUT does not require general anesthesia and takes about four hours on average.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Because each graft (1-3 hair follicles) is removed singularly with FUE, there is no scar following the treatment. Each graft is implanted with tiny incisions in the area to be treated. FUE does take longer than a strip transplant, up to 8 hours for one session. If more time is needed, additional sessions can be scheduled on consecutive days.
For both methods of hair transplant, you will see the new hair noticeably growing in within 6 months. The appearance of your hair a year after the transplant is generally well established, and the results are permanent.
MAXiM Hair Restoration offers expert and artful hair transplants with amazing results. MAXiM has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.