Hair restoration is a very broad topic. Treatments can range from medical and surgical treatments to non-surgical treatments.
There are several formulas out on the market that are FDA approved and do have some success with certain people under the right circumstances. These formulas are not right for everyone so additional treatments for hair restoration is usually sought.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery is a very common term these days. Surgical hair restoration is the only permanent technique that can move hair from permanent zones to the balding area. Hair transplant surgery has evolved over the decades. Hair restoration surgery is a procedure where natural groupings of one to four hairs, called follicular units, are extracted from the patient’s donor site then moved to the area of balding, called the recipient area. Hair restoration surgery has been traditionally used for the treatment of male patterned baldness, but it has gained popularity for treatment of female patterned baldness, eyebrow hair loss, and to restore hair in any part of the body. In addition to cosmetic purposes, hair restoration can be used for treatment of hair loss due to trauma or burns. Hair restoration should be performed by certified surgeons, who specialize in hair replacement.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
The most common hair restoration surgery technique is follicular unit transplantation (FUT). In FUT, follicular units are extracted from the back of the head, where hair tends to be more permanent, in a strip of skin called the donor strip. Once the strip is removed, the donor area is either sutured or stitched back up, ideally in a way that minimizes scarring. Removing adequate width of strip helps with minimizing the scarring. If done properly, the remaining scar, called a line scar, will only be visible with short-cropped hair or a shaved head. After the donor strip is extracted, it is dissected into individual follicular units. These are then transplanted into the recipient area in the patient’s balding scalp where they become viable hair-producing follicles
Follicular Unit Extraction
In follicular unit extraction (FUE), follicular units are extracted from the back of the head using a surgical punch or other device. A 1-mm punch is often used to make a small circular incision in the skin around the upper part of the follicular unit, which is then extracted directly from the scalp. Once removed, the donor follicles are transplanted into the recipient area where, as in FUT, they grow hair. This is commonly done by using manual or automated methods. Patients are alert during the entire procedure, as it is a painless experience. It takes 9–12 months for patients to experience full hair regrowth.
Not sure if Surgical Hair Restoration is for you?
There are alternatives if you feel you are not ready for a surgical hair restoration procedure. Hair restoration specialists at Riviera can advise you of the alternatives to surgical hair restoration. A well-designed hairpiece/ hair system can provide an incredible and natural appearance for many patients with thinning hair. A hairpiece requires monthly maintenance and usually must be replaced regularly. If you are ready to talk to one of our hair restoration specialist at Apollo contact us for a free, no obligation and confidential consultation.