Today, Hair Loss Is Optional
It is estimated that around 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by the time they reach the age of 35. This rate continues to increase with age, which sees approximately 65% of men having noticeable hair loss by the age of 60 and 80% by the age of 80.
Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, more than 50% of all men over the age of 50 are affected by male pattern baldness to some extent.
Around 50% of all women start losing their hair by the time they are 50 years old.
In this day and age, hair loss is optional. When it comes to surgical hair restoration, there are two techniques.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): It is also known as strip procedure. During FUT surgery, a long, thin sliver of hair bearing scalp tissue is removed from the donor area in the back and sides of the scalp. The donor site edges are then closed leaving a single, generally fine scar. Then the individual hair follicular units are removed from that strip via stereo-microscopic dissection. The hair follicular units are then implanted into the area of hair loss.
Follicular Unit Excision (FUE): It is also known as punch procedure. During FUE surgery, hair is harvested through small circular incisions over larger area of the donor zone on posterior scalp and side of the scalp leaving behind tiny, round, scars. The hair follicular units are then implanted into the area of hair loss. FUE procedures have grown increasingly popular with the development of new handheld devices and motorized devices.
Both FUE and FUT have pros and cons. Each may be preferred in a given patient at a given time depending on multiple factors, and because of changing circumstances they may both be used during an individual’s lifetime to obtain optimal results.
So, when it comes to hair transplant surgery, remember, “It is not the tool that matters but the hands that hold the tool that matters”. In a nutshell, make sure that the procedure is done by a competent surgeon along with the technician team.