The best hair transplant treatments
Hair transplants are considered a cosmetic procedure that are only suitable for those with permanent baldness. And there are a few out there to choose from.
The best hair transplant treatments usually cost around SR10,000 and SR25,000. These hair loss reversal procedures fall into two types: follicular unit extraction (FUE), or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) – also referred to as follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS).
So, which hair transplant procedure is best for you and why?
1. Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
FUE is one of the best hair transplanton surgeries on the market and involves taking individual hair follicles from one part of your body and transplanting them to another. The procedure takes place over multiple sessions (which can take anything between two to five hours) and recovery time for each session is usually around a week.
You should start seeing results around three months after the surgery and should be left with minimal scarring. The hair taken from other areas of the body for the transplant should also quickly re-grow, though this isn’t always true for everyone.
2. Follicular unit transportation (FUT)
For FUT or follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) hair transplant surgeries, the clinician takes a section of skin from the sides or back of your head and removes the individual hair follicles. Like FUE, these follicles are then reinserted to the balding areas on your scalp.
This procedure is usually done in one sitting and can take anywhere from four to eight hours to complete. Recovery time is like FUE, though results can take six to nine months to show. However, patients are typically left with more visible scaring where the skin follicle samples are taken.
3. Neograft hair transplant surgery
Neograft is a relatively new hair transplant technique. Rather than making small incisions to remove the individual hair follicles, they are instead removed with a suction wand. When implanting the follicles into the balding sections of the scalp, the surgeon then uses a machine that makes the incisions and implants the new follicles in the same motion.
It is a popular treatment as it reduces follicle damage and improves the survival and growth rate of new hairs. Overall, it is considered to be faster, more efficient, and results in quicker recovery times and less scarring than FUE or FUT.
4. Low level laser therapies (LLLT)
Low level laser therapy works by using a handheld laser device to radiate photons onto the scalp that encourage blood flow and cell regeneration, encouraging hair re-growth.
LLLT is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure. It is usually carried out over several months, with each session lasting for around 30 to 45 minutes.
The results of LLLT, however, can vary from person to person. Some patients have experienced results but not all.
5. Scalp trichopigmentation (STP)
Also known as scalp micropigmentation (SMP), STP involves applying ink dots that are matched to your hair colour to replicate the look of hair. This method can be done on a temporary or permanent basis with the use of tattooing techniques.
Micropigmentation can also be used alongside some of the best hair transplant surgeries, such as FUE or FUT, to create a more effective look.
Medication such as finasteride can reverse hair loss for those experiencing the early stages of male pattern baldness. Some medications help improve the blood flow under the scalp, such as minoxidil, and can be used by people of all genders.
Steroid injections can also be chosen by alopecia patients to encourage accelerated yet temporary hair growth.
7. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is a form of biotherapy that naturally promotes hair growth.
The treatment itself involves a surgeon extracting a certain amount of blood from the patient, which is then separated by a machine into platelet-poor plasma, and platelet-rich plasma.
The PRP is then injected into the balding areas of your scalp, which can stimulate the follicles and eventually encourages growth and thickness.
Mesotherapy involves injecting natural substances such as plant extracts and minerals into the follicles to promote hair regrowth.
The procedure can improve blood flow and correct hormone imbalances that could be preventing hair growth. It’s also great for skin too and can help to rejuvenate and tighten.
Microneedling is used to encourage hair regrowth, mainly for alopecia patients. The procedure works by your surgeon using a handheld needle roller, which creates small punctures on the scalp. It can aid in inducing stem cells in hair follicles, which encourages hair growth.
10. Hair loss shampoos
Prescribed and even over-the-counter shampoos can target hair follicles and help to balance hormones that can promote hair loss.
They can also include amino acids and certain vitamins that can help rebuild hair and follicles, as well as repair damage and inflammation.
When looking for the best hair transplant treatment, it’s important to do your research and speak to your doctor to learn which treatment is the best option for you.
If surgical hair transplants don’t sound like something that you would like to do, there are many non-surgical, non-invasive methods for you to consider.
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