Recently hair transplants for men have got a lot of news coverage and media attention, such as when English soccer player Wayne Rooney posted pictures of his visible hair transplant on Twitter. Earlier men would refrain from speaking about any work that they had got done or wanted to get done in the hair department, this would be construed as vanity.
Now however with more men, and even celebrities coming out in the open about battling baldness with different procedures, others can have the courage they need to get the kind of help that they need for bald pates and dissipating head hair.
What is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant or hair restoration surgery involves taking follicular units of 1 to 4 hairs from a permanent hair zone (usually the back of the head in the case of male pattern baldness) and then surgically transplanting them in the recipient area that is losing hair.
One of the best techniques used to transplant hair is the Follicular Unit Transplantation method where the hair is extracted in a strip from the back of the head, and then this strip is closed up with sutures in a way that produces the least obvious scar, which is usually invisible under hair.
This strip is then dissected and the follicular units that result are then surgically inserted into the area of the head that is bald so that the follicles can start to produce hair in that area.
Another type of hair transplant is follicular unit extraction that uses a surgical punch or similar instrument to extract follicular units from the donor site and then transplants this on to the hairless site so that it once again starts to grow hair.
Who can have a transplant done?
Increasingly it isn’t just people with male pattern baldness who opt for hair transplant procedures. Women who have female pattern baldness (usually experienced as hair that thins all over the scalp rather than in any pattern) can also benefit from hair transplants.
Also those who want to restore hair loss in any particular part of the body, such as the eyebrows and so on can also use the procedure. People who have suffered burns or some other type of injury or trauma resulting in hair loss can also benefit from the procedure.
However not everyone can be a good candidate for hair transplant procedures. Hair characteristics have to be taken into account – how dense is the hair at the donor site? What is the scalp quality? What are the expectations that a person has from the procedure? For instance someone with very advanced hair loss may not be a good candidate for the procedure.