Hair transplants aim to restore hair growth to areas of the scalp with limited growth or absence. They are effective treatments for many types of hair loss, but they cannot prevent future hair loss. For long-term results, people may need follow-up implants.
Hair loss and thinning hair are a normal part of aging, but they can also occur due to a medical condition or scalp injury. Some people with hair loss may choose to have their hair implanted for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons.
In this article, we look at the success rates for different types of hair transplants, as well as how long they last and the possible side effects.
During a hair transplant, the surgeon removes the follicles from a dense area of hair, such as behind the head, which they will call the donor area. They then implanted the cysts into small slots on the affected area of the scalp.
There are two main types of hair transplants:
- Cyst Unit Surgery (FUSS). The surgeon removes a strip of skin from the donor area and closes the incision with stitches. They will then use a microscope to separate the donor's skin into small follicle units containing one or several hair follicles and insert these into the desired area.
- Follicle extraction unit (FUE). The surgeon will use a small perforated tool to remove the follicle from the donor area. Although this procedure will still result in some …