At first look, the surgical hair restoration industry may seem relatively simple to navigate through. Whereas there are thousands of different medicinal and natural hair loss remedies out there, there is only a handful of surgical hair restoration techniques commonly used. And there is a general consensus among the industry participants about one thing - hair transplantation is currently the preferred technique of surgical hair restoration.
Hair transplantation is a type of cosmetic surgery and as such it can be reasonably profitable. It is a fast-growing business and hair transplant clinics are mushrooming in all corners of the world. Competition in the field is growing and rivalry between hair transplant clinics often leads to a confusing news-flow. So what matters most in hair transplant surgery? It is not so much the possession of the latest technology. The two factors having the greatest weight are the surgeon's skills in creating the optical illusion of a full head of hair, and the price. Hence, your ability to identify a competent hair transplant surgeon at a reasonable price is the key. You will find a lot of information on the web on how to recognise a good surgeon, including countless lists of "approved" surgeons. A cautious and considerate approach is required here. You should educate yourself first, so that you can make an informed decision. Hair transplantation is going to change your look permanently.
Other types of hair restoration surgeries (other than hair transplantation) include scalp reduction, hair lift, tissue expansion and flap surgery. You only need to remember the names of these barbaric techniques in order to stay away from them.
Overview of Hair Transplantation
Hair transplantation is the redistribution of your own remaining hair, when your hair follicles are surgically removed from the back of the scalp and implanted in the bald area where they are needed most. Many people wrongly assume that donor hair is another person's hair. Donor hair is your own genetic material and, since it comes from the back of your scalp, it is resistant to balding and can be successfully transplanted. It is also possible to use your own body hair as an additional source of donor hair.
Factors and Risks in Hair Transplantation
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for hair transplantation. The most decisive factors include hair density in the donor area, the pattern and scope of baldness, the quality of the donor hair, such as its thickness, colour, waviness, etc., and the flexibility of the scalp. Hair transplantation is a type of cosmetic surgery and as such it is associated with many risks common to other surgeries. It is not covered by health insurance policies and, if multiple procedures are needed to achieve the desired change, it may be difficult to estimate the total cost.
Hair Transplantation Techniques
The first hair transplantation was performed in Japan in the 1930s and since then hair transplant technology has been rapidly evolving, so that the two main techniques used today have both been introduced only in the past two decades. Both of them consist in transplanting individual hair follicles, which gives today's hair transplants a completely natural look, recognisable only upon close inspection.
Choosing a Hair Transplant Surgeon
Hair transplantation creates an optical illusion of a full head of hair by redistributing the existing hair around your scalp. The main constraint is the limited supply of donor hair that can be used to achieve the final change. In addition, creating a natural-looking hairline is another critical factor. But there are many others that have to be considered. Therefore, your ability to find a skilled hair transplant surgeon is the key to achieving final satisfaction.