It is estimated that between fifty and eighty million Americans have some degree of hair loss. While the majority of those affected are men, many women also suffer from hair loss at some point in their lives. Hair loss can dramatically impact the emotional well-being of the affected person, causing him or her embarrassment and frustration. Single follicle hair grafts can help individuals with hair loss to restore a full head of hair and boost their self-confidence.
The Benefits of Single Follicle Hair Grafts
Using single follicle hair grafts for hair transplantation leads to very natural results. This procedure uses follicular unit extraction (FUE) for a less invasive procedure with no scalpel, no sutures, no staples, and no noticeable scars. With a faster recovery time than previous or alternative techniques, hair restoration with single follicle hair grafts produces noticeable, long-lasting results.
The single follicle hair graft procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
First, the sides and back of the head will be shaved. Next, FUE will be performed to extract grafts of one to four hairs from the shaved area. Consistency and quality among the hair grafts are maintained using a single millimeter surgical punch. The small holes left at the extraction sites heal quickly and will be nearly imperceptible within one week after the procedure. Once the hair grafts have been extracted, the hair will then be transplanted to the top and front of the head where hair loss has occurred.
Natural, Long-Lasting Results
The newly grafted hair will begin to grow approximately two to four months after the hair transplantation procedure. Results will appear very natural and will reveal a fuller head of hair. The results of hair restoration using single follicle hair grafts are long lasting to permanent, which means that patients will be able to enjoy their results and newfound confidence for many years after the procedure.
Patients who maintain hair growth on the sides and back of the head may be excellent candidates for hair restoration using single follicle hair grafts. Sufficient donor hair is necessary for transplantation. Additionally, patients should have reasonable expectations and recognize that while the procedure will restore a full head of hair, it cannot restore the same hair density associated with youth.
Hair follicles are living tissues that have cyclical growth. Shedding is a natural part of the hair cycle, which means that a few weeks after transplantation, the newly grafted hairs will shed. Nonetheless, the hair follicles will remain in place, and after a few months, your hair will grow normally.
While this procedure can restore lost hair, it cannot prevent future hair loss from occurring. Some patients will need more than one restoration procedure to maintain their results. Repeat procedures may be desirable for patients with progressive hair loss or patients who wish for more hair density.
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