What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a procedure that involves taking grafts from a donor site, typically the back of the head, and implanting them into areas that need hair, also called the recipient site. Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia is a common condition affecting many men. Men will tend lose their hair in specific patterns described by the Norwood scale. As hair loss progresses the area of baldness increases in the patterns described.
How can I stop hair loss?
There are some ways to slow the progression of hair loss such as using minoxidil foam or cream. Medications such as finasteride or propecia can also reduce the rate of hair loss. These treatments would need to be continued or the rate of hair loss will return to normal.
What can I do to regain my hair?
Once hair has been lost then the measures described are not likely to significantly regrow the hair. This is where hair transplants can help. The donor sites, such as the back of the head, have hair follicles that do not tend to be lost. When they are implanted into the recipient areas of hair loss they will maintain their permanent nature. This means that the transplanted hairs should remain although the natural hair in the area may continue to be lost.
How is a hair transplant performed?
There are a number methods for hair transplants. The traditional strip technique or FUT involves surgically removing a strip of hair from the back of the head. This strip is then sliced under a microscope into fine individual follicular units, hence the name follicular unit transfer FUT. This method leaves a scar along the back of the head. The FUE or follicular unit extraction technique involves taking the individual follicular unit grafts from the back of the head rather than taking a strip. This can be done manually by a surgeon or by a robot. Robotic ARTAS hair transplants are the state of the art method of performing hair transplants. The ARTAS system is a highly accurate device that also protects existing hairs. Mr Nassab is one of a small handful of plastic surgeons that is fully trained in the use of the ARTAS system. He is a co-founder of the exclusive Skin and Follicle clinic in Birmingham where he performs robotic hair transplants.
If you are considering a hair transplant Cheshire, please book a consultation with Mr Nassab to be seen in Cheshire to discuss your hair restoration plan.