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As you age, your hair starts to fall out due to cell degeneration. Hair loss can also be caused by  genetic and physiological reasons, such as stress. Regardless of the reason, no one wants to be bald. There are various ways to restore your hair. Hair loss in its early stages can be controlled and even reversed with oral and topical medications. You need a doctor’s prescription for buying anti-hair loss pills and take them as prescribed.

You can also use hair loss concealers if you have bald patches and you think medications are not helping. There are hairpieces, toupees, and customized wigs that you can use to conceal the bald spots. These hair loss concealers usually do not harm the existing hair, but long-term use may damage the remaining hair. The solution they offer is also only temporary and there’s always the risk of being seen bald. If you want a more permanent solution to your problem, considering a hair transplant surgery may be the best option.

Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction involves extracting an individual’s hair strands one at a time and implant them into the bald areas. There’s no need to remove strips of skin, so you won’t have a permanent scar. FUE is minimally invasive with less surgical fatigue and downtime. However, since the process of extraction exposes the hair grafts for a long time, it jeopardizes the graft’s survival after the transfer. This means the surgical planning of this treatment option is an important factor.

In order to accommodate the hair transplant on the bald areas, you need to have enough hair at the back of your scalp. This is also important to maintain even thickness throughout your scalp area.

There are other factors that qualify your eligibility for undertaking this procedure. Your doctor will  assess your baldness pattern to determine the best method for gathering donor reserve hair. The hair that is already affected by the genetic baldness also possesses the same characteristics of the bald areas, so the hair may come out slowly even after treatment.

Follicular Unit Transplant Strip Procedure

Follicular Unit Transplant Strip Procedure or FUE is a process in which a skin strip that contains hair follicles is taken from the back of your scalp and transferred to the bald areas. The skin is dissected to separate the hair grafts. A 20-centimeter skin strip can usually have 1,500 to 2,000 hair follicles.

The donor area or the part of the scalp where the strip of skin is removed leaves an open wound that is closed and stitched into a small linear scar that may be concealed underneath upper hair layers. Poor surgical planning of the strip removal and wound closure can leave a more noticeable permanent scar.

Proper assessment of the healthy texture and thickness of the donor hair is needed to determine the number of grafts that should be used to effectively conceal the bald area and prevent prominent scarring. Contact Virginia Hair Transplant today for more information.