It is assumed that hair transplant procedures are only for individuals who are showing early signs of pattern baldness or who have gone completely bald, but that isn’t always the case. Individuals who are experiencing extreme thinning of the hair may be a good candidate for hair follicle transplant procedures.
We will explore what procedure is the best for patients looking to add density to their hair. We will also look at what patients can expect should they go through with this type of transplant procedure.
Follicular Unit Extraction is the Preferred Method of Hair Transplant for Hair Loss
There are two types of procedures performed by surgeons at hair loss treatment clinics: FUE and strip harvesting. While both procedures can help individuals who suffer from hair loss, one procedure, follicular unit extraction, is the preferred procedure used when patients want to add density to their hair.
FUE allows surgeons to take completely healthy hair follicles from various parts of the body, such as surrounding areas on the scalp, chest, arms, and legs, and transplant them into areas where the patient is balding or the hair is thinning. This transplant procedure is not only minimally invasive, but it has proven extremely successful when patients want to thicken their hair.
The other procedure, strip harvesting, is often used when patients want to correct large bald spots. This procedure is more invasive, leaves a scar, and has a longer healing time which is why most surgeons will suggest follicle unit extraction when a patient is looking to get fuller, thicker hair.
Who is a Good Candidate for FUE Procedure for Hair Thinning?
Before hair transplant can even be considered for thinning hair, it is important to make sure the hair loss is not caused by other underlying medical conditions. Some medical conditions that may cause hair thinning or hair loss include alopecia, thyroid issues, and infections. Some medicines may even cause hair loss. It is important to rule out any underlying cause of hair loss or hair thinning because transplant procedures will not fix the problem.
If there is no underlying cause of hair loss or hair thinning then a surgeon will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for follicle unit extraction. A good candidate has the following qualities:
- Good health – some blood clotting disorders may make you unable to get a hair follicle transplant procedure
- Patients with good, dense donor hair
- Patients with the possibility of future hair loss or hair thinning
What to Expect from a Hair Transplant Procedure for Hair Thinning
Thicker, fuller hair does not happen immediately after a transplant procedure. In fact, it could take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to see noticeable results from the procedure. For most patients, their hair will appear thinner than before the procedure and then start to slowly grow back thicker and fuller.
If you are suffering from thinning hair, let the doctors at Contemporary Hair Transplant help you. Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help you with your thinning hair.