HAIR! Whether we spend time washing it, shaving it, or styling it, most people are very aware of the hair all over their own body.
Hair, especially on the top of the head, is an important part of how people chose to present themselves. It is associated with beauty and good looks, and those who lose their hair tend to lose some confidence as well.
Luckily, thanks to modern science, technology, and medicine, people DON’T have to lose their hair anymore!
As the solution to the balding process still remains a mystery to scientists, hair transplants have become extremely popular in recent times as a remedy to hair loss.
In this video, BBC Earth Lab discusses the various hair transplantation techniques in detail and explains science hair loss.
Our entire bodies possess the ability to grow hair, besides a few spots like our lips, palm of our hands, and soles of our feet and the hair on all areas of the body grows the same.
All hairs have a hair follicle, which is where hairs increase overtime in length. Naturally, hairs do fall out and are replaced by new ones. Unfortunately, for some people, hairs in certain areas stop growing and never replace themselves.
There are a number of causes that could stop hairs from growing. It could be due to a major trauma which would leave scar tissue without follicles. More commonly, the follicles seem to just simply stop growing hair.
A hormone called dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT, seems to interfere with the hair follicles and stop them from growing hair. This type of hair loss is referred to as alopecia.
The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (5-AR) converts testosterone into DHT and about 10% of testosterone is usually converted into DHT. Both men and women can have alopecia; however, it is more common amongst men.
Men naturally produce more testosterone, therefore it makes sense that they would be more commonly affected. In fact, this type of hair loss is most commonly known as male pattern baldness.
Hair transplants have become increasingly popular over the years, and they offer a solution to those that are losing their hair. Not only are the hair strands transplanted, but healthy hair follicles as well.
Back in the 1950s, doctors discovered that it was possible to successfully remove a hair follicle from one area of the body and transplant it to another area. They also discovered that around the back and sides of the head exits a “safe zone” of permanent hair growth that is not affected by the alopecia and holds many healthy follicles that can be used for transplantation.
The first type of hair transplants used what are called “plugs.”
Surgeons would remove small patches of skin that had about 20 follicles each and then insert these plugs into the bald area. This often left patients with unnatural looking hair.
In the last few decades, hair transplantation procedures have greatly improved. Rather than moving 20 follicles together at once, hair transplants now entail moving just one or two follicles, or follicular units, at a time.
There are two popular transplantation methods in which this occurs.
The first method is called Follicular Unit Transplantation, also known as the Strip Method. It involves removing a strip of skin from the safe zone along the back of the head. This strip is then cut and sliced into individual follicles.
Next, these follicular units are inserted into small slits that were made on the bald area of the head.
The other popular method is called Follicular Unit Extraction. This technique uses a tool to cut around individual follicular units and just remove that very small piece, leaving the rest of the skin intact. These follicular units are typically taken from the safe zone as well.
These cuts leave very tiny circular holes that will heal and barely leave any scarring. Then these individual units are inserted into the small slits that were made on the bald area of the head.
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