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What Causes Hair Loss?
Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons. Environment, emotional state, eating habits, and illness can all contribute to hair loss in men and women. Genetic pattern baldness is also a common reason for hair loss in both sexes. It is normal to lose a certain amount of hair (as much as 100 strands a day), but that loss should be replaced by healthy, new growth. In cases where hair lost is not replaced, patients may seek hair transplants or pursue other regrowth solutions.
How is Female Hair Loss Different From Male Hair Loss?
While hair loss in women may be less common than it is in men, it is still more widespread than many people realize. Women make up 40 percent of hair loss sufferers in the United States. The reason for female hair loss may be environmental, emotional, dietary, physical, or genetic. Some women also experience hair loss during pregnancy. Female hair loss is different from male hair loss because it usually doesn’t result in total baldness, but it can still cause significant distress.
How Can You Tell if You’re Losing Your Hair?
It can be difficult to definitively determine whether you’re suffering from hair loss. Some patients realize that they are starting to lose their hair when they notice extra strands in the sink drain, on their pillows, or in the shower. Other people start to notice hair loss visually, for example when they realize that their part is wider than it used to be. Women may notice that their ponytail is thinner and seek hair loss treatment. Extremely rapid hair loss usually has a specific cause and should be addressed immediately. Slower hair loss is harder to track, but it also has a cause and needs to be addressed.
What is the Difference Between FUT and FUE Transplants?
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) is a technique that excises a strip of hair from the posterior scalp. Hair from the strip is then transplanted into the area where hair is missing or patchy. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a technique that harvests individual hair follicles from the donor area and implants them individually into the area with missing hair, avoiding a scar on the patients’ scalp.
How Long Will the Hair Restoration Take?
The transplant time varies for each person, since everyone needs a different amount of follicles transplanted. The majority of hair transplants will run six hours or less. For very large or complicated transplants, the surgery may take longer, however patients often pass time by watching movies or television.
Will There Be Any Scarring?
While the scarring is typically very minor, the FUE method of hair follicle transplant can leave tiny, almost invisible scars. With the FUT hair transplantation technique, there will be a long linear scar in the area where the donor hair is taken. However, this scar is very thin and is typically easily concealed quickly by short hair growth. Many hair transplant patients, whether using the FUE or the FUT method, have scars that are nearly impossible to see except by hairdressers.
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How Long Does it Take For New Hair to Grow?
In most cases, hair transplants grow over a period of around eight months, at which point the majority of the new hair growth will be evident. Hair growth often starts at four months.
What is the Donor Zone?
The donor zone is the area from which healthy hair follicles are taken to be used in the areas that lack hair. This is usually at the back and sides of the head. Hair there is genetically programmed to not fall out, leading to the “horseshoe” of remaining hair that many balding men still have.
Do Hair Transplants Look Natural?
Hair transplants look extremely natural, because they use your own hair. Most people can’t tell the difference between the hair that was transplanted and the pre-existing hair.
Do You Need to Tell People You’re Having the Hair Transplant?
There is no need for anyone to know unless you want to tell them. Many people choose to keep the transplant a secret. As long as you can schedule a small amount of time off from work to allow any slight swelling or redness to abate, you can typically resume normal life right away, but with a much-improved head of hair.
Is It Painful?
The FUE process causes very little pain. Hair loss patients are often surprised and sometimes shocked at how easy the procedure is. Many patients simply take Tylenol for pain control.
Will It Look Like Hair Plugs?
The hair plugs of the 1970s are long gone. The modern hair transplant, when done well, is indistinguishable from hair that never fell out.