Although much of the population has thinning hair, it can still be a major source of insecurity for many people. Approximately 35 million men in the United States are experiencing some level of hair loss or baldness. The options for these men, and anyone else who struggles with thinning hair, are more numerous than ever with today’s technology. Here are three common solutions to restore a fuller head of hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
A minimally invasive hair transplant procedure, follicular unit extraction is a procedure that has been proven to work. Follicular unit grafts, made up of a small number of hair follicles, are individually removed from donor areas on your scalp. This is typically stronger areas such as the back of your scalp. The transplant doctors then implant these units in your thinning areas, known as the recipient areas. An FUE transplant can help patients recreate their hairline and growth pattern for results that look completely natural.
This procedure uses a tattoo-like technique to create the appearance of a fuller head of hair. With micro-fine needles in hand, practitioners apply a formula of pigment to create thousands of minuscule impressions. This gives the illusion of hair, and by matching the pigment to your skin tone and natural hair color, it will seem as if you have a full head of closely shaven hair. Scalp micropigmentation is ideal for those who want a non-surgical treatment to restore the look of hair and for those who want to enhance an existing hair restoration procedure.
Follicular Unit Hair Transplant (FUT)
While solutions like plugs and wigs were common ways to restore thinning hair, follicular unit hair transplant is a permanent solution that looks completely natural. It also does not require any additional maintenance and you can quickly return to your daily activities after the procedure is completed. The procedure involves removing donor tissue from the back of your head and placing it in the recipient areas that are thinning. The main difference between this procedure and FUE is that this one takes donor tissue, rather than follicular units.
No matter which procedure you choose, the goal is for you to be completely comfortable with the results. If you would like to pursue one of these treatments, contact a hair loss specialist today.