The dearth or abundance of hair can transform a person’s facial features like no other asset. A crowning mane of glory is the undisputed sign of youth, vitality and health. Baldness can affect both men and women and in both sexes they are attributed partly to genes and partly to the action of androgens hormones. Baldness and dowdy wigs are now a thing of the past for we have today techniques that can transplant hair follicles into the bald region.
Hair Transplants ensued in 1950’s under the aegis of Dr. Norman Orentriech who experimented with donor graft transplants; though the transplants were a success the hair looked unnatural. Even with the later modified method of mini – micro grafting this was the case and it was attributed on account of large graft transplants. But with the genesis of Follicular Unit Transplantation which entailed transplantation of naturally occurring groups of just 1 to 4 hairs called follicular units the appearance finally mimicked the growth of natural hair.
In this process donor hair can be grafted in two diverse methods Strip Harvesting which involves removing a strip of scalp which is then cut into small pieces and then grafted and Follicular Unit Extraction Harvesting (FUE) which transplants individual follicles of a hair. While the former method causes a lineal scar in the donor area the latter causes a minimal scar. In Strip harvesting the recovery period is two weeks while in FUE it is just seven days.
Furthermore hair transplant surgeons are also divided between the method of perpendicular slits which some believe give better coverage but disrupt the scalp’s vascularity versus parallel slits which transect less hair for grafting. So today we have in process a method of hair grafting which is a combination of the two. Today with such novel techniques hair transplants has become a affordable procedure and given hope to those who suffer from the heartbreak of hair loss.