Pros and cons of a hair transplant

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Pros and cons of a hair transplant

What to do in case of advanced baldness?

Once hair loss is advanced, this can have a neg­a­tive effect on self-con­fi­dence. Although male pat­tern bald­ness is social­ly accept­ed far more than hair loss in women, men often feel uncom­fort­able and less attrac­tive with increas­ing bald­ness. In most cas­es, numer­ous prod­ucts have already been tried, until final­ly, as a last resort, a hair trans­plant is con­sid­ered.

But a hair trans­plant is a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure that also car­ries its risks. In this arti­cle, we’ll teach you the pros and cons of a hair trans­plant so you can weigh up whether this option is real­ly right for you.

What types of hair transplants are there?

In hair trans­plan­ta­tion, the hair fol­li­cle is removed at one point of the body and “plant­ed” again at anoth­er. Numerous hairy body parts are suit­able for the removal of hair fol­li­cles. Even body hair is suit­able for trans­plant­i­ng, but most often the hairs are tak­en from the safe “donor zone” on the head, which are resis­tant to the hor­mone dihy­drotestos­terone (DHT). For men, this is the zone in the rear and lat­er­al head area. In women, this is often more dif­fi­cult, as dif­fuse hair loss usu­al­ly occurs on the entire scalp and there­fore there is no safe donor zone.

In the so-called FUE method, hair fol­li­cles are occa­sion­al­ly removed with a hol­low nee­dle and then rein­sert­ed just as occa­sion­al­ly. This is done in a mul­ti-hour and often even mul­ti-day oper­a­tion under local anaes­the­sia, depend­ing on the num­ber of so-called grafts to be trans­plant­ed.

In the FUT method, also called strip tech­nique, a com­plete strip of tis­sue is removed from the back of the head area with the scalpel and the open area is sewn. The FUT pro­ce­dure also uses local anaes­thet­ic on the patient. The hair fol­li­cles are then extract­ed from the removed tis­sue strip and used in the bald areas, just as with the FUE process.

Ein Mann denkt über die Vor- und Nachteile einer Haartransplantation nach
A man pon­ders the pros and cons of a hair trans­plant

R & d
Pros and Cons of Follicular Unit Extraction

A clear advan­tage of the indi­vid­ual removal of the fol­li­cles is clear­ly the min­i­mal, almost invis­i­ble scar­ring. Due to the fact that each hair is removed indi­vid­u­al­ly and off­set from the donor zone, the removal is no longer detectable after about 10 days with reg­u­lar heal­ing. Although you need to take spe­cial care of your scalp for sev­er­al weeks and not sleep on the fresh­ly trans­plant­ed hair, you do not have to plan a longer hol­i­day with this method. You can eas­i­ly go to work the next day, as long as you don’t have to wear a hel­met or hat, swim in chlo­rine water or do extreme sports.

But as with all sur­gi­cal inter­ven­tions, this method has its draw­backs. Everything stands and falls with the doc­tor who per­forms the oper­a­tion. Unfortunately, there is bit­ter com­pe­ti­tion for the ever-grow­ing mar­ket for hair trans­plants. Low-cost providers from abroad lure you with cheap offers. But be care­ful! Cheap is not the same good. Often it is not the doc­tors them­selves who take the hair fol­li­cles them­selves, but assis­tants who are more or less expe­ri­enced. If an inex­pe­ri­enced doc­tor or assis­tant dam­ages the hair fol­li­cle dur­ing the extrac­tion process, the trans­plant­ed hair does not grow and the fol­li­cle dies. Depending on the num­ber of hairs that are dam­aged dur­ing removal, you will soon­er or lat­er get a prob­lem, because you do not have an infi­nite num­ber of hairs avail­able in the donor zone. So if you choose the wrong clin­ic, you may end up with few­er hair on your head than before, despite hair trans­plants. Not to men­tion the finan­cial dam­age that a failed surgery entails.
The FUE method, due to its work inten­si­ty, is asso­ci­at­ed with high­er costs than a hair trans­plant with the FUT method.

Pros and Cons of Follicular Unit Transplantation

With the FUT or Strip method, the risk of dam­ag­ing the hair fol­li­cles dur­ing extrac­tion is far less present, because they are extract­ed from the removed skin strip under the micro­scope. The yield in this type of hair trans­plant is high­er with less time, which makes this method sig­nif­i­cant­ly cheap­er.

However, by remov­ing entire skin strips, one or more lin­ear scars are cre­at­ed at the back of the head, which remain vis­i­ble depend­ing on the hair con­di­tion and length. In addi­tion, there is a longer and more painful heal­ing phase, in addi­tion to the usu­al risks of surgery on the head.

When a dream becomes a nightmare

Scars, infections and loss of hair follicles

Caution should not only be exer­cised when remov­ing the fol­li­cles. The aes­thet­ic trans­plant­i­ng of the indi­vid­ual hair fol­li­cles is also a true art that not every­one mas­ters and for which it takes a lot of feel­ing and expe­ri­ence. In par­tic­u­lar, the hair­line can quick­ly look arti­fi­cial if you don’t work mind­ful here. It is not for noth­ing that the restora­tion of a nat­ur­al hair­line is one of the most com­mon cor­rec­tions among hair oper­a­tions.

Proper trans­plant­i­ng of the hair fol­li­cles in the direc­tion of hair growth is also impor­tant. Again, it often comes to a bad result when the sur­geon needs some prac­tice. Who wants to have “wild” hair in the oppo­site direc­tion of hair growth?

In addi­tion to the pure­ly aes­thet­ic aspect, hygiene also plays a major role, because you can not only catch germs, but also some infec­tion if you have not worked clean­ly and hygien­i­cal­ly. Google once for “hair trans­plant gone wrong”. The pic­tures are not for the faint-heart­ed. If there is an infec­tion due to a lack of hygiene, the hair fol­li­cles can­not grow prop­er­ly and they lose not only the invest­ed amount, but also the trans­plant­ed hair, which you now lack in the dona­tion zone. In addi­tion, there can be unsight­ly scar­ring, which is dif­fi­cult or impos­si­ble to cor­rect.

Beautiful full hair — forever!

Long-term results for a more youthful appearance

Haartransplantation Schönes volles Haar - für immer!
Beautiful full hair — for­ev­er!

Be sure to put your­self in expe­ri­enced hands and don’t save at the wrong end. Hair trans­plants, even if they take place under local anaes­the­sia, are not some­thing you should take light­ly. If you have the finan­cial resources, first talk to var­i­ous doc­tors and let them show you real results. Don’t give in to the adver­tis­ing promis­es of cheap ven­dors, even if they may be tempt­ing. Ask specif­i­cal­ly who will per­form the extrac­tion on you. There are hair clin­ics where the doc­tors still put their hands up and do not leave the extrac­tion and implan­ta­tion to their assis­tants.

If the hair trans­plant is car­ried out by an expe­ri­enced spe­cial­ist under hygien­ic con­di­tions, you can look for­ward to long-term and nat­ur­al-look­ing results. Even if hair is trans­plant­ed into the areas on the head, which is affect­ed by hair loss, the hair fol­li­cles are immune to the influ­ence of DHT and the implant­ed hair should not fail. It is impor­tant that the fresh­ly implant­ed hair fol­li­cles are opti­mal­ly sup­plied with the nec­es­sary nutri­ents so that the hair can grow well.

Keep in mind that the result can still change visu­al­ly. A hair trans­plant does not pro­tect against pro­gres­sive fail­ure of the remain­ing main hair, which has not been implant­ed. This can then either make a new hair surgery nec­es­sary, or you pre­vent fur­ther hair loss with appro­pri­ate care.

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