The likelihood of men losing their hair, and the speed it will recede, is mainly down to our genes. Although there are other lifestyle factors which can play a part, such as stress, hormones and overall health, but if your father or grandfather lost their hair prematurely, then that’s the clearest indicator that it could happen to you too.
Of course not everyone wants, or needs to opt for a hair transplant, and there are some lifestyle tips and a tailored regime of medication that may help you keep the hair you do have, for longer. But in the end, you can’t argue with your genes. Men predisposed to either receding or balding hair, will find that no amount of special shampoo, massaging the scalp or adapting the diet will help.
However, hair transplant treatments have come a long way in the last few years and there is now an effective, non-invasive option that means you can get your own full head of hair back. And because it’s your own hair, it looks perfectly natural, and the treatment has a 100% success rate. The FUE hair transplant technique method is a great way of restoring hair to a follically challenged head.
The FUE hair transplant treatment involves taking healthy hair follicles from the scalp, one by one, and grafting them into the bald areas of the head. The hair follicles get transplanted into the same slot that contained previous hair, giving it a better chance of settling in permanently. Unlike previous transplant methods which involved cutting whole strips of hair away at a time, the latest treatment, called ‘Third Generation FUE’, takes the hair follicle by follicle, to insert one by one. This makes for a much more natural result, a quicker recovery time and a less painful treatment process leaving no visible scarring at the back of the head.
A healthy, full head of hair will have about three to four hairs growing out of each follicle. Someone whose hair is thinning will have three, two or even only one hair. Therefore, by assessing the number of hairs sprouting from each follicle on the scalp, and the pattern that this is in, it’s possible to see whether a patient is thinning, and how any future hair loss is likely to progress.
We can also treat a receding hair-line, a balding crown or correct previous bad transplants and scars at the back of the head as a result of the strip surgery, and it’s also suitable for women who find their hair thinning too.
This method of transplanting is very intricate and it requires special attention and care. This means the treatment gets done over a number of sessions and not performed in one long exhausting procedure. The grafts usually take in a few days and the redness caused by the treatment settles in under a week.