Hair loss in both men and women is a normal occurrence until shedding of hair gets worse and you start noticing your hair thinning or balding at worst. You may even be among those who have been suffering from alopecia, a hair condition quite commonly found in people than we may think.
Most people experience excessive hair loss at a later age due to reasons such as ageing, stress or even genetics. Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for hair loss found in men which is known to affect men by the age of 50 making up almost 70% of the male population. Hair loss in men usually has a pattern of a receding hairline followed by thinning of the hair on the crown and temples. On the other hand, hair loss in women is not as common, due to which the condition may have more impact on the individual. Most common causes in women include hormonal imbalance, genetics, and stress or sometimes even hair accessories like extensions.
How can Hair Transplant Surgery help?
Hair transplant surgery can be considered the most effective solution for hair loss, especially in cases where baldness may already have occurred or even if you suffer from alopecia. Dr Alam, a hair transplant surgeon from Centre for Surgery suggests looking at the Norwood Scale to determine the stage of hair loss you may be on and then decide on the necessary action to be taken if it becomes a worry.
There are three types of hair transplant surgery available today:
- FUT hair transplant surgery – Also known as ‘the strip technique’, FUT hair transplant is the most traditional option that involves cutting a linear strip of healthy hair follicles from a donor area, extracting it and injected it back to the area to be treated.
- FUE hair transplant surgery – A less invasive procedure, the FUE hair transplant involves extracting individual healthy hair follicles from a bald resistant donor area (usually from the back or the side of the head) and then harvesting them one at a time on the area needed to be treated.
- PRP Therapy – The most non-invasive procedure out of the three, PRP Therapy for hair loss involves drawing blood from your body, extracting a high concentration of growth cells, and then injecting it back to the area needed to be treated.
The results achievable from hair transplant surgery are known to be very long lasting for majority of people but your expectations is also something you need to consider before you decide to opt for it. There is no such thing as the best option and it solely depends on your needs and preferences. Discuss your expectations with the surgeon during your consultation to find the right option for you.