Until recently there have basically been three different types of hair transplants available that would help restore hair to its former glory:
1) Old school hair transplant (Which we used to do) requires that an elongated football of skin is removed from the lower back of the head, in the area that is normally resistant to male pattern baldness. The skin is then sutured back together, leaving a permanent scar that can be hidden by hair, in most cases. The skin flap then goes to, generally, two nurses or technicians that work under binocular microscopes dissecting out individual follicles.
The follicles will have one, two or three, and rarely four hairs growing out of it. The technicians will separate each of the three different types into petri dishes. The surgeon is meanwhile, using a small cutting instrument to make tiny holes in the anesthetized scalp paying particular attention to the intended direction of hair growth. The direction of the incisions will match the intended direction of growth. The surgeon will then gather up ones and begin implanting them at the hair line. The next wave will be twos and finally fill will generally be done with threes.
2) Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is evolutionary for hair transplant surgery in that no large incision on the back of the head is required and hence no long surgical scar will ever be revealed by too short of a haircut or progressive balding. A small cylindrical surgical tool is used to extract follicles individually from the donor area. Each follicle is then manually implanted in the area of baldness.
3) The latest and greatest advancement in micro-surgery is robotic follicular extraction. As the name suggests, a $500,000 CAN robot reads the donor area and like FUE, it extracts individual follicles. The implant of the harvested follicles is still done manually.
If you are lucky and have a great surgeon, the results may meet your expectations and the fact that you underwent hair transplant surgery may be undetectable.
However, the cost per follicle, down-time, limitations in the number of transplants per session, risk of infection, cost associated with multiple surgeries and so on, prohibit most people from seeking additional treatments to finish the job. Poor density, untreated areas, rows of what looks like corn, can be the outcome.
Before considering a hair transplant surgery in Edmonton we urge you to come pay us a visit at External Affairs. You can learn more about our exclusive EA Hair ReGrowth™ procedure and how it can help you. This innovative medical procedure that has proven itself effective at treating the underlying causes of hair loss. The photos below show the EA Hair ReGrowth™ procedure after only 120 days.
EA Hair ReGrowth™ is a one-time medical treatment combined with a quick, painless, daily at home regimen that stimulates the body’s own natural regenerative process to begin repairing damaged follicles and create new ones. Click here to book your appointment with us today.