Hair transplantation, or hair implant, is a surgical technique for aesthetic purposes which are relatively recent, since it really took off in the 1990s despite earlier beginnings.
Today it has developed so well that several centers now offer hairtransplants in Paris and in the provinces.
Giving hair back to those who no longer have it, it is emblematic of a time when advanced technology is at the service of an equally strong interest in beauty in the broad sense.
- Hair transplant: how does it work?
- Intervention: good to know
Hair transplant: how does it work?
The hair implant mainly concerns men because the hair on the top of the skull falls more easily under the effect of certain hormones of the testosterone family (we speak of “androgenetic alopecia”).
To recover them, several techniques are available to you, all consisting of taking hair from the areas of the scalp where it is still present (generally at the back and on the sides of the skull) to implant it on the bald surfaces (the top).
If you have long hair, we will favor the so-called “strip” technique – code name “FUT” after the initials in English. As the name suggests, a scalp strip, crossing the trimmed area and about 1 cm wide, will be removed in order to extract the hair follicles (in other words the entire hair up to its cavity serving as anchoring in the skin) to transplant them.
You can thus recover several thousand hairs and this in all discretion: the length of the surrounding hair will hide the scar left by the strip.
If, on the contrary, you have short hair, we prefer the technique of micro-grafting (“FUE”) which transplants follicle by follicle without removing a strip of the scalp, and thus leaves no scar.
Let us mention a last technique of hair transplant, called “BHT” in the jargon, which consists, when possible, in implanting on your skull hair taken from your body (torso in particular).
Intervention: good to know
Such an intervention naturally raises a number of recurring questions to which we will provide some answers.
To begin with, whatever the formula chosen, know that it does not require hospitalization or sick leave: it is outpatient surgery.
Then, it should be noted that none of these techniques are painful since they are performed under local anesthesia.
Wondering how long does a session last? Several hours, possibly up to 10, but not always. All this is done of course in optimal positions and conditions of comfort.
Finally, what is certainly the most important: the result? Nowadays, it is remarkable, it is thus impossible to distinguish with the eye a hair due to this intervention of a natural hair.
In addition, everything is particularly fast. After about a year, you will see the last traces of your past baldness disappear entirely.
Do not hesitate to discuss it with your surgeon who will be the most able to direct you towards one or the other of these choices, according to your personal dispositions.