When baldness is pronounced or becomes embarrassing, hair transplantation appears as a solution, certainly a little expensive, but above all aesthetic, durable and discreet. Today, two main techniques are used by practitioners: the so-called "strip" method and FUE. Doctor Amar, dermatologist specializing in hair transplants, tells us everything about hair transplantation to make your choice with confidence.
While baldness is a typical male problem, some women also suffer from hair loss. In recent years, surgery has made advances allowing painless procedures, under local anesthesia and without significant social exclusion.
But whether one chooses one or the other technique, in both cases the objective is the placement of implants. "What makes the difference is the way you collect the bulbs", explains the Doctor. Samples that are always taken from the same place, at the back of the skull in the occipital area, where the hair is the richest and fuller. "In this area, the hair is programmed to last. It has a longer life expectancy than on the rest of the skull."
The principle: FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a technique that takes the bulbs directly from the back scalp of the donor using a small surgical drill 1 to 0.7 mm in diameter. The bulbs are then re-implanted in the areas to be covered. This technique is not theoretically intended for large baldness, but is rather suitable for small areas. In the vast majority of cases, the sampling area must be completely shaved, which can be a problem
Duration of the operation: Between 5 to 10 hours, depending on the area to be covered, during which the patient is sitting or lying down.
Pain and post-operative consequences: Just like the strip, the FUE is performed under local anesthesia and no pain is felt during the operation. The follow-ups for FUE are shorter and less painful. No tightness. The scabs and redness will only last an average of 5 days.
Advantages: This technique does not use a scalpel or stitches and therefore does not leave any scars, "
Finally, remember that hair transplantation or hair transplantation is a surgical act performed under local anesthesia. It is therefore strongly recommended to call on a dermatologist specializing in hair transplantation or a plastic surgeon. "However, nuances the Doctor, a practitioner of good notoriety accustomed to this surgery can easily perform this act. And many non-dermatologist or non-plastic doctors perform this hair transplant effectively". The key is to learn about the results obtained and the satisfaction of other patients.
PRP, another method to discover
PRP stands for "platelet rich plasma" . This is a technique that stimulates hair regrowth using active factors found in the blood, which will act directly on the stem cells of the follicle. A blood test is necessary.
This will then be centrifuged in order to recover only the PRP, which will itself be injected into the scalp using a very fine needle. Again, this operation is performed under local anesthesia.
The advantage of this method? No risk of rejection and results are quickly visible. However, this requires several sessions spaced a month apart. After the last injection of PRP, hair regrowth will be effective.
New PRP + ACell Hair Regeneration Therapy is an exciting new treatment for hair loss
ACell is an FDA approved cell regeneration product used in wound healing that has recently been associated with a patient's stem cells and improves hair regrowth for both men and women.
In hair restoration, ACell is associated with PRP (platelet rich plasma) and is injected into the scalp. The application of ACell + PRP allows the miniaturized hair follicles to grow bigger and healthier, thus producing more robust hair growth. ACell activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis and localized cell growth. ACell + PRP is effective for hair loss in both men and women, as well as hair regrowth in areas of alopecia, eyebrow hypotrichosis, and other cases of non-inherited hair loss.
ACell's MatriStem® technology is a natural, non-crosslinked, completely absorbable cell-free material. MatriStem devices are unique from other scaffolding technologies in that they fundamentally alter healing by triggering abundant new blood vessel formation and recruiting many types of cells to the injury site. It appears that these cells, including progenitor cells, have the potential to differentiate into many site-specific tissue types. During the healing process, the scaffolding is degraded and completely resorbed, leaving new tissue where scar tissue is normally expected. This proprietary UBM scaffolding technology can be used in a wide range of medical applications such as wound care, general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, urology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.