Hair Transplant Before and After The Truth
If you are looking to get a Hair Transplant, or better yet Hair Transplants Before and After, the truth for guys most likely because of signs of balding,you have come to the right place to find out. I have been through it, and still going through it, and I will give you the pros, and cons of it truthfully according to my experience with it. Let`s get into it!
First, let’s talk about the different kinds of hair transplants, not the old “plugs” from the 70s and the 80s..more recent is the- FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and below the hair transplant before and after section.
With plugs, the task involved with a “punching tool'(sounds like you are punching a hole in leather) to remove rows of tiny round patches of tissues, each containing about twenty to Thirty hairs from the back part of the head. The surgeon would then create similar sized holes from wavy regions and also the hairs will be poured into the holes and either left ‘bed in’ or be stitched up.
Plugs really are an outdated term for an outdated and fairly barbaric kind of hair transplant which was popular back in the 1980s, (Thank God). The results were frequently very noticeable and unnatural, with the overall appearance of doll’s hair. (but at the time, that was the way it was done)
Hair Transplant Types?
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)
FUT also is known as “strip procedure”,is a long thin (playing card thin) removed from the patent donor area on the back or sides of the scalp. Then the follicular are removed from that strip, by stereo-microscopic dissection, then planted onto the area of your scalp that you need. The area on the sides or back that the “strip” was removes is now stitched closed, with a little scare left when healed.
This procedure is the most effective way to get the most hair transplanted in one session.(about 8-10 hours) usually around 2200 hairs or so.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
FUE has become more popular than FUT because it’s less likely to cause a”hair plug” look,(that you don’t want) where sections of skin or Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants are done by Simply Taking FUE This process was performed by taking a whole parcel of scalp or skin together with the follicles and transplanting the skin on the goal area.
It also won’t leave a big scar such as FUT does. Individual hair follicles out of the skin and place them everywhere on your body. This will make the hair in the new place seem thicker. bare in mind that you don`t get as many(hairs) as compared to the FUT method. But no scaring or strips taken out of your skin either.
If you like a more detailed outlook on Hair Transplant types have a look here
Hair Transplant Procedure
You generally have the Hair Transplant procedure from the physician’s office. To begin with, you will need to have someone drive you and pick you up after, because of the meds you are no allowed to drive home. To start, the surgeon cleans the own scalp and injects medicine to numb the back of the head. Your physician will pick one of two procedures that you have talked about before in consultation, a week or so before for your transplant of either follicular strip surgery (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Doing the FUT, the physician removes a 6- to 10-inch strip of the skin in the back part of your head or the side of your head. He puts it apart and sews the scalp shut. The area is hidden by the hair around it as it grows longer and hides the extracted area. Next, the physician’s team divides that the strip of removed scalp into 300 to 2,200 small grafts, each with just a few hairs. The number and kind of graft you receive depends on your hair type, caliber, and also the dimensions of the area where you’re receiving the transplant.
If you are obtaining the FUE process, the Doctor’s group will shave the back, of your own scalp. Afterward, the Doctor will remove hair follicles one by one. The place heals with little dots, that your current hair will cover no problem. After this, both processes will be exactly the same. After he adopts the grafts, the surgeon cleans and prepares the area in which the hair goes, generates holes or slits using a scalpel or needle, and then also finely puts every graft in one of these openings. the Doctor`s support team will assist in the plant of the grafts.
Bring a lunch, it will take about 8-10 hrs.
Hair transplant. points.
My experience with these 2 types of Hair Transplants. when I had mine done about a year and a half ago in 2019, I went with the FUT route,(more bang for your buck).
1.Since it was my first time, I wanted all I could get for being on the operating table I could get, it was a 9 hr procedure, around 2000 hairs. Let us be clear on something, you are not put “under” for this, not like a real operation, you are given a local, sedation “pills” that make you, for the most part, fall asleep as they “freeze” the area of the head, where the “strips” are to be extracted from and the top of your scalp where they will be transplanted.
2.The needles (for me) hurt as I have never felt before, over the years I have had operations, broken bones ect…but the needles on the head (scalp) hurt…more than anything I have ever had before. Even the sedation at times did not help, they had to give me more pills just to keep me from moving around while they work. (he had said when I asked him about it..some people react like this when it comes to the head. (lucky me).
3.So when it was done at the end of the day, my whole head was numb and sore (not too bad )…still frozen.so I went home, and someone came down to pick me up, because I was still kinda droopy from the meds.
4.The next few days or better yet a week, were kinda strange..sleeping was hard….they said that laying down was no good for the blood flow ect..so have to speed sorta up with a 45-degree angle, while in the bed.so that I dealt with, and using the T3`s for pain …..
5.I was not allowed to shower for least 4 days,(bath would have been fine, except we don’t have a bath, just a shower unit), because the water from the shower unit spraying out could pull out the hairs…until they have healed, this is the way it was. I did understand this. So when I finally could shower I had to super gently use the provided shampoo, apply it sorta around the head and rinse off the head with a pot filled with water…(never done that before, and it was kinda strange to do at first but got used to it)
6.So about 3 weeks go by and no it was time to get the stitches removed from the back of the head, that went ok…as far as stitches go.
7.So the next 4,5,6, months go by, and YES hair is growing where I had none before.I was happy….it was not a full head of hair ontop…but compared to before, it was worth it…to a point..and here is why.
8.Yes it is nice to have hair back when I had none, and I am happy with that, but the numbness ad not gone away 100%, it is still there about 50% I would say and the scar area when the hair was extracted from “strips” still hurts to the touch.” when I asked about this problem, they said (it was my body dealing with it this way) when I asked other people that had it from the same place..they said they were fine, and the one that said they were sore a bit, but not like me.
9.And one more problem, on the back of the head where the donor hair “strips” were removed, not the sensitive scaring that I have, but now the SKIN in tighter, because of the small 2mm wide or so strips all along the middle of the scalp, they removed and stitched back up. The skin from the middle of the scalp on the back of the head to where the base of the neck meets the guy’s thumb in the picture below is to tight!. made me sick when I first felt it tugging.
10.For those of you reading this, bend your neck down (like you are trying to touch your chin to your chest) now place your hand behind your neck. See the picture below (the red circle)
11.My skin at this part on me is tight, because of the less skin back there now, it tugs and feels like the tight skin is going to tear if I bend my neck forward to far down. It is not a good feeling at all. So if you have a good amount of skin on the back of your neck, you will be ok to lose some (very little) when the operation hair transplant is done, but if you have a tight’ “scalp “or skin on your head and neck like me…this is what you can expect.
12.Sitting normally is ok…walking normally is ok too…you will only feel it look at something to dropped or looking at some food you spilled on you closes or something, then you will notice the tugging and pulling.
13. So now I am done, I will be getting into the PRP treatments, as well as a Laser helmet. It is a must when you have a procedure like this done. I was told you will need to have the laser helmet or cap for the rest of your life, how true that is I`m not sure, but 2 times a week for 20min each…watch tv or something right!
14.So with that said, when I go back for my second treatment in a few years, I will be getting the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) procedure done..it is just as expensive as the FUT procedure, but instead of let’s say 2000 hairs, you will only get 1000 hairs…because it takes just as long I`m told. So give it some thought. I will keep everyone up to speed on my Hair adventure…that’s for reading.
If you like a more detailed outlook on Hair Transplant types have a look here
Have a look at Dr.Gregory Turowski (who I don`t know, or ever been to his Clinic) in Skokie IL, they do a bunch of cosmetic surgery, and implant ect there, but I have this link for the for lots of Before and After pictures from Hair Transplants, to get an idea of what the hair and scalp looks like, or can look like on your self.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been generally accepted to help as a non-surgical hair loss treatment. Platelets contain several specialized proteins referred to as growth factors, hundreds of them helping to aid healing. What doctors do to make platelet-rich plasma is to take some of your blood, then spin it so that the platelets will be separated from other cells of the blood. The doctor then returns the platelets to your plasma (the liquid portion of plasma).
PRP is usually used as a treatment for arthritis pain, wounds, tendon tears, and now hair regrowth. PRP contains more platelet content than just normal blood. A small needle is used to inject the PRP into the scalp. The process will result in the stimulation or creation of new hair follicles.
No particular standard process has been found yet. The doctor may decide to begin with the three-step treatment. You are likely to notice your hair being fuller and thicker after some months than previously. You may then need to boost the treatment about 6 months later at the time when the rate of hair growth begins to slow down.
There haven’t been side effects associated with the use of platelet-rich plasma as a non-surgical hair loss treatment option apart from the fact that people say that the shots usually hurt. PRP can also be used to start hair growth during the process of hair transplants and it also helps in other treatments.
Generally, PRP involves getting your blood drawn, processed, and then getting it injected into your scalp, it’s a three-step treatment process and it will help to trigger hair growth, increase the thickness of your hair shaft and maintain the hair by helping you to increase the supply of blood to your hair follicle.