Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation
Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation is the best-known type of hair-replacement surgery because it provides the only lasting solution to baldness. Under local anesthesia, a strip of scalp from the back of the head (donor region) is cut into small grafts (the follicular units), which are then inserted into tiny slits that have been made in the area of hair loss (recipient region).
A follicular unit is an anatomical entity well defined that could include from 1 to 5 hairs. During the surgery, efforts are made to always protect the integrity of these units when the technicians prepare the grafts.
The refinement made possible by the use of these follicular units during the hair transplantation surgery creates much better appealing results than previous techniques that were leaving patients with unwanted looks compared to doll’s hair, onion fields, corn rows.
- Complete the patient’s personal and family medical history
- Check for drug allergies
- Carefully examine the scalp
- Assess patient’s motives and expectations
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a hair transplant, stressing its limitations in order to paint a realistic picture
- Explain the surgical procedure in detail
- Answer all of questions
- Suggest other solutions if hair transplantation is not appropriate.