Image is the first thing we see in other people. How tall they are. How they dress. We check if they are wearing too much make-up. We notice if they are overweight. We look at their stance, how they walk, their speech patterns, if they have a tick or even if they what their tattoos depict. The same thing goes for your hair.
We are judgmental people. One of the first things we notice is their hair. Is it blonde? Is it well groomed? Are they bald? How bald? It is a primary way we describe someone to other people. Hair is obvious. It is a key characteristic in describing someone. Studies have shown (in the past) that men with hair are viewed sexier than men without. That doesn’t mean that bald men aren’t sexy. But if you ask any bald man if he would like to have his hair back, at no charge, chances are good he will say yes.
Women love their hairstyle and colors. They color it to cover the grey. They put extensions in it so it looks loner and thicker. They may get perms, relaxers or highlights just to change the physical appearance of it. They grow it long, cut it short, or may make a change because they just feel like it. Hair is often (not always) one of a woman’s key identifying elements.
We often choose our mate by physical attraction. We are all attracted to someone who is well dressed, nice features, smells good, nice physique, or some other physical asset. This is before they even speak! But the hair is, simply put, the icing on the cake.
If you don’t like your hairstyle, do something about it. How we see ourselves is often a reflection of our self-confidence and a projection of how we feel inside. So in an image conscious society, think about all the physical details that define you. Are your shoes shined? Are your teeth white? Do you wear clean clothes? Does your outfit clash? As your mother used to say, “Is your hair combed?” Image matters!
Hair transplants involve a surgical procedure where hair is removed from the back of your head and transplanted to the front, top or crown. If you look at a bald man, they generally keep the hair on the sides and back of their head. That hair is “formulated” differently from the hair in front or on top, and therefore when transplanted, generally stays and recurring hair regrowth is almost automatic. That hair does not really recognize that it in a different spot on your head and continues to grow normally. If hair loss occurs in the transplanted areas, it could be a result of scalp trauma or the original non-transplanted hair reacting to DHT in the scalp.
There are three methods of transplantation: mini-graft, FUE and the plug method. The plug method is an obsolete method not used often today. A physician literally removes a plug of hair from the back of the head which may have 15 or more hairs in it and that entire plug is transplanted to the front. The hair roots and generally over time it will grow normally. Over time, often these patients appear to have a “baby doll” unnatural hair line. This method was more commonplace thirty years ago and is seldom used.
The mini or micro graft method is a procedure whereby a physician removes a strip of hair from the back of the patients head and that graft is cut into mini and micro grafts. The mini grafts may have three or four or five hairs and are good for the center of the head. The micro grafts have one or two hairs and are used primarily for the front hairline. Skilled technicians separate the hairs in specific sections of mini and micro grafts so the physician knows what graft to place in what section of the patients scalp. This procedure is commonplace today.
FUE or follicular unit extraction is where the transplant may be assisted by a computed and the hair removal and placement is done with one or two hairs at a time from extraction to placement. The benefit of this method is there is little or no scarring and the area of hair “harvestation” is much larger. This is, however, the most expensive method of hair transplant surgery and requires a skilled technician for extraction and placement. The hair grows normally and the patient may return for a second surgery to increase the density of the transplanted hair.
Transplants are not for everyone. Some people are simply too bald all over to be a good candidate. Patients with alopecia are not candidates. Often there simply isn’t enough hair to move around the head to show adequate density and maintain good density in the harvested area. Think carefully about your finished hairstyle, density, length, donor area density, and age when considering this surgery. It can work but sometimes you may be better off with a non-surgical solution.