Men experiencing hair loss have been using different kinds of remedies for years. Entry level is usually patronage of anti-hair loss shampoos and concealers. This is advisable where the condition is not yet so noticeable. The next step is probably through the taking of vitamins, supplements and plant extract products. One might think twice about considering this as a remedy because no conclusive studies have found that it specifically addresses hair loss. Taking one, some or any of these is essentially beneficial for the body’s entire general well being. Any positive result on hair is most probably incidental.
What can be said to specifically address the hair loss issue however is the use of medicinal drugs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved of only two for actual use. The first is finastreride, an orally ingested drug that is sold under the name Propecia. The other is minoxidil, a topically applied product more popularly known as Rogaine. A more advanced step would have to be the use of surgical procedures. This is recommended more for men that have advanced hair loss. A popular operation is the scalp micropigmentation (SMP) method. It is basically used to create an illusion of hair. Other surgical procedures are the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and the follicular unit extraction (FUE) methods.
The hair transplant methods that are most well known in the industry today are the FUT and FUE. The follicular unit transplantation method also known as the “strip” method makes a horizontal twenty centimeter long and about two centimeter thick incision at the back of the head where hair is thickest to extract healthy donor hair. This strip of skin is divided into grafts each containing one to two hairs for a micro graft and three to four hairs for a mini graft. They are then implanted onto the recipient area where hair is thinnest. A scar that would result from the extracted patch of skin. Its placement however, is designed so that the existing hairs will cover it as the hair grows. A more advanced option of the FUT is the follicular unit extraction also known as the “direct extraction” method. There will be no incision making here. What the surgeon will do is to extract healthy hair follicles from the donor area unit by unit. He will then place this directly unto the recipient area. There is still scarring that may result from this procedure though it is not common. Recovery time for FUT is shorter but they are not recommended to perform any strenuous activities. It would take about two to three weeks before the shaved hair required before an FUE procedure grows back to cover the donor area.
What is the best between the two? An FUT is known for the large scar on the back of the head. Aside from this and the prohibition to do any physical activity within three weeks of the operation, FUT patients are known to have less transplanted hair loss than its FUE counterpart. This is because unlike the higher incidence of follicular transection in FUE, the FUT method grafts have more protective tissue and fat surrounding the hair follicles. There is also a higher hair harvest rate in FUT than FUE with about three thousand grafts in the former compared to just five hundred per session in the latter. Cost wise, an FUT procedure would be around seven thousand GBP while an FUE method is priced at nine thousand GBP at the lowest. Note that one might require more FUE sessions before it may reach the same amount of hairs harvested through an FUT operation.
Getting a great hair transplant would ultimately rely on a well-researched provider who will be able to give the most value for one’s money. An FUT method yields more hairs at less cost though with an accompanying scar. The FUE method on the other hand, will have less scarring but will cost more even though the hairs harvested is less.