Being able to treat a balding condition is an easy thing to do these days. There are so many remedies available that anyone trying to find a solution might find it confusing to actually select one. This is the reason why consultation with a qualified physician is the primary step before treatment. It is vitally important to receive proper diagnosis of the kind of hair loss being experienced before seeking out a remedy.
Hair transplant surgery is an effective method to treat balding. This remedy however is more specifically suited for male pattern baldness. The reason why is because of the way that hair is lost upon the scalp. It is a gradual process that begins with the temporal regions and followed by the frontal hairline. Hair proceeds to be lost upon the vertex region until the condition eventually causes the top of the scalp to become totally bare. A certain portion on the lower sides and back of the head will usually remain covered. This part is often termed as the donor area for hair transplant purposes.
Alopecia areata sheds hair in a different way. It is an autoimmune condition that is triggered by unknown causes. Stress is said to be one of its sources though more evidence still needs to be gathered. Its onset is random with a sudden appearance of round, bald spots that are smooth to the touch. They manifest sporadically upon the scalp without any set location as to where they might crop up. These bald spots can also disappear just as fast as they came though they could reappear in different areas without notice. Alopecia areata is a condition that could heal itself though it may also progress into a more severe case called alopecia areata totalis or the loss of hair over the entire scalp. This makes it difficult to treat it with certainty. It is a volatile condition that can potentially create bald spots in the different areas of the scalp with or without treatment.
This is one of the reasons why alopecia areata cannot be treated with a hair transplant. There is no set donor area where a surgeon may extract hair from. The random loss of hair on any point of the scalp makes it difficult to rely upon coverage from the eventual scars that will result.
The recovery period of a hair transplant procedure varies with FUE taking only a few days while FUT would require a month. It will also take about six months before an FUT incision is fully healed. Expect both methods to lose hair upon the transplanted area a month after the treatment. The hair follicles however will remain in place and will grow within three to six months.
Using FUT or FUE treatment for alopecia areata may result in new bald spots even if the transplanted area has not fully recovered. This could create the appearance of different bare locations upon the scalp. Some may be from the alopecia areatea, transplanted area or even the donor area due to “shock loss” around the point of extraction. No consistent coverage could ever result because of this, making hair transplant surgery an unsuitable method to remedy alopecia areata.