Over the years, hair transplants have come a long way. This hair enhancing surgery is already decades old. There are known anecdotes of people having it done in the first half of the previous century! But it’s not until recent years that the technology has come far enough that it’s able to bring hair transplants to the masses. The treatment has been commercially available to the public for a long time now. Since the eighties, hair transplants are routinely performed on anybody who is an eligable candidate and who has the necessary coin, ofcourse!
Back in the days, hair transplants gave you horrible results. Not only did the results look bad, often people would complain about the excessive scar tissue that was the result of a botched hair transplant. This practice kept going for many years, unfortunately. But thanks to newer technology, both strip wound healing as well as results have significantly improved. Thanks to the new follicular unit transplant (FUT) technique, results from hair transplants now look very natural. Almost undetectable with the human eye.
Microscopic Follicular Unit Hair Transplants
So what exactly is this FUT technique and why does it produce such natural results?
When you have a hair transplant, your donor hair to be transplanted on top of your scalp is taken from the back of your head. This strip of tissue that is excised from this area, contains groups of hairs that are anywhere from 1 to 4. This is the way hair naturally occurs on the human head. With microscopic follicular unit hair transplants, these naturally occuring groups are preserved. After dissection of your strip of donor tissue, there will be a number of grafts (bits of skin tissue) thave have either 1, 2, 3 or 4 hair follicles.
This is the way they are transplanted back to the top of your head to cover up your balding area. The grafts with only 1 follicle are used to construct a natural looking hairline. With the older, non-FUT, techniques, this wasn’t possible. In the old days, grafts of up to 12 hairs were transplanted to your scalp. This yielded bulky, unnatural looking results. It also required bigger recipient site wounds to be made, further complicating the healing process.
This is no longer the case. Thanks to the small grafts produced by FUT, the recipient sites for your hair implants are also small. So small even, that they will heal completely in less than 3 days. With microscopic unit hair transplants, you can accomplish results that look so natural, nobody will ever know you had a hair transplant!