Being able to regain hair growth after being bald for a long period of time can make anyone feel good. All the bouts of anxiety will slowly disappear and a revived sense of positive self-worth takes its place. It is truly a happy time when this heavy mental burden is finally unloaded. Those that have had to carry it during the progression of their alopecia can rest easy in the knowledge that they can always find a solution for their balding. There are many choices that lead to freedom from hair loss. Selecting one does not necessarily mean that another can no longer be chosen. Using them in tandem can often provide greater benefits. Being able to receive a confirmatory diagnosis from a qualified physician however should always be first and foremost before embarking upon a solution for balding.
The type of hair loss that a man will usually have is androgenic alopecia. Its initial symptoms often manifest itself in his late twenties. There have been quite a number of cases though where this has appeared earlier or at times, later than the mean age. The balding can initially be observed in the temporal as well as the frontal regions. An M-shaped hair pattern will form once a significant portion of the temporal area has receded. There might be some thinning in the frontal region at first before it also starts revealing more of the scalp. The vertex area comes next, beginning with a bald spot at its center and radiating outward. All of these regions will ultimately leave the top of the scalp hairless and only the lower portions will have coverage. It is this remaining amount that is the most important consideration to treat male pattern baldness with hair transplant surgery.
The donor area is where the healthy hair follicles are extracted from to graft unto the areas exposed by hair loss. Hair transplant surgeons must make sure that they do a proper estimate of this location because of the scarring that will ultimately result from the operation. There should be a sufficient quantity of the patient’s hair that could grow long enough to cover these revealing marks. It would be helpful to have a good approximation of this area especially when a large supply of hair follicles is required.
Using follicular unit transplantation or the strip method can guarantee greater quantities of hair in a single operation. This mode is preferred where the balding has already exposed close to a third of the scalp. There would still be enough healthy hair follicles to provide coverage to the required area for treatment. This would be extracted by making a fine, horizontal cut at the back of the patient’s head to derive a strip of skin containing these units of hair. This will be divided into smaller pieces which will be the ones implanted unto the balding area. It will leave a very noticeable scar that can be hidden when the client eventually grows out his hair.
Patients might sometimes opt to keep their hair short even after going through with follicular unit transplantation surgery. They are interested in having the appearance of a full head of hair though it does not necessarily have to be long. This decision can cause the strip scar at the back of the head to be easily distinguishable. Scalp MicroPigmenatation can be used to help it blend in with the rest of his existing hair. The use of well-placed pigments can be layered over its surface causing it to appear just like real hair follicles. These strip scars can easily be concealed with scalp micropigmentation provided that the hair design can seamlessly blend in with the client’s actual hair.