Many medical conditions that had dire effects on mankind in the past have been eradicated altogether with the help of advancements in the medical world. Over the last few decades, great improvements in all allied fields have taken place.
Hair loss is caused due to a number of medical conditions. While there is no complete cure for these conditions at the moment, the solution available is in form of hair transplant surgeries. Over the last couple of decades, great strides have been made in this field and results are quiet astonishing.
One of the fundamental parts of the transplant procedures are donor hair which are to be grafted. We shall have a closer look at from where these hair are taken from and what makes them a good fit.
Androgenic Alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss. In men it causes receding of hair line leading to complete baldness and thinning in women. Also known as male pattern baldness, it is caused by the presence of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a male hormone.
Completely bald people are extremely rare. There are some hair on the back and the sides of the head. The reason that these hair do not fall is that they are resistant to DHT and therefore, Androgenic Alopecia does not make them shed away. This trait makes these hairs a perfect option for being used for the purpose of transplant.
Some novel ideas for the donor hair are also in practice. Using hair from other parts of the body such as beard, legs and chest is being tried and some encouraging results have been achieved. The use of these donor sites, however, is limited. If the results remain good, it is possible that they may become a preferred source of hair for transplant hair.
The two preferred hair transplant options are the strip method and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The strip method as the name suggests collects its follicles by cutting a strip of scalp from the donor site. FUE meanwhile extracts hair with the help of a pneumatic punch. FUE hair transplant is a great option for both traditional as well as nontraditional donor sites while the strip method can only be used for the traditional donor sites.
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