Hair is one of the defining characteristics among men and women. When asked to describe a person, the length and color of the hair will be one of the descriptions. It has become one of the defining factors that differentiate us humans from animals, in some way.
Human hair consists of thin fibers delicately located in the scalp. The fibers are made up of different layers starting from outside. Cuticle is a layer that contains flat thin cells that lie on top of each other making them look like roof shingles of a home. The cortex is another layer where the keratin lies. Keratin is a structural component that makes up the human hair and nails. Lastly, the medulla according to experts is a disorganized area at the fiber’s center part.
Most people are obsessed with different hair products like hair growth formula, hair care systems and even surgical hair treatments. But one common treatment that is made popular these days is hair implant. There is a misconception that hair transplants are the same as implants. Even if both are meant to treat baldness, the former requires a more invasive procedure than the latter.
To minimize confusion, let us take a closer look at these procedures.
Hair transplant, according to medical terms, is a surgical technique that transfers hair follicles from one part of the body to another. The source follicle is often referred to as the “donor site” which is then transferred to a thinning part of the body. Usually parts of the body that benefit from this treatment are the eyebrows, head hair and the eyelashes. This procedure is often done to restore parts of the hair that has been lost due to accidents and surgeries.
The advancement of medical science and surgical treatments paved the way for a more natural looking transplant. This treatment has become more advanced leading to a lesser invasive procedure.
Hair implant on the other hand, does not require surgery at all. It is a procedure that consists of using a mild anesthesia to the scalp. The process includes inserting needles with hair directly to the scalp. This is a simple outpatient procedure with immediate results. This type of hair loss treatment is suitable for thinning hair in both men and women at any age. With repetitive treatments, this procedure will have a more effective result depending on the kind of thickness one desires. Care after the treatment is necessary to achieve better results and longer results.
After the procedure, patients will usually feel a little sore around the scalp even with anesthesia. An immediate after care will include keeping the area clean always clean and taking necessary medications. Never rely on self-treatments as this may post harmful side effects. Always seek medical help if you notice anything that is unusual. Never rush into strenuous physical activities that may directly affect the treatment. Lastly, obsessing about your hair should never be an issue. Focus your attention to anything except your hair.