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What Is FUE Hair Transplant – Everything You Need to Know

If you are afraid to run a comb through your hair due to the fear of more strands falling out or have lately found yourself Googling the ‘cost of hair transplant in the UK,’ needless to say, your hair fall problem has gone way out of control.

Healthy and shiny hair is the pinnacle of beauty – quite literally!

Regardless of which gender group you belong to, an accelerated rate of hair loss is sure to raise some serious alarms. You might have tried some natural remedies to control hair fall but if traditional methods, shampoos, hair conditioners and similar products to control hair fall no longer work for you, there’s no need to worry.

A FUE hair transplant can help you achieve the thick and healthy hair that you have always wanted.

What Is FUE Hair Transplant

FUE, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, is one of the two main methods used for surgically restoring hair loss in both, men and women.

In this technique, healthy hair grafts obtained from the patient’s scalp are planted into tiny incisions made in the area affected by hair loss.

First introduced in 2003, FUE hair transplant is not particularly new, but the advancements in technology and latest innovations have given a whole new dimension to this process, making it one of the most widely used methods to combat excessive hair loss once and for all!

Difference Between FUT and FUE Hair Transplant
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as strip harvesting, is somewhat similar to FUE hair transplant in the sense that it also uses healthy hair follicles obtained from the patient’s scalp which are then implanted in the balding spots. But that is where the similarity ends.
The way in which the hair follicles are extracted as well as the long and short-term effects of both these techniques greatly differ from each other.
If you are looking for a permanent solution to your hair loss problem, FUE hair transplant might be all you need. Here’s why this technique is far superior and more effective than strip harvesting.
Benefits of FUE Hair Transplant

  • Does not leave any scars – As opposed to FUT that leaves a large linear scar on the area where the grafts are sourced from, FUE hair transplant does not leave behind any mark on the head.
  •  Minimally invasive – The extraction and implantation of hair follicles in the FUE technique is done under local anesthesia. It does not require any stitches and ensures quick recovery with no post-procedure pain.
  •  Lower risk of infections – The deep cut made in FUT procedures not just causes pain and inconvenience but is also highly susceptible to becoming infected if proper care is not taken. On the other hand, the microscopic punches made in FUE procedure hardly carry the risk of infections since they heal very quickly.
  •  Effective for small and large spots – In addition to reversing the balding process, FUE method for treating hair loss is also suitable for restoring growth in small areas such as eyebrows. It can also be used for hair restoration in beard and moustache.

Costs, Side effects and Restoration – PRP, Your Solution to a Better You

Making the decision to undergo hair replacement can seem like a challenge. Which treatments to take, their costs and potential side effects, and the time it takes for results to appear can all be points of concern. However, for those who suffer with Alopecia Areata, investing in hair replacement can be life-changing and Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a viable treatment option for a better you.

PRP treatment, which begins at £500, involves extracting a sample of the patient’s blood which is then spun in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelets from the rest of the plasma. An agent is then added to the solution to activate growth factors. The platelet-rich solution is then injected back into the patient’s scalp and stimulates hair follicles to grow.

A typical treatment would involve receiving a series of monthly injections. Monthly treatments mean that a patient is freed from the daily routine that is required by most oral medication regiments. The procedure can also be combined with a hair transplant where it can facilitate increased regrowth. In a study conducted by Garg et al., 12 out of 20 transplant patients who received PRP injections all experienced hair regrowth greater than 75%. In comparison, only 4 out of 20 patients in the control group experienced this level of regrowth.

When it comes to the side effects of PRP procedures, they are minimal at best. In a study conducted by Khatu et al, patients experienced slight pain, redness at the injection site and pinpoint bleeding. In another study conducted by Singhal et al., 3 out of 10 patients complained of headaches following their first treatment which was easily treated with paracetamol. However, none experienced inflammation or infection. 6 out the 10 patients saw hair growth after just 7 days while balance 4 saw hair growth after 15 days. In Khatu et al., study 9 out of 11 male participants saw a significant reduction in hair loss between their first and fourth treatments.

While there is always a risk of infection with procedures that involve injections, these studies show that PRP not only has significantly reduced side effect but also achieves faster results. Couple this with its cost-effectiveness and PRP becomes an affordable and attractive solution for those suffering from Alopecia Areata.

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Garg, S. Outcome of Intra-operative Injected Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy During Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant: A Prospective Randomised Study in Forth Patients. J Cutan. Aesthetic Surg. 9, 157-164 (2016)

Khatu et al. Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 2014 Apr-Jun; 7(2): 107–110. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.138352. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4134641/ . Accessed 16/07/2018 at 10:46 am

Singhal, P. et al. Efficacy of platelet-rich plasma in treatment of andogenic alopecia. Asian J. Transfus. Sci. 9, 159-162 (2015). http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC4562137. Accessed 16/07/18 at 11:13 am

Khatu et al. Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool. Journal of Cutneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 2014 Apr-Jun; 7(2): 107–110. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.138352. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4134641/ . Accessed 16/07/2018 at 10:46 am

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and How it Can Change Your Life

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that has been widely used in treating a wide array of conditions[1] and has more recently shown promising results in treating Alopecia Areata.

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that can affect men, women and even children. The autoimmune system of an affected person attacks the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out in round patches[2].

Traditionally, treatment for Alopecia Areata has involved medication taken orally, injected or applied topically. These medications either suppress the immune system to reduce hair loss or facilitate hair re-growth. Most often patients are required to use a combination of medications[3].

A typical PRP treatment, however, involves extracting a sample of the patient’s blood. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelets from the rest of the plasma. An agent is then added to the solution to activate growth factors. The platelet-rich solution is then injected back into the patient’s scalp and stimulates hair follicles to grow.

Some of the potential benefits of PRP are as follows:

  • No surgery required

PRP treatment is a non-invasive procedure that does not require surgery or the after care that accompanies surgery.

  • Fewer treatments for longer-lasting results

Some oral medication requires a daily intake in order to maintain hair growth. Forgetting to take medication daily or stopping it altogether can result in a return of hair loss. Unlike oral medication, PRP requires monthly treatments and results may last from between six months to a year. In a study conducted by V. Cervelli et an l, five men were injected with PRP injections for pattern hair loss, while the remaining five men were injected with a placebo. Each patient received three treatments one month apart. Following three treatment cycles “improvements were seen in the mean increase of 18.0 hairs in the target area and a mean increase in total hair density of 27.7 (number of hairs /cm2)[4]”.

  • A viable option for women experiencing hair loss

As PRP does not affect hormones it is a treatment that is suitable for both men and women. Studies conducted by P. Singhal et al[5] and M. Gkini et al[6] included both male and female participants.

  • Compatible with hair transplant

PRP can increase hair regrowth in patients with who have undergone a hair transplant. In one study transplant patients who received PRP injections all saw hair regrowth greater than 75%, while only 4 patients in the control group saw this level of regrowth[7].

The existing research highlights the effectiveness of PRP in treating Alopecia Areata. It to be expected that future research will further solidify these findings. In the meantime PRP is a viable, non-surgical option that can free a patient from a daily routine of medication and achieve longer-lasting results.

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[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tendinitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20378248. Accessed 05/07/18 at 11:04 am.

[2] https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-and-scalp-problems/alopecia-areata. Accessed 07/07/18 at 16:51pm.

[3] https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-and-scalp-problems/alopecia-areata#treatment. Accessed 07/07/18 at 05:23 pm

[4] Cervelli, V. et al. The effect of autologous activated platelet rich plasma (AA-PRP) injections on pattern hair loss: Clinical and histomorphometric evaluation. BioMed Res. Int. 760709 (2014).

[5] Singhal, P. et al. Efficacy of platelet-rich plasma in treatment of andogenic alopecia. Asian J. Transfus. Sci. 9, 159-162 (2015). http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC4562137. Accessed 05/07/18 at 12:05 pm

[6] Gkini, M.-A., et al. Study of platelet-rich plasma injections in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia through a one-year period. J. Cutan. Astheric Surge. 7, 213-219 (2014). http://www.jcasonline.com/article.asp?issn=0974-2077;year=2014;volume=7;issue=4;spage=213;epage=219;aulast=Gkini. Accessed 05/07/18 at 12:06 pm

[7] Garg, S. Outcome of Intra-operative Injected Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy During Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant: A Prospective Randomised Study in Forth Patients. J Cutan. Aesthetic Surg. 9, 157-164 (2016)

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