A full head of hair represents attractiveness and desirability to many, both personally and professionally. Hair restoration should be unnoticeable, and look like you were born with a great head of hair that decided to stick around.
Did you know though that approximately 50 million men & roughly 30 million women suffer from male/female pattern baldness or thinning hair? You can rest assured, you're not alone.
Dr. Sanders is regarded for his natural looking hair restoration, performing two types of hair transplants: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT). The primary difference between the two is the transplant method. Both options are natural looking and have incredible results.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
FUT is sometimes known as the "strip method." Dr Sanders cuts out a small strip of skin from the scalp during the harvest stage of the procedure, known as the donor site, the donor site is then closed with sutures. A small linear scar forms there but won't be seen as the remaining hair covers the area.
The harvested strip contains the hair follicles you'll get in the area hair is wanted, often called the "recipient area." This FUT transplant takes less time than the FUE and is great if you want/need to cover a larger area of your scalp or body.
Follicular Unit Extraction
The FUE method takes longer than the FUG in terms of time harvesting the follicles, as the follicles are harvested individually instead of in a strip. Although the FUE takes longer, this method does not cause a linear scar therefore is great for very short or military style hair cuts. It does, however create tiny dots on the scalp. These dots are not visible once the hair has grown. Healing is also faster in the donor and recipient site.
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Reasons for Hair Loss
On average, between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles and we lose about 100 hair follicles a day. 100 doesn't sound like a lot but new hair growth declines as we age.
Norwood Classification for Men
Norwood (NW) classification divides hair loss in men into different types which are assigned to 7 hair loss types (1 thorough 7).
Each category represents hair loss severity and its pattern.
Types, patterns, stages, classification of hair loss are all the synonyms.
Although it clearly visualizes the most common, typical types of hair loss, Norwood classification is an anatomical one per se. It fails to take individual patterns of hair loss and certain mixed and incomplete forms of hair loss into consideration. Sometimes, it also fails to integrate some hair losses and important variables of modern hair restoration surgery.
Hair loss rate in men varies enormously. Male hair loss can begin in puberty and while some men may shed rapidly in their 20’s up to a Type 3 or Type 4, others may have no detectable amount of hair loss until they are in their 50’s, only to advance to a Type 6 or Type 7 in just a few short years. Basically , the scale is used to assess how advanced a man’s hair loss is – the higher the number, the more advanced the loss. If you start to thin or recede early in life, there’s a high probability you’re destined to lose quite a bit of hair.
Ludwig Classification for Woman
Women who suffer from Androgenic Alopecia have a pattern of hair loss called Female Pattern Loss. This loss doesn't occur in the same pattern like men but, appears as a diffuse thinning throughout the scalp. The chart above is designed to classify Female Pattern loss: the Ludwig Scale. There're always exceptions, and in some cases, men can suffer from a diffuse type thinning and women may experience a similar hair loss pattern to men.
Hair loss is a problem that plagues the male gender more frequent but,women aren't immune. Women usually lose 100 to 125 hairs per day and can exhibit noticeable thinning as they mature. Unlike men losing hair, female hair loss may is deemed less socially acceptable.
It's unclear exactly what predisposes a female toward hair loss but a combination of genetics and hormonal factors are clearly at work. Some women are susceptible to hair loss at an early age because of an excess of androgen hormones (and sometimes unrelated to male hormone levels). Other times, hair loss is only more marked during menopause when androgen hormones become proportionately greater with a diminution of estrogen levels.