Many people suffering from hair loss have tried to slow the loss or regrow their hair with no success. Hair loss affects both men and women. There are many causes, different patterns of hair loss, and just as many products that claim to regrow hair.
However, there are mounds of success stories from patients who have used the hair transplant strip method, also called a follicular unit transplant (FUT). The hair transplant strip method is an effective solution for those who want to restore their own hair so that it more closely resembles the hair they had when they were younger.
Global Center for Hair Restoration is proud to offer this hair transplant treatment in Nashville, TN.
What Is a Hair Transplant?
At its most basic definition, a hair transplant describes taking hair from one place and moving it to another. There are different types of hair transplant procedures, but the strip method has been used for more than 30 years. During that time, it has become the most requested method for a wide variety of reasons.
During this hair transplant surgery, a strip of tissue containing hair follicles is taken from the back of the scalp. The donor area is closed with stitches, and the strip of tissue is put under a microscope. There, it is carefully separated into individual follicles (follicular units), which usually contain one to three hairs.
These units are then implanted into the area of the scalp where hair is not present or is thinning. They are implanted via small incisions at precise, meticulous angles that take an expert many years to master. The follicles are also strategically distributed to produce the correct density, as they will eventually form a natural hairline.
What to Expect from Your Hair Transplant Treatment
Our patients are awake and comfortable during their hair restoration procedures, and only a local anesthetic is necessary to numb the scalp.
Once the grafted follicles are in place and your procedure is over, you’ll be able to go home. (We perform the strip method hair transplant procedure on an outpatient basis.) You will be able to resume all of your normal activities usually within a week or so. The small stitches will be removed after about a week and a half.
Even though every person’s body will follow its own timeline, most patients begin to see the new hair growth after the “rest period” for the follicles passes. This can happen as soon as three months following the procedure. The new hairs usually start out very fine, and as they grow longer, they thicken.
Generally, new hair growth will be much more pronounced after about six months, and after one year, full results should be visible. The hair continues to grow just as the rest of your hair does. It grows like your natural hair because it is your natural hair!
Why Does This Method Work So Well?
Various scientific studies have revealed that a hormone called DHT can target and shrink hair follicles in people who suffer from baldness — either male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.
These conditions are technically known as androgenetic alopecia. The hair in baldness-prone areas of the scalp has DHT receptors, and when the DHT connects with these receptors, the follicles shrink and hair loss occurs.
However, the hair follicles on the back of the head do not have these receptors, which means they are not affected by the DHT hormone. They continue to grow hair no matter where they’re located on the head, even after being transplanted from one location on the scalp to another.
Why Choose the Strip Method Hair Transplant?
There are numerous advantages and benefits to choosing this method over other treatment options. Three of the biggest reasons why so many people continue to seek out a follicular unit transplant after three decades of its existence include:
- More hair grafts can be transplanted in one session with the strip method
- Patients do not need to shave their heads before having the procedure
- It’s less expensive than some other hair transplant surgeries
The procedure is also quicker to perform than others, including follicular unit extraction. The results that our patients enjoy with this procedure are natural-looking and long-lasting.
Are You a Candidate for a Strip Method Hair Transplant?
The strip method hair transplant procedure has stood the test of time because it works. It is suitable for men and women who are healthy and have any color or texture of hair. Those who make the best candidates for this method are patients who are experiencing permanent hair loss, such as male or female pattern baldness.
It’s also an excellent option for people with high hairlines and even for those who need corrections from previous hair transplant surgeries. You must have enough hair follicles in the donor area of your scalp in order to be a candidate for the procedure.
When we consult with you, we’ll be able to determine whether this is the best hair restoration procedure for you.
Hair Transplant Surgery in Nashville, TN
If you’re interested in learning if the strip method hair transplant procedure is right for you, contact us. We’ll be happy to talk with you during a consultation and answer all of your questions.
We serve patients from around the world because we have worked hard to earn our reputation as the leader in exceptional hair restoration and patient care. Our results speak for themselves.
Schedule a consultation with us at Global Center for Hair Restoration in Nashville, TN, today.