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Two Common Types of Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair loss afflicts both men and women, though it is obviously more common among the male of our species.  Regardless of its proficiency among the genders, though, it is relatively the same among those who experience it.  Receding hair lines and baldness patterns can differ between people, of course, but the rate of hair loss between people can also be much different.

As you might expect, genetics have a lot to do with hair loss risk. At the same time, there are many environmental factors at play, too, which can put undue stress on your body.  And speaking of stress, you can bet that having too much of any kind of stress in your life can influence your risk and rate of hair loss.

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Whether your hair loss is genetic or is caused by stress, you can always consider hair transplant surgery among your Capilia hair loss prevention solutions.  

What is Hair Transplant Surgery?

The term “Hair Transplant Surgery” seems a bit of a misdirect as the procedure is minimally invasive, if you can consider it invasive at all.  Put simply, this procedure just involves taking hair from part of the head where there is a lot of it and transplanting that hair to a part of the scalp where the hair is thinning.  

In essence, the surgeon will clean the scalp, of course, and inject medicine to numb the back of your head.  Once this anesthetic has taken effect, the doctor will use one of two different extraction methods to extract the hair.  These are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS).

Follicular Unit Extraction

The FUE method involves shaving the back of the scalp to remove some of the hair follicles, one at a time.  This area will eventually heal and regrow the hair.  The removed follicles, however, will be grafted into the scalp where less hair is growing. The process can take as long as 8 hours for more complex transplants.

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery

The FUSS method invovles the removal of an entire strip of skin—between 6 and 10 inches—from the back of the head.  The surgeon will sew this shut and the scalp, again, will heal and your hair will regrow over the scar.  The doctor will next divide the removed section of skin into as many as 2,000 tiny grafts with each graft the intentional home for a new, individual hair.

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