Although everyone wants to grow healthy and thick hair, some cannot because of their genetics, hormonal imbalances, and/or lifestyle factors. Whether you have thinning hair or have bald patches on your head, the FUE hair transplant procedure can help restore your hair.
What Is FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant involves removing hair follicles from the thicker parts of the scalp (back and sides of your head) and grafting them to the bald or thinning areas. It is a minimally invasive procedure that does not damage the scalp’s skin, helping you recover quickly. The transplanted hair follicles will begin to grow hairs within 3 months, giving you natural-looking results.
What Are Hair Grafts?
Hair graft is a segment of skin that contains hair. During a hair transplant procedure, your surgeon will usually remove grafts from the back of the scalp where voluminous hair follicles are located. Then, they will transplant the extracted hair follicles into the bald/thin spot. The number of hair grafts required will be determined by the Norwood Scale, which is based on your hair density and the extent of your hair loss.
What Is the Norwood Scale?
This scale has measurements ranging from 1 to 7 to determine a suitable treatment option for an individual depending on their current progression of hair loss.
Male pattern baldness follows predictable hair loss patterns outlined by the Norwood scale, such as:
An “M” shaped hairline created by receding hair
The “horseshoe” pattern, which begins when hair thins on the top of the scalp and around the temples, causing visible crown hair loss
Before opting for a hair transplant procedure, you have to identify your hair loss pattern type and determine the number of grafts you will need. This will help you understand whether a hair transplant is a viable option. Using the Norwood scale, or hair graft calculator can help you calculate the number of grafts required for the FUE hair restoration surgery. However, remember that these are estimates, and you should visit your hair transplant surgeon for a more accurate assessment.
If you are looking for an FUE hair transplant in Maryland, contact the Mane Center for Advanced Hair Restoration today. Our experienced, board-certified surgeon, Dr. Burka, will help you achieve your hair restoration goals.
Dr. Douglas Burka is a Board Certified General Surgeon who completed his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC. As the founder of the Mane Center for Advanced Hair Restoration, Maryland, Dr. Burka’s goal is to assist patients suffering from hair loss to regain their confidence. Since hair restoration is a major decision for most patients, his clinic follows a strict “no sales pressure” policy. Reputed as a highly-skilled and knowledgeable surgeon, he and his team of expert medical professionals provide superior and personalized hair loss treatment to patients.