Premature baldness is a phenomenon that mainly affects men. A source of complexes, male hair loss can have strong psychological repercussions, especially when it occurs at a young age. When you are faced with hair loss, what to do? When is it possible to consider hair transplantation to regain your hair?
What is baldness?
Baldness mainly affects men, but can also affect some women. Very often, we can note the beginning of baldness between 20 and 35 years. But it can also occur around the age of 40. Whatever the moment of its occurrence, hair loss in men can be a real psychological suffering and impact the aesthetic appearance of the entire face.
This very common phenomenon (since it affects about 2 thirds of men) is however normal. Also known as androgenic alopecia, baldness is characterized by a decrease in the number of hairs. These gradually thin out and become thinner and thinner. After a while they stop growing.
Baldness is irreversible, unlike male pattern hair loss which can be temporary. To determine the nature of hair loss, it is necessary to consult a health professional.
The causes of the appearance of premature baldness
Several causes can promote hair loss in men: stress, hormonal problems, taking certain treatments or certain deficiencies. Hair loss is then temporary and can occur suddenly. Under these conditions, consultation with a doctor is essential.
Early baldness, or androgenic alopecia, results in turn from a genetic origin. It is estimated that this form of baldness affects 25% of men aged 25 to 35, and 20% of young people in their twenties. Among the oldest, around fifty, this rate reaches 50%. However, people who suffer from it are not necessarily totally bald.
What is Hair Transplant?
Hair implant transplantation consists of taking hair from the area located at the back of the skull (the crown) to be re-implanted on the front of the skull, in the affected areas (usually the tonsure and the forehead region). ). The back crown is an area of the skull where the hair never falls.
Hair transplants performed today are much more precise and aesthetic than before, since micrografts are performed. The result is then very natural and definitive.
Hair implant transplantation is the ideal solution to treat premature baldness. It allows patients to regain full hair, from the first session.
What are the different hair transplants?
The FUE technique is the most popular hair transplant method. It is indicated for hair types (straight, wavy, curly, frizzy). It allows the removal of hair follicles one by one from the crown of the donor area with a micropunch without any visible scar. It is possible to implant between 500 to 2500 grafts in a single session.
The so-called FUT technique called the strip is now completely abandoned. It consisted of taking a strip of scalp measuring between 1 and 2 cm wide and 20 cm long from the back area of the skull (medio-occipital area) in order to extract the hair. Then, the strip was cut into small follicular units of 2 to 4 hairs which are reimplanted on the bald areas. The main drawback of this method was the visible scar on the back of the head even though in theory it is hidden by the hair.
Are the results final?
The results of a hair transplant are visible from 6 months, although the hair grows back from the third month. The results are final after the first year post-treatment. No scar is visible, even on very short hair.