Hair Transplant Surgery

This section includes the following techniques:

Find out more about each of these procedures in turn.

Theory behind hair transplant surgery

The underlying principle behind hair transplantation is that there are two types of hair - permanent and transitory. The permanent hair grows around the back and sides of the head and it is this hair which is used for a hair transplant. This permanent hair acts as a series of donor grafts which are removed and then implanted into bald patches on the scalp.

Sounds simple doesn't it? But in reality it is a highly technical and precise form of surgery which requires a great deal of skill and expertise on the part of the surgeon.

This precision surgery is discussed in more detail within the individual techniques.

History hair transplant surgery

Hair transplants were performed in the 1930's although these were largely unknown. More modern procedures appeared in the 1960's and 1970's with the emergence of 'hair plugs' - strips of scalp with a clump of hairs attached which are then grafted onto the desired area of the scalp.

Hair plugs are often viewed as unattractive, resulting in a 'dolls head' type of appearance. They have been largely superseded by newer techniques such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

The 1980's and 1990's have seen the use of micro grafts.

Twenty first century hair transplants are characterised by the latest techniques, for example ultra refined follicular unit transplantation and the Single visit FUE-Strip combination surgery.