Hair restoration provides you the opportunity to fill in bald spots and essentially eliminate your male pattern baldness. With any medical procedure, including hair loss surgery, there might be a few terms you aren’t familiar with. When exploring your options for restoring your hair, it helps to learn a little more about those terms so you can research which method is best for you.
A common term that is used often when discussing hair restoration procedures is “donor area”. The donor area is the area of the head where the transplant specialist will take healthy hair follicles that are transplanted into the bare areas on your scalp. These are usually the sides and back of the head, where the hair is often plentiful and will grow back.
Male Pattern Baldness
For men, male pattern baldness is one of the most common causes of hair loss. Male pattern baldness is typically not due to your diet or health, but can be related to your sex hormones and genetics, which means you might not be able to prevent it. When you have male pattern baldness, the hair loss typically occurs with a thinning crown and a receding hairline. These are the locations where you will have healthy hair transplanted to create the look of a full head of hair.
When examining how much hair loss you are experiencing, doctors will use something called the Norwood Scale. The Norwood Scale provides stages of hair loss based on images of where the hair loss occurs and what the severity of it is. It makes it easier to determine the right treatment plan for your specific level of hair loss.
Hair Loss Classification
You might also hear the term hair loss classification, which describes the different classes used in the Norwood Scale. For example, class 1 shows a normal head of hair with no hair loss, while class 2 just shows the beginning stages of a widow’s peak at the hairline. As the classes progress, more severe hair loss is exhibited, including the decline of hair above the temples, noticeable crown hair loss, and moderate or severe hair loss on the crown.
There will be two procedures used in hair restoration, including strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction. Strip harvesting is the term used to describe the method of removing a strip of hair along with the hair follicles, which is then transplanted to the areas of the head experiencing baldness or thinning. This occurs in the donor area previously mentioned.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
The other method is a newer, contemporary hair transplantation procedure called follicular unit extraction (FUE). Instead of removing an entire strip of hair and scalp, individual hairs are removed, then transplanted into the scalp.
These are just some of the terms that you will encounter as you explore your hair restoration options. To learn more about choosing a hair replacement solution that fits your budget and lifestyle, contact our New Jersey Hair Restoration center, Contemporary Hair Transplant (a Division of Chuback Medical Group) in Paramus, NJ. Schedule a hair loss surgery consultation today.