If you’re noticing you’re beginning to go bald (or even already have a bald spot on the top of your head), it can cause a lot of unnecessary insecurity. Your hair is a big aspect of your overall appearance. And when you start to lose it, freaking out a little is absolutely acceptable.
If you’re starting to bald, join the club. Balding is more common than you might think, in both men and women. Typically, balding is thought to affect men who have hit the magical age of 40. While balding in middle-aged and older men is common, men and women of all ages can suffer at the hands of thinning hair that leaves a noticeable bald spot.
Were you aware that more millennials are going bald than ever? It’s true. The cause? High stress. The American Psychological Association says that millennials are more stressed out than any generation that’s come before them. And stress is one of the biggest causes in hair loss for both men and women.
Hair loss due to stress is known as telogen effluvium. It happens when significant levels of stress push a large quantity of hair follicles into a resting state. The result is the unwanted bald spots that more millennials are experiencing than ever before.
Bald spots and significant loss of hair is still more common in older adults than it is the younger generations. According the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 50, around 85 percent of men will have noticeably thinning hair. Hair loss can begin to occur at any age, however. Men in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can all begin to lose their hair, noticing bald spots long before they discover their first grey hair.
Men aren’t the only ones who experience the unwanted appearance of bald spots. Women actually make up a significant portion of the people who experience hair loss. Some of the following statistics highlight just how common hair loss in women really is:
Any of you ladies who have experienced hair loss know how damaging it can be for your self-esteem and confidence. While men may not like the fact that they’re going bald, it’s still acceptable, not to mention expected. A woman who experiences hair loss is a completely different story.
Many women who notice bald spots or thinning hair are left to suffer in silence, doing what they can to hide the fact that they’re losing their hair. No one deserves to live like this. The psychological damage that can entail when a woman loses her hair or experiences balding can be devastating.
Men and women suffering with bald spots don’t need to continue to agonize over their appearance any longer. Hair transplants have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days where a hair transplant surgery was a grueling procedure, leaving telltale scars or worse yet, the unsightly plugs that looked like anything but natural hair.
Today’s hair transplants are different. Follicular unit extraction (FUE), is the hair transplant procedure for the modern era. It’s a minimally-invasive procedure that offers natural looking coverage for bald spots on both men and women.
For bald spot restoration, FUE is a simple process that gently removes hair follicles from the back or side of the scalp. Grafts are taken one at a time, typically in units of 1-4 hairs. The number of grafts a person needs will depend on how much of a balding area needs to be covered.
FUE is one of the simplest procedures known for bald spot restoration. The entire procedure lasts only 3-5 hours and heals in less than two weeks. Many people who get bald spot restoration with FUE are back to work in just a couple days, resuming regular activities in no time at all.
Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic is applied to the perimeter of the scalp. This numbs the entire scalp for an absolutely painless procedure. Once the scalp is numb, the hair follicle extraction process begins. On average, 1-4 hair follicles are used for one graft.
Once the desired number of grafts to cover the bald spot are taken, it is then time for the transfer. Each graft is placed accurately in the balding area until bald spot restoration is complete.
Patients should plan on taking a couple days of downtime after the surgery is complete. For those who work Monday-Friday, we will often schedule procedures on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday so there is plenty of time to recover over the weekend.
There is some swelling that should be expected, as well as little scabs and swelling on the area of the head where hair was transferred to. Patients will need to wear a pressure dressing on the donor area, which should be kept on for 2 days. And though it may be tempting, patients should not wear a hat for at least 2-3 days following the procedure.
In as little as a week to ten days, patients can resume their regular activities, and no one will notice anything different about you. In fact, FUE is the preferred method of hair transplant surgery for those living an active lifestyle. With minimal recovery time, athletes, yogis, and outdoor activity enthusiasts will benefit from bald spot restoration using FUE.