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1 in 10 hair transplantations is not performed on the scalp

Medical restoration of eyebrows, eyelashes and beard is at its peak. According to the official statistical data it actually constitutes 10% of hair transplantations

Scalp is not always the area showing hair follicles’ weakening and hair thinning. Quite often hair thinning or hair loss is observed in other parts of the face, which play an important aesthetic role for both men and women, as they are related to the index of masculinity and femininity respectively.

For example, when a man has alopecia barbae, the patches without hair on his beard are a blow to his masculinity. Similarly, when a woman sees her eyebrows or eyelashes thinning and she has to fall back on makeup (permanent or non permanent) so that to give them back their shape or density, her self-confidence is affected significantly. In such cases it is of utmost importance to have a natural and permanent solution.

1 in 10 hair transplantations is not performed on the scalp

The natural aesthetic result that current hair transplantation techniques can offer gives the answer to all those interested in finding a permanent solution to restore their hair in areas other than the scalp. According to the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), with more than 1,200 doctors-members throughout 70 countries, the worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration procedures has jumped to 76% during the past eight years. From 2006 to 2014 the number of people who have had hair transplantation worldwide has increased from 226,000 to 397,048.

The most remarkable fact though is that one out of 10 hair transplantations is not performed on the scalp area, but in other areas of the face. The most common “other” target recipient areas mentioned by men were the beard (63.8%) and the eyebrows (31.5%), while women were mostly interested in eyebrow procedures (92.2%), as well as in eyelashes procedures (5.3%).

Natural result with no pain or stitches

The major benefits of hair transplantation are that it offers the desired hair density in areas showing hair thinning either as a congenital condition or due to hereditary reasons, hormonal causes, injury, burn or scar, and the procedure is painless, it does not leave scars and no recovery time is necessary, while the result is completely natural. The modern hair transplantation technique Advanced Micro-FUE is the most sophisticated method for facial hair restoration, too. This technique is minimally invasive and it is performed through the extraction of individual hair follicles from a stable hair growth zone (usually the occipital region), which are then transplanted to the areas showing hair thinning.

The procedure is performed without stitches and it leaves no scars, as opposed to the older methods, such as the invasive Strip method, in which a strip of skin is taken from the back of the head, leaving a permanent scar that may be also painful and look really bad. Through Advanced Micro-FUE method it is difficult to realise that hair transplantation has been performed, as the tools used for the extraction of individual hair follicles have a diameter of less than a millimetre (approximately 0.6 mm). Furthermore, the individual hair follicles are transplanted straight into the areas showing hair thinning without creating special perforations contrary to the traditional hair transplantation methods.

To achieve a completely natural result, follicular units that produce hair of the same quality, texture and thickness as the existing ones are selected, while particular attention is also paid on the exact angle, direction and density when each follicular unit is placed on the recipient area. Before the initiation of the procedure the final result is designed, taking into account factors such as symmetry and analogy with the other facial characteristics. The result is permanent and lasts forever.

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