Director Dimitrios Karoutis has a wealth of experience in hair transplantation thanks to many years of carrying out the procedure.
Here, he shares his expert advice to help you understand how the process works.
Which are the best hair transplant methods?Τhere are two main types of techniques, which represent two international schools of thought
FUT: Follicular Unit Transplantation
In FUT, a strip of skin from the back side of the scalp is removed surgically. This donor area is sent for preparation under microscopes in small pieces, or grafts, which each contain 1-10 hairs.
The grafts are implanted using forceps to the bald area. After the procedure, the donor area is stitched up. Usually, the patient needs 10 days until the stitches can be removed and 20-30 days in the recovery phase.
FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction
This technique uses small sections of skin with 1-4 hairs together, known as follicular units.
These are extracted from a donor area on the back side of the scalp, then split into smaller sections under a microscope and finally implanted by forceps to the bald area.
The donor area has rounded spots after the end of the procedure. Usually, the patient needs 10-15 days in the recovery phase.
In expert hands, both techniques produce good to excellent results; like all medical techniques, both still have room for improvement and development.
Is hair transplantation painful?Hair transplantation is not a painful procedure, because the area under operation is under local anesthesia, which blocks the nerves responsible that cause sensation in the scalp area.
It should be noted that professional experience is always required for this type of anesthesia; patients are highly recommended to research the scientific qualifications and the appropriate experience of the doctor.
Some things you should take into account are their CV, the length of time they have been a specialist and their record of involvement in microsurgery; reputable doctors should always be happy to share these details.
„ People with thinning hair now have more options available to them than ever before.
Dimitri Karoutis, Swiss Luxury Clinic
What other options are available?People with thinning hair now have more options available to them than ever before.
Hair restoration surgery offers a permanent, living solution to lost scalp hair. However, other options include:
1. Medication: Effective medical treatments are now offered in the form of a pill (Finasteride) and a topical liquid (Minoxidil).They require life-long treatment to maintain their effect.
2. Cosmetic enhancers: These include coloured creams, sprays, and powders that help to camouflage thinning areas, as long as there is still some hair present in the area where they are applied.They do not treat the hair loss process or prevent further hair loss.
3. Hairpieces: These offer a non-surgical means of restoring hair by covering bald areas of the scalp.There is a large variety of means for attaching these. The most common are glue adhesives, “weave” attachments, and clips.