How Does A Hair Transplant Surgery Work? Dr. Farjo and Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE Explain All
19th November 2015
Actor & Comedian, Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, discusses with Dr Bessam Farjo the history of and how hair transplant surgery works at the Farjo Hair Institute.
Speaking of transplant technology, Bessam recalls becoming aware of this back in the 1970s but notes there were other procedures. One procedure is known as ‘punch grafting’ which was carried out way before this time. The use of hair plugs started in the 1950s and continued for decades. During a hair plug procedure, the surgeon would “punch out” round areas of skin and hair to replant. The premise was that hair growing tissue was moved from one area to another, and it appeared to work. Transplants were reportedly carried out in Japan before World War II but the documents were lost on this until recently. These procedures are the most similar to what surgeons do today.
Fast forward to the 1990s and high-powered magnification microscopes were introduced. Strip FUT hair transplants became most common however as time moved on and shorter hairstyles were fashionable, you do end up with a scar from this procedure, that if your hair was short enough it may be visible. This treatment remains very popular today but we also have the option of a FUE hair transplant.
Bessam discusses how FUE treatments ironically use the same principle as punch grafting. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. FUE procedures involve using very small tools, usually 1mm or less in diameter taking hairs from one area of the scalp and planting them into a balding area.
There are advantages and disadvantages to all treatments we offer, but enough options to choose the one to suit you. If you’re considering a hair transplant procedure then get in touch to discuss which treatment could work best for you. And, if you have questions or are looking for a further explanation then we have everything you need to know here about hair transplant surgery.