Baldness can cause social discomfort for some folks. Indeed, physical appearance is very important in today’s society. In addition, hair loss can affect the morale of the person concerned and the perception that he or she has of himself. This is especially true when alopecia involves a woman or a young man. But hair falling out is no longer a “social” fatality. There are numerous hair transplant techniques which allow people with baldness to treat their problem. In this area, research is constantly progressing: FUE or FUT micro-grafts have made hair transplant Toronto surgeries more effective. Today, the HST technique goes even further and gives individuals very natural results without damaging the area.
The FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) consists of taking a scalp test strip from the patient’s neck. The sample area is approximately 1 cm wide and 20 cm long, depending on the extent of the area to be treated. Follicular units, zones of 1 to 4 hairs, are then separated in order to be transplanted one by one into the balding area. The major disadvantage is the scar present at the back of the patient’s skull. The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) differs from the FUT in that the hair follicles are no longer taken by strip but one by one. They are then transplanted one by one into the area to be treated. It is recommended for people who are just beginning to go bald.
HST (Hair Stem Cell Transplantation) is a technique that treats baldness with stem cells. The main innovation is that it is no longer necessary to remove the entire hair follicle. Only a part of the follicle is sufficient to make this hair transplant option a reality. This revolutionary technique has many advantages over the old micrograft techniques. Since only one part of the follicle is removed, the holes in the donor area (the back of the head) are much finer. These are tiny lesions also heal faster (in less than two days). There are, therefore, no visible scars, contrary to the FUT and FUE techniques. In addition, the hair present on the sampled area normally grows after an extraction (in contrast to FUE treatment).