The row of leeks in front, the scar on the back of the neck, the pains, it’s over! Hair transplants are becoming increasingly natural, comfortable and discreet. Here are the latest progress presented at a conference in Marrakech.

It is no coincidence that this fifth Congress on research and solutions against hair loss was held in Marrakech. It is today one of the leading destinations of medical tourism to get hair grafted discreetly and * less expensive than in France. An operation that seduces more and more men, and earlier and earlier, as the spectrum of baldness family is sometimes badly lived. “Fifteen years ago, the majority of candidates for hair transplant flirting with fifty, today demand also explodes in the under 30 years”says Gil Mennetrey, the founder of Challeng’Hair clinics and Norgil Institutes. But the boom, which also concerns women, is also explained by the improvement of techniques and the comfort of the intervention. Thanks to the local anesthesia, we feel practically nothing and everything goes faster. Samples and transplants can be performed at four or even six hands. As a result, several sessions lasting seven to eight hours led to transplants in a single six-hour session.

 Always more discreet samples

The bandage technique (FUT), which consisted of taking a band of scalp to extract the necessary grafts, leaves a scar in the neck. It can now be masked by another small intervention. But it also decreases the number of potential grafts if a second graft is a desired day. When you start young, it is often necessary ten years later if you want to keep the same result. This technique is therefore often replaced by the FUE New Densetechnique (see box below) presented by Dr. Hassan Ben Moussa. This time it is to take the follicles one by one, each one can give one to three hair. A technique also used to densify a somewhat less provided area or bald beard.

The transplant by FUE New Dense in 8 steps

  1. Diagnosis   : a device, the hair analyzer, measures the density of the donor area to see if the graft is possible.
  2. Preparation : marking of the recipient area, preparation of the donor area.
  3. Local anesthesia of the donor area and the recipient area.
  4. Extraction of the follicles  They are removed one by one, manually, using micropunchs.
  5. Sorting and counting grafts
  6. Injection of prp  : platelet-rich plasma (prp) is injected into the donor area and the recipient area. Taken at the beginning by a blood test, it contains growth factors that will facilitate the growth of grafted follicles.
  7. Implantation of the grafts
  8. Care and postoperative follow-up : specific shampoo and intake of food supplements.

 The frontal border, the key of the aesthetic result

Another interesting communication, that of Dr. Carles Ortiz Rodriguez, cosmetic surgeon, on the importance of the hairline on the front: “For a good aesthetic result, it must be drawn according to the age, the shape of the face , the hair density and the origin of the person , he explained. A front line too advanced at 24 years will not be pretty at 50, a line without a gulf in a European will be unsightly, as a too symmetrical implementation. “To give some naturalness, the “artists” of the transplant implant staggered and multidirectionally to avoid the effect of scrubbing. The quality of the border is the true signature of the operator. But to judge it, patience … The final result of a hair transplant is assessed eight to twelve months later.

Hair in numbers 100 to  150 000 is the average number of hair of a normal hair.30  % of men lose a lot of their hair.50 000 is the number of hair lost when the skull becomes frankly bald.25 to 30 grafts per cm2 are on average sufficient to obtain a natural result.3,000 grafts are implanted for total baldness. They will give birth to 7,000 new hair.

 Other solutions to find a beautiful hair

«Clips of hair to staple, volumizers, hair prostheses held by threads or glues, several alternatives to the graft exist to hide a lack of hair» explains Annabelle Delage, Norgil capillitologist in Limoges. These hair care professionals and non-surgical fall arrest solutions offer tailor-made solutions after performing a hair balance. The volumizer is in the form of a small net on which natural hair has been tied. Fixation on the scalp is done by the use of microbarettes. The mesh of the net makes it possible to make appear the real hair. No problem then to achieve cutting, coloring or brushing. Capillary prostheses are ultrafine synthetic micropeaux that take the color of the scalp transparently and on which natural or artificial hair is implanted. Some are removable.
Others are fixed for several weeks thanks to a special “glue”, which allows a greater discretion. A recent Chinese innovation, a model without resin and without adhesive was presented at this congress. Bluffing!

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