Hair loss can be upsetting, embarrassing and even distressing, and it is a problem shared by both men and women, although manifesting itself in different ways. Over the years many solutions have been developed to combat hair loss and to restore thinning areas of hair, each with a greater or lesser degree of success. However, contemporary hair transplantation employing FUE technology has been demonstrated to produce the most satisfying and permanent results.
FUE Hair Transplant Surgery has recently been introduced by Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group clinic of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), being the latest addendum to an ever-growing range of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, many of which are at the forefront of medical science and technology, and which have been introduced to meet the perceived needs of the increasingly sophisticated and dynamic patient base both living in Dubai and also coming to Dubai from within the GCC group of countries and internationally, seeking specific medical treatments.
According to Dr Allen Rezai, Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon of Harley Street, London, and also founder of Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group in Dubai Healthcare City, a specialist in both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, hair loss can be caused by one or a combination of several factors, some resulting in permanent hair loss, others in only temporary loss. Some factors are common to both men and women, whilst others are sex-dependent. These factors include thyroid or other hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, auto-immune disorders, medication side effects, hair and scalp trauma, stress and several others, including some related to the environment.
Dr Rezai points out, however, that before undergoing any form of treatment, diagnosis by a qualified professional is essential in order to determine the underlying cause or combination of causes for the loss of hair. But the commonest problem for which the majority of patients seek hair restoration is pattern hair loss, which occurs in both men and women. According to Dr Rezai, “Male pattern hair loss is the result of genetic factors, age and the action of male hormones. It is known medically as androgenic alopecia, since the gradual loss of hair with age is caused by the action of the male sex hormones, the androgens. The effect of androgens on the male hairline can begin as early as the teenage years and most men will have experienced some degree of pattern hair loss by the time they reach their fifties.”
Whilst hair loss is often considered to be a problem that typically affects men, women too can suffer from hair loss. Dr Rezai explains that “For women this can be particularly upsetting and can have a very negative impact on self-esteem. There are numerous medical conditions that can cause hair loss in women, many of which are also common to men. However in women hair loss can also be associated with other factors such as pregnancy and various hair fashions and product treatments. However, as with men, the most common cause of hair loss in women is inherited androgenic pattern baldness. But in women the pattern is usually different from that observed in men, taking the form of a diffuse thinning effect over the entire region of the scalp with the exception of the front hairline.”
Hair transplant surgery is a procedure in which hair is moved typically from the back or sides of the scalp where the hair is permanent to areas that are thinning or bald on the front, top or crown of the scalp. Once transplanted, the hair will continue to grow for a person’s lifetime.
According to Dr Rezai, FUE Hair Transplantation is the most modern and least invasive form of hair replacement surgery. “The initials FUE,” says DR Rezai, “stand for Follicular Unit Extraction. This method of hair transplantation represents a significant improvement upon the older strip method, known by the initials FUT, short for Follicular Unit Transplantation. FUE is a very efficient form of hair replacement as none of the hairs that are extracted are wasted and the patient benefits from a surgical method that is the least invasive. In addition to standard FUE Hair Transplant Surgery, we are also able to provide Micro-FUE surgery, a pain-free advanced non-invasive technique that produces totally natural undetectable results, and achieves the maximum hair density possible per session with no scarring.”
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