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Transplant or Hair System?

Mar 22, 2021

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Written by: Theodosia Maravelia

Nowadays, more and more people are facing hair loss problems from a young age. Being in the Hair Systems industry, one of the first questions we receive from everyone who has just discovered hair systems is the following: What is the difference between hair transplants and hair replacement systems and which option is better? In this article, we will do an extensive comparison of hair transplants and hair replacement systems to help you gain all the knowledge you will need to make the right decision about the best hair loss solution.

Hair transplants

First of all, we need to understand what hair transplant is and what the process is. Research has shown that regardless of the cause of hair loss, the area where hair usually falls out is the front of the head, while hair from the sides is almost always unaffected.

During a hair transplant, the healthy hair follicles at the back of the head are moved to the place where the hair has fallen and thus after a while new hair grows in the affected area. This is the basic principle of hair transplantation. We could say that it is like damaging one spot to build another as hair transplants do not increase the total amount of hair (which is usually required to reduce thinning), but simply distribute the healthy hair follicles on our head. Depending on the size of the recipient area, the surgery will take approximately four to eight hours and is performed in the operating room. First, the surgeon shaves the patient's scalp and gives them an injection to numb the back of the head where the hair follicles will be extracted. There are two ways of transplantation: FUT and FUE.

1. In FUT transplantation , the surgeon removes a 15-25 cm strip of skin from the back of the head and then stitches the skin together so that the scar that will be created at the back will be hidden by the hair when it grows back. In the next step, the surgeon creates from the strip of skin he removed 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts, each with a few hairs.

2. In FUE transplantation , the surgeon will shave the hair from the back of the patient's scalp and then extract the hair follicles required, one by one. Small dots are created in the donor area that will be covered by the existing hair when it grows back. After that, both the processes are same.

Once the grafts are ready, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area where the hair will be implanted, creates holes or slits with a scalpel or needle, and finally gently places each graft into one of those holes.

New hair grown from hair transplant surgery has the same biological characteristics as normal hair. Since hair follicles in the occipital region (the back of the head) are not affected by hormonal disturbances, they will not die and fall out. So, in theory, the effect of a hair follicle transplant can last a lifetime.

But can hair transplants effectively solve the problem of hair loss?

The answer to this question is not simple but depends on the individual, the quality of the transplanted hair follicles, the skill level of the doctor and the final survival rate of the transplanted hair.

In addition, it should be noted that there are three groups of people who are not suitable for hair transplantation. These are:

Completely bald or heavily thinning individuals:
During hair transplant surgery, only our own hair follicles are redistributed to our head and they cannot be taken from another person. So a person with a lot of thinning would not be able to do a hair transplant or if they did the result would be bad.

People experiencing heavy and rapid hair loss:
It is important to properly understand the nature of the person's hair loss. Some symptoms of hair loss are serious, but they are only short-term, although the effects can last from a few months to two years. However, most patients make a full recovery, so a hair transplant would be unnecessary. In any case it's a good idea to see a dermatologist (who doesn't do transplants) and wait until the hair loss is complete before making any decisions.

People who have burns:
Since the subcutaneous tissue (the innermost layer) of this group of people is damaged, the blood supply to this area is not done properly and thus our skin is not able to provide the right environment for the healthy growth of hair follicles.

MACO Hair Systems

When people hear about hair systems for the first time, they usually associate them with old fashioned 60's wigs that look ugly and are always easy to spot. However, the hair replacement systems we talk about at MACO are very thin, hand made and look as natural as real hair.

A hair system consists of two parts: the base and the hair. The base is the one that comes in direct contact with the client's scalp. On the other hand, the hair is natural and its type is European. The workers who make the systems apply the hair to the base by hand one by one. This way the MACO hair system blends perfectly with the client's side hair and the overall result is always amazing.

What are the differences between hair transplants and hair replacement systems?

The most obvious difference is that hair transplantation is a surgical solution while Hair Systems are a non-surgical intervention.

You should be aware that any type of surgery has risks. Hair transplants are no exception. In addition to bleeding and inflammation, there will be scarring of the skin but possible headaches and abnormal new hair growth. Due to infection, the patient may also experience partial loss or even sudden total loss of newly transplanted hair (known as shock loss).

When the operation is over, the appearance of the entire scalp is very unsightly and bloody. People face a long recovery period of about 6 to 12 months. Hair transplantation, therefore, is not an immediate solution.

The outcome and final appearance of a hair transplant is unknown. There is no way to give the patient a "mock test". He has to wait until the end of the process to see the result.

The success of a hair transplant, to a large extent, depends on the quality of the donor hair. If the hair is of poor quality, it may never achieve the desired look.

And as you all know, the cost of a serious hair transplant is very high and some people may not be able to pay these amounts outright. (We are not talking about the low-cost operations in Turkey or anywhere else that promise miracles, but about those that are extremely safe and all health protocols are followed so that the patient's life is not endangered.)

Say Yes to Hair Systems

Unlike hair transplants, you can get immediate results using MACO's hair replacement systems and be sure of the final result. Whether you suffer from hereditary alopecia, baldness or any other condition, using MACO Hair Systems can solve it all. With MACO Hair Systems our customers can choose any color, style, density, texture or length according to their preferences. After receiving your Systems, you can service them yourself or come to our premises.

Application products include special glue, double-sided tapes and head protectors. The procedure carries almost no risk. (A small percentage of customers may be allergic to some ingredients in the glue, but that's not a big deal, as anti-allergy glues are also available.)

The only disadvantages of hair systems are that they are not permanent and when damaged they will have to be replaced with new ones. Of course, because of this replacement which should be done about once a year you will have the benefits of a new hair system. In addition, don't forget that with hair systems you can change your haircut whenever you want.

Thus, due to their flexibility, the amazing result and the economical prices, hair replacement systems are becoming an increasingly attractive alternative.