Non-Surgical Hair Restoration: Options for Thinning Hair

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There are many reasons why your hair may be thinning. For instance, you may be genetically predisposed to hair loss or have experienced some form of trauma to your scalp. You may even be suffering from an underlying medical condition that is causing this issue. Say’s Dr. Nadine Haddad suggests, whatever the cause, you’ll likely want to explore non-surgical methods for restoring your natural locks before going under the knife for a surgical hair restoration procedure—or before attempting a DIY fix that could lead to more problems down the road (such as skin infections).

Hair transplantation

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves removing hair from the back of your scalp and transplanting it to areas of thinning hair. It can be expensive, time consuming, and requires multiple sessions to achieve desired results.

It is important to note that there are two types of hair transplants: Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUT involves removing strips of skin from the back of your head where there is plenty of healthy donor tissue, then using those grafts as mini-scalpels to create new follicles in areas with baldness or thinning strands. During this process there may be some scarring around each graft site–but don’t worry! This will fade over time as your body heals itself naturally after surgery.

Scalp reduction surgery

Scalp reduction surgery, also known as hair transplantation, is a surgical procedure that involves removing bald or thinning areas of your scalp and moving healthy hair follicles from other parts of your body to the bald areas.

The procedure can be done in two ways: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In FUT, an incision is made at the back of the head where a strip of skin containing hair follicles is removed from its donor site and then transplanted onto balding areas. In FUE, individual grafts are extracted from their original locations using tiny punches with blades attached to them; these grafts are then transplanted into the desired location on your head using microsurgical techniques such as suturing or stapling them together with staples so there’s no scarring left behind after surgery is completed!

Hair plugs

Hair plugs are small grafts of your own hair that are implanted into balding areas. They can be harvested from the back of the head, or directly behind where you want them to be placed. Once transplanted, they will grow in naturally with time and make it appear as if you never had any thinning at all!

Hair plugs can also be harvested from the same donor area multiple times; this is known as ‘follicular unit transplantation’ (FUT). The donor area will become scarred over time due to its repeated use as an extraction site, but by harvesting only small amounts at a time, there should be no significant impact on its appearance or function during daily life activities such as exercise or swimming.*

Follicular unit extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a procedure that removes individual hair follicles from the scalp. It’s the most common hair transplant procedure, and it’s used to treat male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness and alopecia.

The goal of FUE is to create a natural-looking result without leaving scars or stitches on your head. During this operation, an experienced surgeon will use a small tool called an “extractor” to remove hair follicles from their roots in small groups known as “follicular units.”

You have options for thinning hair.

There are a number of options for thinning hair.

  • Hair transplantation: This procedure involves removing hair from the back of your head and grafting it to the balding area. The goal is to create an undetectable transition between your natural hairline and the transplanted section.
  • Scalp reduction surgery: Scalps that have become enlarged due to male pattern baldness or other causes may be reduced in size with this procedure. A surgeon removes excess tissue from the scalp, which reduces its diameter and allows more space between hairs so they don’t look crowded together on top of your head (also called “re-dressing” or “reversing” male pattern baldness).
  • Hair plugs: During this procedure, small amounts of artificial hair are inserted into holes drilled into a person’s scalp using tiny needles that penetrate through their own existing natural hair at various points along their heads’ circumference; these can be done individually or in groups depending on how much coverage is needed


Hair loss can be a difficult thing to deal with, and there are many options available for people who want to restore their hair. The key is finding the right one for your needs and lifestyle so that you can feel confident again!

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