Artificial Hair Implants. Biofibre®
In cases of thinning hair, we offer hair implantation as well as transplantation methods. We achieve best results for our patients by implanting Biofibre artificial hair. Hair loss can be due to combination of multiple factors such as ageing, hormonal changes, and a genetic history of baldness. The earlier hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness. It can also be the result of trauma or burns.
Biofibre Artificial Hair Implantation
Unlike transplantation, in which we take natural hair from the back of the head to make grafts, hair implantation is a method in which we cover the head with biocompatible fibers (Biofibre) to immediately achieve the desired appearance.
In transplantation cases, new hair grows about 4 to 6 months after surgery. In cases of improper technique, visible scars can occur and make further transplantation difficult.
Biofibre are the most advanced organic fibers, adapted for hair implantation. They have all necessary certificates based on the requirements of European Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices for implantation. Many clinical and histological studies confirm the effectiveness and safety of Biofibre for treating alopecia (baldness) in men and women.
Biofibers are soft, flexible, fine, and resistant to color change. The result is natural, immediate and aesthetic. For this purpose, Biofibre comes in a variety of 13 colors, 3 different lengths (15, 30 and 45cm), and three styles (straight, wavy or curly). Under appropriate selection and blending, these characteristics will satisfy almost all patient requirements. Of course, this artificial hair is washable and has a natural look.
The Biofibre hair implantation procedure is quick and painless, done under local anesthesia. The aesthetic result is immediate and patients leave the clinic rejuvenated, with brand new hair. 40-50 fibers per square centimeter create a natural density of hair. The average annual loss of fibers ranges from 5 to 20% and depends on the type of skin, hair and most importantly – patient skin care. The loss of fibers does not leave scars and we can repeat the thickening procedure at any time if necessary. Due to high surgical sterility, we do not have infections.
The sensation of movement of the implanted hair is the same as with natural hair. Patients describe the pleasure of the wind in their hair immediately after the procedure.
Hair Transplantation. Methods.
Transplantation of hair consists of resurfacing bald areas of the scalp with patient’s own hair (hair follicles). The follicles are taken from the back of the head and are transplanted to a new location, in the skin of the bald area. The number of grafts and the duration of transplant sessions depend on the degree of balding. Several sessions can be necessary.
One way of obtaining the hairs is to excise plugs of scalp from hair-bearing areas, containing groups of 2 to 4-5 hair roots for transplantation. This is an older method. More modern methods are:
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant technique in which we extract follicular units from a patient's bald resistant donor areas. We then transplant these hair follicular unit grafts into patient's balding areas.
Given the time consuming and tedious nature of this procedure, we are often cannot transplant more than 500 to 600 follicular unit grafts in one day, with a maximum of 2000 follicles. The cost per graft of FUE is also typically twice the cost of the standard follicular unit hair transplant procedure, in which we remove a strip of donor tissue from the back of the head and trim it under magnification into individual follicular unit grafts.
This is the removal of as much of the bald section as possible. The adjacent hair bearing areas of scalp are pulled in close to the bald section, with the understanding that some bald areas will remain. We repeat this technique one or more times at a later date to eventually reconstruct the bald area.
The surgeon places a device called "tissue expander" under a hair growth area, adjacent to a bald area. After several weeks, the tissue expander causes the skin to grow new skin cells. Then, another operation is necessary to place the newly expanded skin over the ajoining bald area.
Almost everyone believes that follicular units are the best size grafts for hair transplantation, but reality is a bit different. In our clinic, we use 3 sizes of grafts: single hair follicular units, follicular units with 2-3 hairs, and modified follicular units with 4-5 hairs. We use single hair follicular units mostly for the hairline, while follicular units could be the basic size for the rest of the grafts.
Ideal candidates for hair replacement must have a healthy growth of hair at the back and sides of the head. The hair on the back and sides of the head will be the donor sites, from where we will surgically remove the flaps and grafts.
To achieve the desired fullness, several surgical sessions are needed. There is a healing period of several months recommended between each session. The final result with a full transplant series may take up to 2 years.
A month or two after surgery, the grafted hair falls out (which is normal and temporary). It takes another month or more before hair growth starts. To create more natural-looking results, a surgical touch-up procedure may be necessary.