When we look at our hair follicles at a microscopic level it is found to be a very fascinating miniscule dynamic organ, which sets it apart from all the other tissue based organs in our body.
Hair Cycle - Different stages of Hair Growth
The first part of the Hair Cycle. It is the Hair Growth phase. It ideally lasts about 2-7 years. Duration of the Anagen Phase determines the maximum length of the person's hair. About 80-90% of the Hair follicles are in this phase at any given point.
This short transition phase lasts only for about two to three weeks. At this point, the hair stops growing, and detaches itself from the blood supply. It becomes what is known as, Club Hair.
This is the resting phase, where the Club Hair rests, while new hair starts growing beneath it. This new hair will eventually take the place of the Club Hair. About 10-15% of the hair strands are at this phase at any given moment.
This is the last phase of the Hair Cycle, where the resting Club Hair detaches and falls out. Every hair eventually sheds.
It is considered normal to lose about 50-150 strands of hair per day.
What is Hair Transplantation?
When a surgical procedure is conducted in order to improve baldness in specific part of the body, or to stimulate hair growth, it is known as Hair Transplantation.
Hair Follicles are relocated from the "Donor Site' which happens to be an area of dense growth to the 'recipient site', which is the balding portion. Hair Transplantation is usually used to treat Male pattern Baldness.
This modern and minimally invasive procedure utilizes Grafts which comprises of Hair Follicles that are created to be genetically resistant to balding. It is usually assumed that a transplant is only done for a balding scalp. But this is not true. A transplant can be done even to restore Beard Hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic hair, chest hair, and sometimes to fill up scars caused by previous surgeries.
Naturally growing hair occurs in units, ie , in groups of 1-4. The modern and progressive transplanting techniques have made it possible to acquire these units, which thereby aid in obtaining a natural appearance to the Transplanted Hair.
These two are usually considered similar procedures, except they aren't. Skin Grafting is different from Hair Transplantation, as, a grafting procedure consists of nearly every dermis and epidermis that is situated around the specific Hair Follicle. Thus in Hair Transplantation, multiple tiny grafts are transplanted instead of a single strip of skin.