According to the American AHLA, hair loss is a very common condition that can cause negative feelings for a person, such as stress and affliction. Unfortunately, hair loss affects approximately 50% of women and, for men, this percentage is higher. In fact, statistics show that at least 40% of men have experienced hair loss at the age of 35 and 80% of them by the age of 80.
Hair loss may have different causes, such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, menopause, hormonal disorders, among others. So, when the underlying disease is treated, hair loss decreases. But, in most cases, hair loss does not have an apparent cause and it is more difficult to treat.
In those cases when hair loss does not have an apparent cause, the patient must visit a doctor to determine the best way of treatment for his/her condition. According to the severity of the baldness, some people can experience a proper improvement of the problem with home remedies or medical treatments. However, other people may need to undergo more specific and invasive treatments, such as a hair transplant to obtain the desired results.
What is a Hair Transplant or hair transplantation?
Hair transplant is defined as a type of cosmetic surgery that consists in using grafts to fill some areas of the scalp with thin or no hair. In a traditional hair transplant, the doctor will obtain the grafts from other areas of the patient’s scalp (or chin) with a proper amount of hair that can be used as donors.
It is important to know that the hair loss pattern is different in women and men. So, the hair loss transplant will be different according to the hair loss pattern that the patient has. For example, in most women the hair loss pattern includes the presence of thin hair in the central area of the scalp, while in men there have been described different patterns of baldness that include a receding hairline and thinning hair around the crown area.
The areas of the scalp used as hair donors, usually include the sides and back of the head because they are less affected by hair loss. The experts say that it may be due to the fact that the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) affects those particular scalp areas to a lesser extent.
How many grafts must be used in a Hair Transplant?
It is important to know that there is no such thing as a constant or ideal number of hair grafts to perform a hair transplant. In all cases, the number of grafts that will be used is decided between the surgeon and the patient according to the patient's needs and the areas that must be covered with the procedure. In fact, deciding the ideal number of hair grafts is so difficult that experts have developed different systems to determine the amount of hair grafts that may be needed for a patient.
Among the most common systems to determine the number of grafts, the Norwood Classification system can be included. Remember that only a qualified surgeon can help a person to decide the number of suitable grafts for his/her particular needs in order to obtain a natural and beautiful result.
How is a hair transplant performed?
It is important to know that a hair transplant is usually performed as an outgoing surgery in the plastic surgeon's office. Once the patient's scalp has been properly cleaned and numbed with local anesthesia, the plastic surgeon starts to obtain the grafts from the donor areas to later place them in the receiving area.
The surgeon can choose between 2 common methods called follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS or FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE), but in both cases, he/she uses a special needle to move the hair follicles without causing any damage to the hair structure.
The plastic surgeon decides which method is the best for each patient according to the distribution of the hair in the donor site and the hair characteristics. The patient can also decide which method he/she prefers, but in any case, he/she does not feel any pain during the procedure.
What is Biofibre Hair Implant or artificial synthetic bio compatible hair?
Biofibre hair implant can be defined as a minor surgical procedure that can be used to treat hair loss in many different types of persons by using artificial hair grafts fully compatible with the scalp. It is also considered a safe and effective treatment for baldness that allows the doctor to provide a long-lasting and aesthetic result.
Biofibre hair implant consists in placing a high quantity of artificial hairs in the scalp (as many as needed) in a short time to cover the bald areas or increase the hair thickening.
What are the advantages of undergoing a Biofibre hair implant?
An important advantage of Biofibre hair implant over traditional hair transplant is that Biofibre can be used in people who have an advanced level of hair loss and the amount of hair that can be used as a graft is minimal, so they will not get good results with a traditional hair transplant procedure. Likewise, using Biofibre the person will obtain immediate results because, in this case, the transplanted hairs do not fall to grow later. You avoid then to wait that through a standard hair transplantation with FUE or FUT that your grafts become real hair within some months.
The experts say that Biofibre hair implant has also the advantage of being an excellent option for those people who have a mild hair loss and just wish to recover a fuller and thicker-looking hair before more advanced stages.
Another important advantage of Biofibre treatment is that anyone is a good candidate for the procedure. This is due to the fact that a person can choose as many or as few hair implants as needed to obtain different degrees of hair thickness, and it can be used in both women and men.
Likewise, an important advantage of Biofibre is the fact that surgeons usually perform a test spot before the surgery to ensure a full compatibility between the hair implant and the patient. So, there are no adverse reactions or incompatibility problems.
Biofibre hair transplant also has the advantage that surgeons can ensure providing natural results for the patient. Likewise, the surgeon and the patient must decide which is the best type and texture of hair for the patient. Finally, in the rare case that the patient is not satisfied with the results of the procedure, the process is completely reversible, so the patient can recover his/her previous aspect.
Can I choose the color of my Biofibre?
Yes you can choose among 13 different colors and 4 types (straight, wave, curly or afro).
If you are not satisfied with the color, you can order a special one in advance with your hair loss clinic. You should also note that they can be dyed as this bio compatible fibre can be paint.
What are the disadvantages of Biofibre Hair Implant?
One of the main disadvantages of Biofibre hair implant is the fact that, as implanted hair is a foreign material, the body usually fights against it. This occurs because the skin is the main barrier against external damages (scalp in this case), it is always active and no matter how well these fibers are built or how bio-compatible they are, the patient's skin cells and immune system will try to get rid of them.
Another important disadvantage of Biofibre hair implant is the fact that as the surgeon must perform a tiny hole on the scalp to later anchor the implant with a knot on the deep scalp fascia, the incision acts as a connection between the skin and deeper layers, so the patient can develop a severe infection.
Another disadvantage of Biofibre hair implant is that the patient usually loses between 5 and 10% of the transplanted fibers per year because they tend to get broken and, as they do not grow up, they need to be replaced with a new surgical procedure.
It is also important to highlight that a disadvantage of performing a second procedure of Biofibre hair implant is that even when the fibers break, the knot remains under the skin, so the surgeon can’t use the exact same place to put a new artificial hair. Finally, another disadvantage of this procedure is the fact that the patient can develop tiny scars that will be permanent.
How is Biofibre Hair Implant performed?
The Biofibre Hair Implant is usually performed by using local anesthesia to place artificial hair into the patient's head without pain. It is important to know that this procedure is a less invasive surgical procedure than traditional hair transplant because it doesn't require removing some areas of the scalp that will be used as donors, so the surgeon must perform minimal incisions just in the receiving areas.
How must I choose the best Biofibre Implant hair for me?
It is difficult to choose the best type of Biofibre for each person because there are available different lengths, colors and types of synthetic hair. About the length, Biofibre implants are available in different lengths, from 15 cm to 45 cm. Likewise, they are available in different forms like straight, wavy, curly and afro to meet all the patients' expectations and desires.
The person must also choose the best Biofibre hair implant color to match with the natural hairs. Biofibre hair is available in 13 colors and white, so the surgeon can satisfy all the patients and achieve an aesthetic result that is totally natural and undetectable.
It is also important to highlight that, in addition, the patient can ask for personalized and special colors if needed and the patient must also know that Biofibre hair implants can be tinted (without ammonia) if desired.
Remember that only a qualified doctor can help you to decide what is the best Biofibre type for you to achieve the best results and the amount of implants needed.
How much does a Biofibre hair implant treatment cost?
The cost of a hair transplant will widely vary according to the type of transplant that must be performed, the number and type of grafts that will be used, the number of sessions that will be needed, the patient's desires and general health condition, the doctor's expertise in this kind of procedures, the type of anesthesia that will be used during the procedure, among others. For example, Biofibre Hair Implant is more expensive than current hair transplantation treatments because it uses hair implants instead of grafts from the patient’s own hair. The cost of Biofibre depends on the desired length, 16cm, 30cm or 45cm but not the color. It will depends on the number of desired hair: as you book a hair transplantation with a specialized team together with a consultation, the more hair you need the less expensive it will be per hair. Usual ranges of Biofibre are 1000 hair, between 2000 and 3000 and above 3000.
Please note that it is generally not recommended to have more than 3000 hair.
At last the final price will depend on the country where it is performed. For instance some countries are 4 times less expensives than others.