Hair Restoration and Transplant Training
The aesthetics industry is seeing an ever growing number of areas of the face and body that can be improved with low-invasive treatments. Hair loss is possibly one of the most distressing signs of ageing so it is no wonder that a procedure becoming so heavily in demand is hair restoration. Advancing technology and improved skills means that people are experiencing truly amazing results with little risk, discomfort or down time.
The term “restoration” is given to the consumer need to treat balding areas of the scalp and it can also apply to the face such as beards and eyebrows. In the research to “cure” balding in both men and women many approaches have been explored from hormonal therapies to topical lotions, to stitching (or knitting) dead hair, to surgery. But it is really the latter option that offers the safest and most reliable solution to long term, natural looking hair.
If you are considering training in this area of aesthetics you will need to get a full understanding of the different types of restoration or transplant procedures and what is the best option for your patient’s hair loss problem.
Background on the Two Main Procedures
The two main procedures that are emerging as the most successful are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). They are both essentially a form of transplant from existing hair follicles but there are significant differences. The most important factor in both methods is keeping the hair follicle unit healthy and intact.
FUE takes singular or small clusters of follicles from an area of strong healthy hair which is then prepared for transplant in the balding area. This process requires superb skills by the surgeon and can even be conducted by doctor-directed robotics technology.
FUT involves the removal of an area of skin with a crop of healthy hair. Also known as a graft, this harvesting-style method is similar to laying grass turfs for an even lawn! The downside to this practice is the risk of scarring.
What people are finding so good about these two ways of hair restoration is that the hair follicles behave as they would have in their previous location. This means that the results are long lasting and they may not experience repeated hair loss in the recovered area until they become very old or their genetic chances are complete and rapid balding at a young age.
At Medical and Aesthetics Training, we can train you in both FUE and FUT procedures. Our training standards and government-aligned courses are designed to educate and equip you with all elements of practicing in this field of aesthetics. As a healthcare professional your qualifications, experience and skills are perfectly suited to expanding your portfolio of services. At MATA we understand this and wish to match your current expertise with commercial opportunities via reliable, gold-standard training programmes.
Courses offered/ Course content
Both FUT and FUE training courses are comprised of three modules:
- Theoretical training – via a self-paced online portal with interactive learning and examination.
- Tutorial sessions with demonstrations
- Hands-on practical sessions
There will be an assessment at the end of these last two sessions and provided the tutor is happy with the knowledge and skills demonstration, an Ofqual-recognised certificate will be awarded.
The FUT and FUE Course content:
- The evolution of surgical hair restoration
- Patient care and well-being
- Understanding the role of a hair transplant technician
- Medications required, pre and post-op
- Post-operation care
Specific surgical practices:
- Uncomplicated patient consultation/selection for surgery
- Complicated patient consultation/selection for surgery (eg. scar reconstruction or revision hair transplant)
- Hair line design
- Strip FUT harvest (incision, dissection and closure)
- Strip FUT slivering
- Graft cutting
- Incision making
- Graft Placing (forceps and implanter)
- Follicular Unit Extraction (manual non-motorised and manual mechanised)
- Incision making (intact)
- Follicular Unit Extraction graft extraction
Who is the Course for?
All healthcare professionals trained and qualified to Level 6 in a medical degree are ideal candidates for the FUT and FUE courses. Typically this might be doctors.
Your career will benefit from training and qualifying in this area, and you might wish to consider HRS as an area of expertise by focusing most of your practice’s procedures on this type of treatment. The research on consumer demand is showing how the demand for these newer and highly successful methods to treat hair loss will bring business opportunities for qualified and skill health care professionals. Around 40% of males experiencing noticeable hair loss by age 35 you can see how the demand is rising. Whether you are already practicing in the aesthetics industry or considering a move away from public or essential health care this new world of hair restoration looks set to be a very promising path.
Our training centre is based in the heart of Britain’s centre of medical excellence. Set in London’s Harley Street, MATA Courses are perfectly located to award you in your training for HRS.
Coming soon in 2017!