Hair loss is something that can affect both men and women at different life stages and ages.
A hair transplant is a procedure in which a plastic or dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. This procedure typically occurs under local anesthesia.
Hair transplantation can also be used to restore eyebrows, eyelashes, beard hair, chest hair, and pubic hair and to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face-lifts and previous hair transplants.
Pattern baldness is responsible for the majority of hair loss. This comes down to genetics. The remaining cases are due to various factors, including:
- Hormonal imbalance
Usually, to find out why one experiences hair loss, a blood test should be done. This can check for things going on in the body that may be causing hair loss. Some patients need a procedure called a scalp biopsy. The dermatologist will quickly and easily take what is needed for the scalp biopsy during the consultation.
Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence. Good candidates for a hair transplant include:
- Enough healthy hair on the scalp that can be transplanted to the area that needs hair
- The ability to grow hair on the thinning area of the scalp
- Men with male pattern baldness
- Women with thinning hair
- Anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury
Hair replacement isn’t a good option for:
- People who don’t have enough “donor” hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
- Women with a widespread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
- People who form keloid scars which are thick, fibrous scars after injury or surgery
- People whose hair loss is due to medication such as chemotherapy
Today it’s possible to have natural-looking results. With the advancement in technology, surgeons are able to transplant healthy hair few a time, unlike the hair plugs which were placed in thinning areas in the 20th century. These improvements in creating the hairline and placing the hairs in the thinning areas also help create natural-looking results. Hair transplants are most commonly performed on the scalp but with the recent technology known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) This is a suture less method of hair restoration in which hair follicles are extracted from the back of head under local anesthesia with the help of special micropunches and implanted in the bald area. It can also be done elsewhere on the body where hair is thin or absent. FUE can be done on your arms, legs, and even your genital area.
Wondering how the procedure works. Here are the steps.
The surgeon will shave down the hair or trim it to 1–2 mm length. This will be the donor area where follicles will be removed. as well as around the transplant area.
Using a micropunch tool, the grafts will be extracted from the skin with the help of 0.8 and 1 mm special micropunches. The extraction of follicles is done under 2.5 – 5× magnification.
The extracted graft may consist of 1 to 4 or rarely even 5 or 6 hairs. This is the most time consuming and tedious part of the whole procedure.
The surgeon will then make a series of tiny incisions with a needle or other small, sharp tool where the extracted follicles will be inserted.
The hair follicles will then be inserted into the balding parts of the scalp in a pattern that looks natural.
Last, the surgeon will clean and bandage the area for recovery.
A few aftercare instructions that are to be followed:
- Don’t wash the hair or shower for at least 3 days.
- Don’t comb or brush your new hair for at least 3 weeks.
- Use gentle, unscented shampoos for a few weeks once you start washing the hair.
- Don’t cover the area by wearing any hats, caps, or other clothing that goes over the head until your dermatologist gives the clear signal.
- Take few days off work to help speed up healing process.
- Don’t do any strenuous physical activity for at least a week.
Within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out, but new hair growth will be noticeable. Most people will see 60% of new hair growth after 3 to 4 months.
To get the best results from a hair transplant, the dermatologist may recommend a medicine that treats hair loss. Medications help because hair loss and thinning can continue, even after a hair transplant.
Thus, medications can prevent or slow down new hair loss and thinning. By doing that, one can keep their natural-looking results for years to come.
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