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Hair Transplanting

Hair transplant surgery involves relocating (transplanting/grafting/restoring/replacement) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top and front of the head. Hair transplantation/grafting/restoration/replacement is looks very natural. Women experience some degree of hair loss usually caused by aging, illness, or hormonal changes after menopause. Men can lose hair due to stress, dandruff, genetic reasons.Women tend to experience a subtle thinning all over the scalp rather than losing hair in patches as is common in men. Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head to serve as donor areas. Donor areas are the places on the head from which grafts and flaps are taken. Other factors, such as hair color, texture and waviness or curliness may also affect the cosmetic result.

Transplant techniques, such as punch grafts, mini-grafts, micro-grafts, slit grafts, and strip grafts are generally performed on patients who desire a more modest change in hair fullness. Flaps, tissue-expansion and scalp-reduction are procedures that are usually more appropriate for patients who desire a more dramatic change.

 

Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts from a donor site and relocating them to a bald or thinning area. Grafts differ by size and shape. Round-shaped punch grafts usually contain about 10-15 hairs. The much smaller mini-graft contains about two to four hairs; and the micro-graft, one to two hairs. Slit grafts, which are inserted into slits created in the scalp, contain about four to10 hairs each; strip grafts are long and thin and contain 30-40 hairs.

Hair replacement surgery is normally safe when performed by a qualified, experienced physician. Medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars, should also be checked by your doctor. If you smoke, it's especially important to stop at least a week or two before surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with healing.

Hair replacement surgery, no matter what technique is used, is usually performed using a local anesthesia along with sedation to make you relaxed and comfortable.

 

Many patients who have had transplants (plugs or other grafts) are dismayed to find that their "new" hair falls out within six weeks after surgery. Remember, this condition is normal and almost always temporary. After hair falls out, it will take another five to six weeks before hair growth resumes. You can expect about a half-inch of growth per month. Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair.

The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patients transplanted hair will be fully mature. The hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, These transplanted hair follicles will continue to grow hair for a life time.

 

Hair replacement surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but the results won't necessarily match your ideal. You should discuss your expectations with your surgeon and follow his instructions carefully.

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