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Hair Transplants - The End of Baldness

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With cosmetic surgical procedures becoming increasingly cheap and accessible, having the appearance you've always wanted is no longer the vaunt of the young population. And since male pattern baldness is at the top of the list of things men would like to change about their looks, it's no wonder that the hair transplant is becoming one of the most popular solution to hair loss which appear to be mostly a hereditary problem.

Hair Transplant

A hair transplant is a cosmetic surgical procedure that attempts to permanently re-establish healthy growing hair in areas that have become bald. It is typically a procedure that is used to counter male pattern baldness, but can also be used in the event of hair loss due to scarring, for example on the beard area, or even the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair and to fill in the hairless scars caused by accidents, surgery or burns.

Method

Hair follicles are harvested from a donor area that has healthy, bald-resistance hair, and moved to the recipient area, where they are re-established in as natural a growing pattern as possible. The donor area is usually the back part of the head, where a strip of skin and hair can be removed, and the scar can be hidden in the natural creases of the scalp, and by re-growth of surrounding hair.

The strip is then cut into small tiny pieces, and re-grafted onto the recipient area. In an even more advanced procedure called follicular unit transplantation, individual follicle units are removed from the donor area rather than a strip, and the follicles, complete with as much of their glands and blood supply as possible, are individually grafted onto the bald area.

Either procedure ( strip harvesting or follicular unit grafting) is carried out under local anesthetic, and for male pattern baldness, an average of 2500 hair follicles are re-established in the recipient area per session. Depending on which procedure you opt for, the healing time varies between 1-2 weeks.

Procedure

There are two main procedures for transplanting; grafts harvesting or graft transplanting. Whichever one, the procedure is done under local anesthesia tumescent technique.

For several days prior to surgery the patience refrains from using any medicines which might result in intra-operative bleeding and resultant poor "take" of the grafts. Alcohol and smoking can contribute to poor graft survival. Post operative antibiotics are commonly prescribed to prevent wound or graft infections.

It involves about seven to eight hours. At the end a protective dressing is done which is removed after two days.

The recovery time is immediate and the pain negligible. It is pertinent to note that hair transplant operations are performed on an out patience basis

During the first six weeks, shafts of virtually all of the transplanted hairs will fall out leaving their bulbs behind. After two to three months new hair will begin to grow from the moved follicles. The patient's hair will grow normally, and continue to thicken through the next six to nine months.

The patience is advised to wash his head after six days and is also advised to wear a soft cap to avoid direct exposure to sunlight till the hair growth starts.



Hairfear - 11-23-2015




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