What Exactly Is A Hair Transplant?
Well, here are some of the basics that you need to know before deciding whether this procedure is right for you…
A hair transplant is a procedure in which healthy hair is taken from the back or sides of the head (donor site), and placed in the balding area on the scalp.
Hair transplant surgery has undergone a recent revolution. Older, first generation hair transplants resulted in scarring, inconsistent results, and an unnatural appearance. Innovative hair transplants by Hasson & Wong, combine proven techniques that minimize scarring, maximize graft growth, and achieve natural results.
For the individual with sufficient donor hair, surgical hair restoration is the most effective and carefree answer to hair loss. In the past thirty years, over two million men and women have undergone hair transplant surgery.
A medical hair transplant involves using small grafts of naturally occurring hair bundles placed very closely and in large numbers. These grafts are obtained by dissecting the donor scalp under the stereoscopic dissecting microscope. During hair transplant surgery, the surgeon implants grafts with small incisions into the recipient scalp. When grown out, the hair grafts produce the most natural result possible of any hair transplant technique.
Hair Transplant MethodsHair restoration technology is continuously providing patients with better options for hair loss treatments. Transplants have come a long way since the 70’s and 80’s, when hair plugs were used to treat hair loss. These hair plugs consisted of grafts with about 15 to 25 hairs in each. These plugs gave the Hair Loss Treatment a very unnatural and obvious look.
Strip Incisions were traditionally used to transplant hair before more modern methods existed. The strip incision involves surgically removing strips of skin from the donor area, extracting the hair follicles, and then implanting them on the recipient area. While some surgeons are practicing more modern techniques in hair transplantation, this method of surgery is still effective and quite common.
The strip incision method has now been improved upon by micrografting. Surgeons are switching to this method because it doesn’t involve making any type of incision (scalpel-free). Hair follicles are extracted from the donor area using the micro grafting procedure and transplanted into the recipient area with ease.
The Follicular Unit Extraction method uses micrografting to achieve unbelievable results. This procedure involves the extraction of individual hair follicles from an area on the scalp, and reinsertion of the hair follicles into the hairline. This type of hair grafting surgery is usually performed using just a local anaesthetic.
- No scarring
- Faster healing time
- Less discomfort
- No incision
- No stitching
- No bandaging to keep hairs in place
- Mimics your own hair pattern
- More natural look
- Larger amount of grafts can be transplanted at one time resulting in fewer sessions
Mini-micrografting is similar to follicular unit extraction, with the main difference being that the graft size is determined by the doctor. He or she cuts the donor tissue into the size pieces that they see fit.
With the mini-micrografting procedure, surgeons use a multi-bladed knife to quickly generate thin strips of tissue and then use direct visualization (rather than microscopic control) to cut the tissue. The resulting grafts are generally larger than follicular units and since the excess skin is not trimmed away the donor sites (wounds) are also larger.
RisksMost of these problems are not serious, and are curable.
Be aware of the following risks : -
- Slow growth
- Pigmentary changes in skin
- Cysts and pimples
- Swelling around forehead and eyes
- Numbing of scalp
- Procedure is permanent. Once the transplant procedures are complete, there is no further necessity for surgery.
- Restores a natural, more youthful, and vigorous look, with potentially positive psychological effects, such as a boost in confidence.
- Less expensive than other hair-loss treatments, when factored over time. Other Considerations.
- Must have availability of healthy hair in donor areas of adequate density. May be combined with other surgical procedures in patients with larger areas of baldness.
- Time-consuming process that may require multiple sessions over 1 to 2 years.
- Procedure involves some degree of minor discomfort, bruising and swelling.
- There may be numbness around the donor or recipient site, which generally disappears within 2 to 3 months.
- Several days are required before normal activities can be resumed.
- Patient should not have unrealistic expectations about the nature and extent of transplanted hair growth. Individual hair characteristics, such as coarseness and curl, can affect the possible density of transplanted hair.
- Survival of transplanted hair is not always predictable.
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