A Hair Transplant generally refers to the process of surgically removing a patch of permanent hair and transferring it to another area of balding skin. The hairs including the roots are removed through a series of surgical procedures. The healthy hair from the side and back portion of the scalp are transferred into the bald areas. Hair grows in follicles. These follicles contain strands of 1 to 4 hairs. A follicular unit is then relocated into punctures done by needles into the recipient area.
Hair Transplant is an effective and permanent solution for you who are experiencing hair loss. This is an advanced technology that can be utilized by those who want to improve their appearance.
A Hair Transplant can be performed during the early stages of hair loss or during its advanced stages of thinning.
Factors For Common Hair Loss
Hair loss is also known as: common baldness, male/female pattern baldness and diffuse hair loss. Most commonly, hair loss is pre-determined by our hormones and heredity. Genes play a big part in its occurrence.
However, there are other factors that contribute to hair loss. The changing seasons affect the way your body functions. Research has observed that you tend to lose the most hair during the months of November and December. This is when the hair reaches maturity in its cycle of growth.
Diet also affects hair loss. A poor diet will not nourish hair, especially in its growing stage. Pregnancy is also a reason why you lose hair. This is particularly expected during post-pregnancy hormone change. Another factor may be due to illness and included in this category are iron deficiency, thyroid problems, stress, and rapid and excessive weight loss.
In What Type Of Baldness Is Surgery Applicable?
Hair loss or baldness in men occurs primarily between the late teen-age and 40-50 year range. Male Pattern Baldness or MPB shows the following symptoms: receding hairline that leads to moderate or widespread loss especially on the crown. It will usually start at the temples, and will gradually recede. Eventually it will cause a “M” shape on your head. Baldness in males is commonly confined to a small area, not the entire scalp.
Female Pattern Baldness or FPB shows symptoms that differ from MPB. This hair loss in women is notable by observing that hair strands look flat and finer. You will also notice that hair is thinning on the crown or at the hairline.
Hair transplant is performed more often on men because men’s baldness is more localized. Female baldness is characterized by thinning hair all over the scalp. This makes it a little difficult to carry out transplants.
Application Of Anesthesia
Hair Transplant is a surgical procedure that uses local anesthetic. Initially you will go through mild discomfort due to the administration of anesthesia but only of a very short duration. Most patients can tolerate this.
The Donor Sites
In a hair transplant, the donor will also be your own scalp. The fact is, your body would reject any follicle, hair or tissue from other sources without the application of immune-suppressant drugs. You donate your own hair from what are called your donor sites.
The donor area is located either at the back or the sides of the scalp. This is where you get the patches of hair with their roots. This patch will be transferred to the recipient area. A recipient area means the bald or thinning area. This is where the local anesthetic will be applied. The patches that are relocated into the recipient area will supply the new hair growth.
This procedure is simple and will not consume a great deal of time. There will be a slight redness in the area but you will be fine. You will be home not long after the surgery. Have someone drive you after the procedure.
Hair transplantation is not for amateurs and must be carried out by a reputable physician who must also be assisted by experienced hair transplant technicians. You must be carefully evaluated with your present hair pattern to decide the best design for grafts. The surgeon should provide you with medically sound advice. You need careful assessment if a hair transplant is in your best interests. Moreover, you need to know the effects and realistic expectations of this procedure, before proceeding with the surgery. Seek a medical practitioner with proper medical standards.