Hair Transplant Surgery Exposed
Medical advances enable state of the art techniques to be used to give hope to men and women suffering from hair loss. Hair restoration via transplant surgery is one such option that some may wish to explore.
Hair transplant procedure
The process would typically involve an antiseptic wash as the first step, which then would be followed by the surgeon marking on the head the proposed area to work on. The surgeons will then take a piece of scalp from the back of the head where the hair is genetically resistant to balding. During the procedure you will typically feel a little tugging and pulling while the process is taking place and this will sound a little like velcro.
The surgical team harvest follicles from the piece of scalp that they took from the back of the patients head (the donor site), and then they separate them and subsequently replant them in the appropriate areas of the thinning scalp (the recipient site).
The procedure is generally a day long procedure that takes a team typically around 30 hours to complete.
Do hair transplants work?
Although hair transplants are an effective means of filling in the thin areas on the scalp, hair transplants do not stop the on-going hair loss in the untreated follicles, so a multi-therapy approach is typically recommended for hair restoration, which may also include the use of Propecia, Rogaine and/or laser therapy.
Laser hair therapy is attractive for women in particular since they are unable to use Propecia as it is for men only, and they also tend not to bald in one spot as they typically thin all over. The HairMax LaserComb is the first drug free treatment to fight baldness ever cleared by the FDA.
Hair transplant side effects
A common side effect experienced after hair restoration surgery is temporary hair thinning or bald patches. Swelling in the scalp is also a common side effect reported. If the scalp begins to itch then scratching the head will exacerbate the wounded area.
Since hair transplants do not stop the on-going hair loss in the untreated hairs, later down the road if more hair loss is experienced then the transplanted area will stay in place while the hair in the surrounding area is lost and this would result in strange patches of hair. In this case the only option would be to remove the hair or have more hair restoration surgery to fill in the surrounding area.