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Hair transplant is the perfect solution for people who suffer from hair loss and want a permanent solution to their woes. For many people, hair loss is a very embarrassing problem that can severely affect one’s self confidence. Fortunately, their is such a procedure to help regain hair in an area where hair has been lost – head, eyebrows, chest hair etc. Hair transplant is a surgery to transplant hair follicles from a donor part of the body to a recipient (balding) site of the body.
The traditional method of hair transplantation is by removing a strip of scalp. With advancement of technology, the modern method will be to transplant naturally occurring follicular units in their natural groupings in a process called follicular unit transplantation.
Who is suitable for this procedure?
The consultation with the plastic surgeon should tell you if you are a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery. This procedure is very suitable for people with receding hairline and bald patches, rather than for the entirely bald. This is because it might be quite difficult to find enough hair on the body to create the necessary effect.
What is the procedure like?
There are two hair transplant methods – strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both methods will be done with the help of anesthesia so as to minimise discomfort to the patient.
In strip harvesting, a strip of your scalp is removed from an area of good hair growth and is then cut up into individual follicular units, or grafts. These grafts will then carefully placed, one by one, into the area where you want the hair to grow. It is done by using small micro blades to puncture the site receiving the graft, where the graft will then be placed into these puncture holes in a realistic hair pattern.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
For the modern technique of follicular unit extraction, individual follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs are removed under local anesthesia using a micro punch. The surgeon will then use a small micro blade to puncture the site that will be receiving the graft and placing the follicular units into these holes in a realistic hair pattern.
The advantage FUE has over strip harvesting is that there is no need for a large area of the scalp to be harvested, and also it will not leave a larger scar. For FUE, because only individual follicles are removed, this results in only small puncture scars which will basically be not visible, and recovery time will also be much shorter.
However, the disadvantage of FUE is that the surgery time is longer and also cost will be higher due to the fact that individual follicular units need to be carefully taken out.
How should I care post operation?
For the strip harvesting option, the wound at the back of the scalp will be in dressing and it is important to change this daily. You will need to shield the area where the new follicles have been placed from the sun for the first few days after surgery. There is also likely to have swelling, and it will be good to wear a hat to protect the area.
Depending on the surgeon, shampooing is started two days to a week post surgery. During the first 10 days, shock loss takes place and most of the transplanted hair will fall out, inevitably shocked by their relocation. After a few months, new fair will then begin to grow from the moved follicles.
Factors to consider
Some of the factors to consider for hair transplant is first of all the cost. The cost can be quite extensive, especially for a major hair loss situation. Also, as with all cosmetic procedures, the exprience of the plastic surgery doctor is very important, so do not be afraid to ask the doctor to share with you more about the surgeries he has performed, as well as the results from those surgeries.
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