Candidates for Hair Transplant Surgery
You may be a candidate for hair replacement surgery if you are concerned about the appearance of hairline recession or the development of balding or thinning of the hair.
Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head to serve as donor areas. Donor areas are the places on the head from which grafts and flaps are taken. Other factors, such as hair color, texture and waviness or curliness may also affect the cosmetic result. There are a number of techniques used in hair replacement surgery. Sometimes, two or more techniques are used to achieve the best results.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair replacement surgery using microfollicular grafting involves a team approach and is usually undertaken in the office setting. Donor hair is typically taken as a strip from the back of the head. The strip is then divided into several hundred grafts. These grafts are then inserted into tiny slits in the scalp, and must be placed in such a way that hair all grows in the same, natural direction. Hair follicles are transplanted to recipient sites in the same manner that hairs grow naturally. In other words, the natural grouping of hairs into follicular units is preserved. Individual follicular units are transplanted separately to restore the hairline or density to areas of concern. This technique produces a high rate of success and natural, undetectable results.
The procedure usually involves local anesthesia with sedation. The duration of the procedures ranges from a couple to several hours and depends upon the number of grafts transplanted.
After approximately six weeks, the transplanted hair will fall out and be replaced about three months later when the new hair grows in. Results are entirely apparent by 9-12 months. To achieve sufficient density, several sessions may be required. Transplantation is a progressive process requiring hundreds of micro-grafts, each of which will generally contain from one to three hairs grafted from a donor site located on back of the head.
Benefits of Hair Replacement Surgery
- Transplanted hair is permanent
- 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.
What happens during treatment?
Before the treatment, a doctor or medical assistant will assess your vitals to make sure treatment is viable for you. If it is, an IV will be inserted in your inner arm while you relax for about 45-90 minutes and watch a movie, read book, or even nap. You’ll be monitored during the entire treatment and your vitals will be reassessed at the end.