Hair Transplant

Hair transplant surgery is a treatment invented by scientists and dermatologists.

Hair transplant surgery was designed to help in hair regrowth by uprooting and redistributing active follicles to areas where hair no longer grows. This is done by means of “donor hair”  which is taken either from the actual patient or from another hair donor. In most cases donor hair is taken from the back of the scalp in the “horseshoe” area. This is the area of the scalp where hair is usually unaffected by pattern baldness. Recent studies are showing more instances of hair transplant surgery being performed using pubic hairs from the patients chest and beard area. Hair transplant surgery is popular, although risky, as it  has seen its share of success and failure. If performed by an extremely artistic surgeon, reconstruction of a natural looking hairline can be achieved, however  regrowth in the crown area has not been as successful. To increase your chances of success be sure to thoroughly research your surgeon. Only FDA approved hair hospitals are allowed to perform hair transplant surgery.

Hair transplant surgery  was originally designed for men with hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. This form of hereditary hair loss cannot be cured by other common hair loss treatments because it is not due to any known hormonal disorder in the body. These hair follicles are actually pre-programmed by the body to die prematurely. It is still unclear as to why this hair falls out and yet the horseshoe area remains full.

hereditary baldness

the stages of male pattern baldness

Hair transplant surgery can be performed in various ways depending on the surgeon.

The first step is removing small pieces of hair from a donor site and locating this hair in the bald area. This is known as grafts. Grafts are of different types like round-shaped grafts containing ten to fifteen hairs. The smaller graft contains around one or two hairs.

The next step before the treatment is done is, the donor area will be cut short in order to access and remove the graft. When grafts are removed from the donor area the surgeon will subsequently inject small quantity of sodium chloride solution in the scalp to have proper skin strength. The holes in the donor region will then be closed with stitches.

In order to maintain the circulation in the scalp, the grafts are removed are placed at one-eighth of an inch apart. The space that occurs between the hair removed site is filled with other grafts. Very special care must be taken in the removing and placement of grafts in order to make the hairs will grow in a natural direction. This in where an artistic touch is necessary to achieve a natural look.

The next procedure in hair transplant surgery is cleaning the scalp and covering it with gauze. A pressure bandage is usually worn for a day or two after the surgery. In some rare cases, a doctor will allow their patient to go bandage-free in order to have the surgery heal faster, although it more common to recommend these areas be covered so to protect against infection.

In cases where a hair transplant has successfully reconstructed the hairline , non-surgical hair replacement treatment is often applied to complete the full head of hair.

This works well as the integration can then be blended in with the new hairline to achieve a full, natural looking head of hair.