Hair transplantation

A hair transplant basically is a surgical procedure done to improve baldness. During a hair transplant, hairs are moved from an area of thick growth to bald areas. Hair transplants are generally done by doctors. When undergoing a hair transplant you will receive a local anesthesia to numb the scalp, alternatively you can be administered with medicine to relax you. Your scalp will then be thoroughly cleaned. A strip of your hairy scalp is removed using a scalpel and set aside. The area of your scalp that is removed is called the donor area. The scalp is then closed using tiny stitches. Small groups of hairs or individual hairs are carefully separated out from the removed scalp. The bald areas that will receive these healthy hairs are cleaned. These areas of your scalp are called the recipient areas. Tiny cuts are made in the bald area. Healthy hairs are carefully placed in the cuts. During a single treatment session, hundreds or even thousands of hairs may be transplanted. Follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT) is a method of hair transplant. Follicular units are hair groupings as they occur naturally in the scalp typically containing 1, 2, 3 and 4 hairs. This method has replaced mini grafting (more than one follicular unit typically in groups of 2 to 8 hairs) as the dominant surgical hair restoration procedure in the late 1990s. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and strip excision are two distinct sub-types of FUT that deal with how follicular unit grafts are harvested from the donor area. The standard strip excision method involves surgically removing a strip of scalp from the bald resistant donor area of the patient. The donor area is then stitched together. The stitches are then removed about ten days after surgery.

Hair transplant is usually done to those with baldness condition in order for them to have an improved appearance and also help them in boosting their self-confidence. This procedure does not create new hair rather it only moves the hair you already have to the areas that are bald. Majority of the people who do a hair transplant are those with either male or female pattern baldness. You must however have thick hair on the back or sides of the scalp to have enough hair follicles to move.

Those with hair loss from lupus, injuries, or other medical problems can be treated with a hair transplant. Hair transplant procedure however has risks. There are risks like for example bleeding, and infection. It also comes with some disadvantages like having unnatural-looking tufts of new hair growth. There is a possibility that the transplanted hair may not look as good as natural hair looks like. Hair transplant patients have to be healthy for the surgery to be safely performed on them. One is advised to first discuss the risks involved in the procedure with their doctor before undergoing the procedure. After the surgery has been performed on you, you will have to take antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medicines. The replaced hairs are usually permanent and no long term care is necessary.