Losing one’s hair isn’t just a cosmetic issue, but also takes an emotional toll. Some people who suffer from hair loss find that they feel less self-confident and attractive, which has a lasting effect on their romantic, personal, and even professional lives. Thankfully,
Thanks to advances in transplant technology, hair loss sufferers can opt to restore the look and feel of youth to their hair. Hair transplant surgery, also called hair restoration surgery, is a common procedure for those that are experiencing hair loss who meet certain candidate criteria. The surgery involves moving a small part of your scalp and transplanting the hairs from that area to an area with thinning hair. The surgeon begins by anesthetizing the scalp, then removing a strip of hair and skin from an area of the head where the loss will not be obvious.
Then hundreds or thousands of hairs are extracted from the strip and either chosen or discarded as a graft.
The treatment is not recommended for all kinds of hair loss sufferers, however: the best hair transplant candidates are those that have lost hair due to trauma, burns, or cosmetic procedures; men that have had male pattern baldness (MPB) for over five years; and men whose hair loss has stabilized. It’s not possible to keep hair loss at bay with a hair transplant – there is only so much hair that you can transplant, so if your hair loss has not peaked or plateaued, you will continue to lose hair after the surgery.
After the surgery, which takes several hours, most patients experience some tenderness or soreness on their scalp, which can be offset by medication as they heal. After about a week, patients remove their surgical dressings and resume their normal work and activities. A few weeks after the surgery, the hairs that were implanted will shed naturally, and in their stead, an average of 60% of the new hairs will begin to grow in the area over the course of six to nine months.