Description

Aging, heredity, and oversensitivity to testosterone (in males) are some of the common factors leading to baldness. Hair transplant surgery can potentially improve the lives of the many people who may feel embarrassed and frustrated with having noticeable baldness. This cosmetic procedure surgically restores hair to the scalp, which dramatically improves the appearance of hair; it involves removing hair from the back and/or sides of the hair and transferring it to the balding areas. Hair transplantation can also provide successful results for women.

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Length

Approximately between 4 to 6 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure (per treatment session.)

Side Effects

Headaches (due to tugging and manipulation of scalp area), scabbing, minimal bleeding, numbness or scalp tenderness, and swelling around forehead and eye area

Recovery

Mild to moderate discomfort controlled by medication; sutures from donor area removed in about 2 weeks. Patients should be able to resume daily routines right away, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks. Shampooing the hair can be resumed after 24 hours. Back to work: about 2 days.

Risks

Scarring; permanent numbness; infection (rare)

Results

Permanent; significantly improved hair growth several months after surgery and in order to obtain and maintain optimal results, more than one treatment session may be required. (The number of the sessions will depend on the 1) area of scalp treated 2) the number and size of grafts used and 3 )the density which the patient desires 4) the individual characteristics of the patient, e.g. coarse hair will provide a more dense look than fine hair. The estimate of the number of sessions can be discussed during the consultation with your surgeon.)

 

Technology

The hair transplant procedure relocates hair follicles from the donor site to the balding areas of the scalp. (Before the doctor does this, he or she will numb the donor site.) A portion of this area is then removed with a scalpel and the cut scalp is sewn together. Individual sections of hairs, which are known as “follicular units” and “micro grafts,” are extracted from the removed piece of scalp using a magnifying lens and sharp blade. Tiny holes are made in the area that will receive the hair and the donor hairs are carefully

Patient Status

Outpatient -

Anesthesia

Local

 

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