Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Have you considered a hair transplant?

Let’s face it, we all lose some of our hair as we age, and some of us lose most or all of it. The earlier the loss begins, the more extensive the loss. For some people, this is so traumatic that they are willing to do almost anything to get their hair back. In the past, this has not been very realistic; however, hair replacement has become a viable choice in recent years. Just what is it, and how do you go about choosing this option?

Hair Transplantation

Small pieces of scalp that are growing hair are removed and relocated to the bald or thinning areas. These grafts may be as small as one or two hairs or as large as thirty to forty. The site has been prepared with a slit in the scalp into which the transplant is placed. More often than not, several sessions are required and the time between sessions will probably be several months to allow for healing. Color and texture of hair determines how many transplants you will need. About fifty transplants will be done in a session. However, if the transplants are small ones, there may be as many as 700. The graft sites are usually closed with stitches.

Flap surgery is also sometimes used for the transplanting procedure. A portion of bald scalp is surgically removed and a “flap” of scalp that has hair is used to cover the area. The “flap” will remain attached at one end so that it still uses its own blood supply. Hair will usually cover the scar that is left. In recent years, transplantation and flap surgery are being combined to achieve the best results.

Anesthesia for these procedures is typically local along with some relaxation sedation, and the procedures are usually performed in an outpatient setting.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing Surgery:

Plastic surgeons usually perform this procedure.

How many procedures has the surgeon performed and what kind (flap, replacement, etc.)

What are your expectations? Discuss these with your doctor.

Do you have any medical conditions that might complicate this surgery?

What is your surgeon’s plan for your procedure?

What do you need to do to get ready for the surgery? If you smoke, you will need to stop at least two weeks ahead of time.

Where will it be done?

Who will come with you to see that you get home safely?
Post-Op

Pain should be minimal, but you will need some pain medication, which should be prescribed by your doctor. You will need to go in a day or two later to have bandages removed and then go back in about ten days to have stitches removed. You will be instructed to avoid vigorous exercise for about a month. You’ll probably need to go back in for routine examinations of the site several times in the first month.

The Risks

While surgery is the most permanent solution, it is costly; and as with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Sometimes the hair follicles will not be healthy over the long run. Ask questions before making the leap. Try to find others who have had the procedure. Some of your doctor’s other transplant patients might be willing to talk to you.

If you are not currently satisfied with your current hair re-growth treatment plan, consider the benefits of hair replacement therapy.

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1 comment:

dr.williams said...

Depression and extreme stress are identified as the common causes of hair loss and altogether inadequate hair care, tumors, diseases like seborrheic dermatitis and hypothyroidism, malnutrition et al are certain other factors that contribute to hair loss in both men and women.