For patients that suffer from hair loss, hair transplantation can be a life-changing procedure. Hair transplant surgery restores naturally growing hair to areas that are thinning or bald. In addition to scalp hair restoration, hair transplant can be used in many different areas of the body, as well.
Some patients worry about differing reviews about hair transplant, but most are happy with the results. The effect of the procedure is not only aesthetic, but also emotional, granting many patients increased confidence and self-assurance.
Hair transplantation involves removing permanent hair-bearing skin from the back and/or sides of the scalp (donor area).
After that, we will be using tissue magnification and dissect the sample into micro grafts (containing 1–3 hairs).
These small grafts are then meticulously planted into the bald or thinning area of the scalp (recipient area), so we try not to injure any follicles already existing in the area and at the same exact angle as the other hairs present.
The creation of very small follicular unit grafts enables the hair surgeon to create very natural, feathered hairlines, which do not have the abrupt, "pluggy look" that was commonly seen in hair transplant.
We prefer to transplant exclusively with follicular unit grafts, while others feel that placing the multi-follicular unit grafts into the central areas of the scalp allows them to better create central density.
Depending on the degree of balding in the frontal, mid-scalp, and vertex (crown) areas, usually 2–3 procedures are performed, with the number of grafts used varying tremendously, based on the area of potential alopecia, hair transplant surgery today is remarkably well tolerated. Within 24 hours small crusts will form on each graft that are then shed in approximately 4–14 days.
The grafted hairs will often start to grow by 10–16 weeks after the procedure and will continue to grow for most, if not all, of the patients Life.
Hair transplantation surgery is considered to be "minor, out-patient surgery." Hair transplant procedures can take from 4–8 hours and are usually performed using local Anesthesia, often with some oral or medication for sedation.
The donor areas, where the grafts have been harvested, are usually closed with sutures, except in the Follicular Unit Extraction technique, which does not require surgical closure. These are usually removed in 7–14 days. Dissolvable sutures may occasionally be used in order to eliminate the need for you to return for suture removal.
The recipient sites, where the grafts are placed on top, are essentially small, superficial needle holes or slits in the skin of the scalp.
The surgeon should be willing to discuss with you the pros and cons of the various methods of both donors harvesting and transplanting the grafts.
At the end of the procedure, either a very light dressing is applied, or, in many cases, the doctor will have you stay for brief observation and then allow you to leave with no dressing whatsoever.
At the end of the procedure, surgeon usually checks the final placement of the grafts, and the doctor or an assistant then explains the postoperative instructions, which are usually supplied in written form as well.
Schematic of procedure