Hair Loss & Hair Restoration Surgery
Posted on 9th March 2023 at 12:16
Information About Hair Loss & Hair Transplant Treatments
Hair loss can be a frustrating and distressing experience for many people. Fortunately, hair transplant surgery can help restore lost hair and provide a permanent solution to hair loss. In this article, we'll explore what hair transplant surgery involves and what patients can expect from the procedure.
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that involves removing hair follicles from one part of the body, known as the "donor site," and transplanting them to a bald or balding area, known as the "recipient site." This technique is commonly used to treat male pattern baldness, but it can also be used to restore hair on other parts of the body, such as the eyebrows, beard, and chest, or to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery.
Modern hair transplantation techniques aim to achieve a natural appearance by mimicking the original hair orientation. The procedure involves harvesting and transplanting hair "follicular units" in their natural groupings, which typically contain 1 to 4 hairs. There are two main methods for harvesting donor grafts: strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
During a consultation with one of our fully trained hair loss surgeon, patients will discuss their preferences and expectations and receive advice on the best approach for their specific case. The surgeon will analyze the patient's scalp and use pre-operative folliscopy to determine the existing density of hair, which will help accurately assess postoperative results. Patients may also benefit from preoperative topical minoxidil application and vitamins.
On the day of the surgery, the patient will receive local anesthesia. The surgeon will harvest the donor grafts using either strip harvesting FUT or FUE, depending on the patient's needs. Strip harvesting involves removing a strip of skin from the posterior scalp and dissecting individual follicular unit grafts from the strip. FUE involves removing individual follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs using tiny punches. After the donor grafts are harvested, the surgeon will create small incisions in the recipient site and place the grafts in a predetermined density and pattern.
Postoperative care involves refraining from using medications that could result in intraoperative bleeding and avoiding alcohol and smoking, which can contribute to poor graft survival. Patients may also receive postoperative antibiotics to prevent infection. The recovery period is typically around 2 weeks and will require the removal of stitches or staples, depending on the harvesting method used.
In conclusion, hair transplant surgery is a safe and effective way to restore lost hair and provide a permanent solution to hair loss. Patients should consult with us at Elite Hair Restoration to discuss their needs with one of our surgeons to determine the best approach for their specific case and follow postoperative care instructions carefully to ensure optimal results.
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