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Hair transplant Almost all males experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. There are many reasons for this including aging, family history, as well as burns or trauma. Even women can experience hair loss, not just through traumatic events, but also naturally. In fact, one in five women will experience some degree of hair loss. Some individuals experiencing hair loss choose to wear a wig, or hair extensions to cover their baldness. Then there are those who use pills, and formulas to improve their appearance. Cosmetic surgery provides a solution for those looking for a more natural result.

Advancements in cosmetic surgery have allowed men and women to regain the appearance of a full head of hair. Not only do these hair restoration procedures help individuals to regain a sense of youthfulness, it can also help boost their confidence. Hair transplants is among the more popular of these cosmetic hair restoration procedures. One important feature about this particular procedure is that it uses your existing hair. However when considering a hair transplant, it important to remember there are limits to what can be done with your existing hair and reducing the appearance of baldness.

"Advancements in cosmetic surgery

have allowed men and women to regain the appearance of a full head of hair."

When considering any form of cosmetic surgery, it is important to have a good understanding of the procedure before making a decision. Take some time to view the introductory information we have provided on hair transplants. While the information contained in this website will provide you with a basic understanding of the procedure, it may not answer all of your questions. To get complete answers to the questions you are seeking, we recommend that you consult a qualified provider with experience in hair restoration procedures.

Benefits of Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair transplants can provide a new, natural-looking head of hair. While hair transplants do not actually add any hair to the head, they can provide the appearance of more hair in balding areas. Hair transplant can help increase one’s self-confidence by having the appearance of a full head of hair. For some individuals, knowing that the hair used is their own adds even more sense of satisfaction.

What Constitutes a Qualified Candidate for Hair Transplants?

For those considering hair transplants, an ideal candidate for the procedure is one who: hair transplant
  • Has healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head to serve as donor areas
  • Is self-conscious about their appearance
  • Has a good understanding of the procedure
  • Has realistic goals and expectations
Please consult with a cosmetic surgeon to gain a better understanding of not just the procedure, but of what is expected of an ideal candidate.

How are Hair Transplants Performed?

An important feature to hair transplants is that it utilizes one’s existing hair. Patches of hair are taken from the back of the head because the hair from this area is less likely to thin, regardless of where it is transplanted. Hair removal from this area is also virtually undetectable. These patches of hair can differ by size and shape and as much as half of the hair in this area can be taken without producing a noticeable difference.

There are two common methods used for removing hair to be transplanted. Hair can be removed in small circular areas (plugs), each containing between eight and twelve hairs. Or, hair may also be removed in long strips along the sides or near the bottom of the hairline. The advantage of the second method is that it provides the physician with more hair to cut and mold into different-sized plugs and/or grafts. Thousands of grafts can be created from one strip of hair, each containing as few as 1-2 hairs.

"An important feature

to hair transplant is that it utilizes one's existing hair. Patches of hair are taken from the back of the head because the hair from this area is less likely to thin."

Incisions slightly smaller than the plugs are made in the balding area. For grafts, even smaller incisions are made with a tiny scalpel, or even a needle. Your doctor may use a laser to make these tiny cuts. The removed patches, or strips of hair, are trimmed into smaller pieces, allowing them to be easily accessed and removed. These patches of hair are then “planted” in the balding area. The plugs/grafts are carefully spaced, about one-eight of an inch apart. This will help allow adequate blood supply and help the hair grow in a natural direction and improve its appearance. Once implanted, this hair will continue to grow just as it did before. It will not thin or die unless hair in the region of the head from which it was taken also thins or dies.

Sutures are applied to close the area where the grafts or plugs were taken from. The skin will naturally stretch to cover a wider area. No sutures are required in the area where the plugs and grafts have been placed. The body’s natural fluids will bond the plugs and grafts to the head.

In order to achieve a pleasing appearance, several surgical visits may be required. Typically a healing period of several months is usually recommended between each visit. The final result of the hair transplant series may not be evident for about two years.

What are the Risks and Uncertainty associated with Hair Transplant Surgery?

With any form of surgery there is always some degree of uncertainty and risk. With a hair transplant, there is little chance that risk and complication could occur, especially if performed by qualified surgeon. You can also reduce your risk of complications by closely following your doctor's instructions both before and after the procedure. However, you should be aware that:
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  • Scarring may occur on the graft sites. However, most scars are small and are covered up by growing hair.
  • Infection can occur in any surgical procedure. For a hair transplant, infection can occur in the grafted areas. Your physician may decide to prescribe antibiotics before the procedure, as a precaution, or afterward if infection occurs.
  • You may need to avoid strenuous activity, including sexual activity, for at least 10 days after surgery.
Any surgical procedure can carry some degree of uncertainty. With hair transplants, there is a chance that some of the grafts will not work. The skin plug could die, resulting in another surgical procedure. Also hair loss could still occur after surgery. This can result in an unnatural look with patches of bald spots around the head. Additional surgery may be required to correct this appearance.

What are the typical costs associated with Hair Transplant Surgery?

"Some doctors may charge

per session and some may charge per graft."

The costs for undergoing a hair transplant vary, depending on the doctor, the location, technique used and the amount of work that needs to be done. Doctors can charge in a variety of ways. Some doctors may charge per session and some may charge per graft. Cost of a hair transplant may also depend upon the extent of the hair loss and your goals for the final result of the hair transplant. When dealing with costs, you also need to take into consideration the fact that the procedure may need to be repeated. Please consult with your cosmetic surgeon as far as cost details, as well as any payment methods accepted for the procedure.

Questions patients should ask their doctors when considering undergoing a Hair Transplant:

  1. Will my new head of hair look natural?
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  3. Where is the operation performed and how long will it take?
  4. In my case, how will the hair be removed from the “donor areas”?
  5. Will the procedure hurt?
  6. What kind of anesthesia will the surgeon use during the surgery?
  7. What is your level of experience in performing hair transplants?
  8. How much does a hair transplant cost and what elements factor into that cost?
  9. What should I expect after the operation, in terms of soreness, scaring, activity level, etc?
  10. Will I have to undergo this procedure more than once?
  11. What is the surgeon’s policy in regards to correcting or repeating the procedure if the hair transplant does not meet agreed upon goals?
  12. How does hair transplants compare with other forms of hair restoration procedures?


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