Also known as hair restoration and hair replacement surgery. Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common problem that affects both men and women and can be caused by stress, diseases, some medical treatments and genes. While some of these factors are temporary or can be reversed, many suffer permanent hair loss that can lead to self-confidence issues. Hair transplantation surgery can help men and women suffering from baldness or thinning
When to Consider Hair Transplantation
- If you have thinning hair.
- If you have bald spots.
- If you have a receding hairline.
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from a part of the body called the 'donor site' to a bald or balding part of the body known as the 'recipient site'
Detailed Procedural Information
How is a Hair Transplantation procedure performed?
The various methods involved in hair replacement or transplantation depend on the area that is balding or thinning and what kind of look you are trying to achieve. In all cases, hair follicles are moved from one area of your body and grafted, or transferred, to the area that is lacking. The donor site is usually on the head.
Usually your surgeon will use local anesthesia in both the donor and recipient areas. On occasion, oral or IV sedation is added. Rarely is general anesthesia recommended. The donor area will be surgically removed, and the scar will be hidden by existing hair. The surgeon will usually divide the removed scalp into hundreds or perhaps even thousands of tiny segments, each containing a single or several hairs. These tiny pieces of your scalp will then be transplanted into the bald or thinning areas on your head.
Maintaining the integrity of the scalp and minimizing trauma is integral to this procedure and is quite tedious. The entire process takes anywhere from two to eight hours depending on how much hair is being transplanted or being transferred as a flap.
What are my options?
The quality and type of hair you have and where you are losing hair will factor into your aesthetic surgeon's decision on how much hair to transplant and from where to take the hair grafts.
- Strip Harvesting
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
- Flap Surgery
- Flap Surgery
Preparing for Your Procedure
How do I prepare for a Hair Transplantation procedure?
Our surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- You may be asked to take a shower and wash your hair with regular or antibacterial soap.
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
Our surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:
- Drains, if they have been placed.
- Normal symptoms you will experience.
- Potential signs of complication.
Hair transplantation results last for a lifetime.