Do I Need Hair Restoration?
While it is normal to shed about 100 strands of hair everyday, baldness or thinning hair will occur if the scalp cannot produce enough replacements. Meanwhile, there are many contributing factors to this problem including natural effects of aging, genetics, use of certain drugs, cancer treatments, and some diseases.
Nowadays, several types of hair loss treatments are available in the market such as special creams and shampoos and FDA-approved products including Propecia and Rogaine which can promote hair growth. While many of these non-surgical procedures are effective for some people, these may not be enough to treat large bald spots.
For severe baldness, surgical hair loss treatments such as scalp reduction, scalp expansion, flap surgery, and transplant grafting are often the most recommended approach. But since they involve incisions, it is important that the patients have no serious medical conditions such as delayed healing, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
What to Expect During Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant is the most common surgical approach in which the surgeons remove a piece of scalp (with hair follicles) from an area where hair is abundant, and then transfer this to bald spots. With this technique, it is possible to achieve a denser, more natural look on the forehead and top of the head.
Depending on the severity of thinning hair or baldness, the grafted scalp may contain single or multiple strands of hair and is removed with the use of scalpel or punch graft which is a tube-like instrument.
To make sure that the transplanted strips of scalp with hair follicles will receive enough blood supply and survive on the new location, these are usually placed apart during the first operation. And in the following surgeries, more grafts are positioned to fill in the bald spots and areas which have thinning hair.
After the Hair Transplant Surgery
It is not uncommon for the transplanted hair to fall out after the surgery, but more often than not, new strands of hair will re-grow over a period of time. And for some patients, they will need more than one surgical treatment in order to cover all the bald spots; consequently, they should prepare themselves from the expensive procedure and recovery between surgeries which often takes a few months.
Most doctors view hair transplant surgery as a permanent solution for hair loss, but since it involves recovery, not all patients suffering from thinning hair and baldness can have the procedure. Another important consideration is that it may take more than one surgery and up to two years before the transplanted scalp produces enough hair to cover the bald spots.
As with any surgical procedure, hair transplant involves risks such as infection, excessive bleeding, scarring, and unnatural hair pattern. And in rare instances, death of hair follicles in the grafted scalp can happen which means that no new strands of hair will grow.