Hair thinning or hair loss can be the result of advancing age or medical conditions such as thyroid, vitamin deficiencies, and anemia. Hair loss can also result from treatments such as chemotherapy, or from medications such as those for depression, hormonal imbalance, and hypertension.
The best solution for hair thinning and hair loss is to address the problem at the root. People desiring permanent hair can benefit from hair restoration surgery.
What is Hair Restoration?
Hair restoration, or hair transplant, is a surgical procedure that offers a permanent solution to hair loss. This procedure involves the addition of more or new hair to places that are thinning, balding, or have no hair at all.
Hair is removed from scalp areas that are thicker in density, or from other body areas, to add to the balding or thinning area.
There have been advancements in hair restoration surgery. Today, the results of hair transplantation are so incredibly natural that it can be quite impossible to tell that you have had a hair restoration surgery. Hair restoration is usually performed by a qualified surgeon or a dermatologist.
What Happens during Hair Restoration?
The surgery takes place under local anesthesia. The surgeon uses anesthesia to numb the scalp. Patients are usually awake during the surgery.
The surgeon first removes healthy hairs either by removing a predetermined stretch of the scalp or by removing individual hairs. Each hair patch that is cut usually contains one to several strands, referred to as micrografts or mini grafts. As the surgeon removes hairs, the transplant team prepares the removed hairs for the transplant.
After the transplant, the scalp is covered with gauze or bandage. The duration of surgery depends on the amount of hair to be transplanted. It usually takes 4 to 8 hours for completion. If a large area needs hair restoration, then the surgeon may ask you to visit the clinic the next day. Hair restoration can be done using FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation, or FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction.
Hair loss treatment can take several hours to days for completion depending on the extent of restoration needed. Patients usually return home the same day after the treatment. The patient is typically prescribed antibiotics, pain killers, and medication to treat possible inflammation. The surgeon may also prescribe hair-growth medication.
You can return to your normal routine and work 3 days after surgery. You may be asked to avoid exercise for a week. Activities such as washing hair, combing, or wearing hats and pullovers, need to be avoided for a few weeks. A regular follow-up with your surgeon should tell you when you can resume these activities.
Time Taken for Results
Most patients see results after 6-9 months after the surgery. Some patients may see results after 12 months.
It is normal for hair to fall after 2 to 8 weeks after a transplant. It is also normal for hair to thin down toward the 3rd month after surgery.
Your dermatologist may prescribe medications to maintain the natural results of the transplant. These medications prevent or slow down thinning of hair and loss of hair.
Hair loss can damage self-esteem and self-confidence. Hair restoration is efficient at addressing problems of loss of hair and hair thinning. It gives permanent natural-looking results. It is important to choose the right surgeon to achieve intended hair restoration results.
Dermatologists are specialists in conditions affecting nails, skin, and hair. They are experts at addressing hair loss problems. Surgeons with specialization in hair loss treatments are a great choice too.
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