What Does a Hair Transplant Entail?

Not so long ago, it was easy to spot when someone had decided to undergo hair transplantation. Hair transplant procedures were newer, less refined and far more stigmatized than they are now. As transplantation technology has evolved, their results have become far more realistic. In addition, as the public has become increasingly educated about the reasons patients choose hair transplantation, the stigmas that once surrounded the procedure have all but vanished. Thankfully, in today’s popular culture, recognition that self-confidence is an incredibly attractive quality means that individuals who are interested in exploring various elective procedures in order to help them feel better in their own skin are generally supported by others. In other words, if you’re thinking about getting a hair transplant, you have very little to lose and potentially a great deal to gain by exploring your options.

If you are interested in learning more about hair transplantation, read on! Regardless of your age or gender, hair transplantation may be an excellent option for you. Once you learn the basics, please do not hesitate to consult with an experienced professional who performs transplants in order to determine whether you may be a good candidate for this procedure.

Modern Hair Transplantation – The Basics

It is important to know that individuals seek out transplantation for a number of reasons. Yes, many men seek out transplantation as a solution to male-pattern hair loss. But many women choose to embrace this procedure in order to combat receding hairlines. Both sexes use transplantation as a way to improve the appearance of hair density.

With that said, hair transplantation is not right for everyone. If someone does not have enough “donor hair” to transplant, that is generally going to be a problem in terms of transplantation. Transplant procedures rely on the harvesting of healthy hair follicles, usually from the back of the head. After a local anesthesia is applied, follicles are either extracted one by one or in a thin ellipse. There is an alternative procedure wherein donor hair is trimmed. Each patient needs to speak with his or her transplantation specialist about the method that is most appropriate under their unique circumstances.  Without enough hair available to “donate,” transplantation cannot generally succeed.

The procedure generally takes several hours to complete. But as anesthesia is local, not general, a patient will usually be able to relax and read a book, watch movies, etc. while the transplantation is being performed. Thankfully, any potential side effects a patient may experience after the procedure tend to be very minimal, so recovery is quite quick.

Answers to Questions about Hair Transplantation Are Available

If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions. Exploring your options does not commit you to taking any action whatsoever. But if you don’t ask questions, you will not be able to make a truly informed decision. Please consider connecting with a transplantation specialist today in order to see if transplantation may be right for you.

Resources:

Wikipedia, Hair Treatment

Dr. Robin Unger, MD, Hair Transplant Doctor New York

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