Hair Transplantation: What You Should Know

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves removal of hair (individual hair follicles are removed and planted) from one place (known as “donor site”) to the bald area of the head known as “recipient site”, of the same individual. Hair transplantation is an example of auto-graft. Hair transplantation surgery is done by dermatologists. Hair transplant surgery is usually done to treat male pattern of baldness. Hair transplant surgery is minimal invasive surgical procedure, which involves grafting of individual hair follicles from a site of the same individual (patient) that is genetically resistant to balding.ID-1006164

Who is a candidate for hair transplant surgery?

  • Most commonly hair transplant surgery is performed for male pattern of baldness.
  • Sometimes, women with thinning of hair undergo hair transplant surgery
  • Loss of hair from scalp due to burn or injury
  • Other less common cases of hair transplant surgery involves hair transplantation to restore eye brows, eyelashes, beard, and mustache, chest hair or even to cover scars.

If you fulfill the above conditions and want to undergo treatment for your hair loss problem, you can get the problem solved by going for hair transplant in Beverly Hills.

Who should not undergo hair transplant surgery?

  • Women with larger area of baldness, or alopecia totalis (baldness of entire head/scalp)
  • Patients with baldness due to medications, such as due to use of chemotherapy for treatment of cancer
  • Patients who are genetically predisposed for keloid formation should not undergo hair transplant surgery
  • Individuals with inadequate “donor site”, as they do not have enough number of hair follicles for transplantation
  • Patients with alopecia universalis (total absence of hair in body), as they have no “donor site”

During recovery after hair transplant surgery, your scalp may be sore for few days. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication for pain, antibiotic coverage for prevention of infection, anti-inflammatory medication to prevent swelling. It may take several days to weeks before complete recovery and return to normal activity such as joining your job. Many patients experience hair fall after hair transplant surgery, which usually recover in few months.

What are the common side effects of hair transplant surgery?

Common side effects of hair transplant surgery include thinning, scarring, swelling, itching, pain, bleeding (during surgery), infection, development of small cyst, hiccups, numbness etc.

What is the long term outlook or prognosis of hair transplant surgery?

The result of hair transplant surgery usually long lasting. Some patients may have thicker hairs in compare to others depending on various factors such as density of hair follicles in transplanted zone, quality of hair that is transplanted, scalp laxity etc. Many patients need to take medications such as minoxidil or low levels of laser therapy to prevent hair fall in future. Hair fall may continue despite hair transplant surgery, in non-treated areas, unless medication or laser therapy is done, post-surgery.

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