Hair Replacement Surgery
Surgical hair restoration
or replacement is a fairly simple and safe procedure. It is surgery
though, so finding a qualified doctor and being aware of the risks,
including infection are important to achieving success.
How does hair replacement surgery work?
The actual process works something like this:
Selecting and Harvesting the Donor Area
First, hair is removed from your donor area.
For most people this will be toward the back area of the head. Your
specific level of hair loss plays a vital role because if you don't
have enough natural growing hair on your head, you may not be an ideal
candidate for surgery.
Closing the Donor Area
Once an appropriately-sized strip of donor hair is removed, the incision is then stitched up. (Typically, these stitches are
removed after about 10 days and will leave behind a small scar that can be concealed by your own hair)
Transplanting the Hair Grafts
After the donor strip is removed, tiny grafts are then prepared for hair transplant surgery
into your balding areas. Most times the hair grafts at the front
hairline will contain between 1 to 3 hairs each. As the grafts are
transplanted further back from your hairline the numbers of hairs per
graft will increase.
Covering the Hair Loss Area
Most times this is an outpatient procedure and typically takes between
2-4 hours to complete. During which time the client is usually kept
awake and alert (anesthesia prevents any uncomfortable feelings of
pain). However, most patients who receive hair restoration surgery will
require multiple procedures to fully cover their hair loss area with
adequate density levels.