Hair transplant surgery can be simply described as a procedure to move hair you already have to fill an area with thin or no hair at all. In recent years, hair transplant surgeries have been on the rise, as both men and women with a problem of hair loss have resorted to this safe and effective procedure. The procedure can be traced back to the 19th century, and it has seen been used as a hair loss treatment for both women and men who might have lost some hair due to thinning, balding or injury.
The Hair Transplant surgery is not limited to the head; it can also restore beard and mustache hair, eyelashes, chest hair, and eyebrows. Studies have proven that more males (60 %) experience hair loss as compared to their female (50%) counterparts. But what are the steps taken during the hair transplant procedure, what is the surgery success rate, is it worth it and what’s the durability of the hair transplant? Well, if you need answers to these questions, look no further!
Steps of hair transplant surgery
Before the surgery commences, patients are recommended to take blood tests to determine if they have HIV or Hepatitis C. For one to be considered as an ideal candidate for the surgery, being physically healthy and having a donor area (a region with enough hair growth) is a prerequisite. Generally, the hair transplant surgery takes 4 to 12 hours to complete, and anyone above the 21-years can go through this procedure.
There are two techniques — Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) — which are used during this procedure. With the FUE technique, the hair is taken from the donor area and implanted on the bald part as ‘single hair follicles,’ whereas the FUT approach requires the surgeon to cut a huge number of hair strips, divide them into small groups, and inject them into the recipient area. Although the techniques used may differ, the steps taken during the hair transplant surgery are the same, and below are the basics steps taken during the operation:
Step 1: The surgeon will administer anesthesia to the patient to make the scalp area to be numb; this also done to ensure a pain-free treatment.
Step 2: Grafts from the donor site are then harvested using a tube-like tool known as the Micrometer. This tool comes in different sizes and heads, and the type to be used is determined by the nature of the patient’s hair roots. Grafts are uprooted from all angles of the donor site.
Step 3: After obtaining the required amount of graft, the donor area is then bandaged and dressed.
Step 4: Channels for transplanting the hair are prepared. Planting or inserting these hair implants into the prepared channels may either start front to the back or vice versa. This is process goes on until the last graft have been planted.
Success rates of Hair Transplant
Due to the advancement of the hair transplant techniques, the success rates of this procedure have also improved. Hair Transplants results are usually successful as compared to using creams and any other restoration product. Most transplants are done using the patient’s existing hair, and this makes the procedure more successful as the body will most likely respond positively to their tissues. Although the success rate of the hair transplant surgery is generally high (95%), the expertise of the surgeon and the healthiness of the patient are the determinant factors.
Is a hair transplant worth it?
If you are considering having a hair transplant surgery, then you must be keen to know if it’s worth it or not, right? Well, hair transplants do not just restore hair; they completely naturalize the results, making it impossible to notice if you ever had a hair loss. If performed by an expert surgeon, who has advanced equipment, the hair transplant is most likely to be effective. So, to answer you, — considering the general success rate of the hair transplant procedure — yes, it’s worth it.
How long does hair transplant last?
In most cases, it takes four to seven months for 60 percent of the transplanted hair to start growing. At times, surgeons may also prescribe medication after the surgery to promote fast hair growth. However, to answer the question pertaining to the durability of hair transplants, its also vital to mention that after the first surgery, a patient might need another hair transplant after twelve to fifteen years. Although to some patients the results tend to last a lifetime, reasons, why others may require revision surgery after a few years, may be due to hair thinning, an age of the patient as well as the non-compliance to the surgeon’s instructions after the first procedure.
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