Men who are balding for any reason can surely count on the benefits of medical hair restoration. Women can also get the hair transplant surgery done, but only when they are balding in particular areas more like male pattern baldness.
The fact to understand is not everyone is an eligible candidate of medical hair restoration, abbreviated as MHR. Those who are better candidates can feel the startling results, and can achieve more dramatic outcomes with the surgery using only a few grafts.
There are several factors that determine the type of result you can get with medical hair restoration. However, the most important of all variables is the “supply and demand.” The “supply” variable depends on the bald resistant donor hair present on your head, usually on the back side of the head as seen in typical male pattern baldness. On the other hand, the “demand” factor depends on the bald area that you need to cover and to what extent of denseness.
Here is some crucial information that you should consider before deciding whether hair transplant is for you or not.
During the hair transplant surgery, hair strands are taken out from an area of dense hair growth, and then transplanted to the bald portions of scalp.
Usually, the medical procedure is carried out in a well-maintained medical facility as follows:
- Patients are given local anesthesia in order to numb the area onto which the surgery is to be performed. At times, medicines are also given to relax the patients.
- The scalp is cleaned thoroughly to maintain the hygiene.
- Surgeons use a scalpel to surgically remove hairy scalp from the area of thick growth. This area is basically termed as donor area. Tiny stitches are then applied to close these areas of scalp.
- Either individual hair or small groups of hair are separated out with extreme care from the surgically removed scalp.
- Now the bald areas which are to get transplanted with the hair are cleaned. These are termed as recipient areas.
- Doctors make tiny cuts in the recipient areas. Then, they carefully place hairs in these cuts. Hundreds or thousands of hair may be transplanted in one session. Some patients may even need more than one session.
Why to get the procedure?
Typically, people relate hair with personality and appearance. As they get bald, they start losing their self-confidence and self-esteem with every falling strand of hair. Medical transplantation can restore the hair and improve appearance. Consequently, patients regain their self-confidence that balding had taken away.
The procedure doesn’t create new hair, but only move hair from the areas of thick growth to the portions of scalp that have lost hair.
Mostly, patients who get it done have female or male pattern baldness. Hair loss is from a particular region of the scalp (usually, front) and other areas flaunt thicker growth. The areas of thick growth i.e. the back of scalp provide enough follicles for the transplant surgery.
Patients having hair loss from injuries, lupus and some other medical conditions are better treated with this technology.
There are risks as well
- There are possibilities of transplanted hair not looking as you desired
- Patients may also have tuft of new hair growth that looks unnatural
The after care
- It is mandatory to follow the surgeon’s advice to take better care of the graft. This is particularly important to accelerate healing and get better results.
- Patients may also have small or large surgical dressing that is protected by a baseball cap.
- After the surgery and during the recovery phase, your scalp may seem very tender. Doctor may also advice pain killers, anti-biotic or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Most patients may flaunt healthy hair growth within a few months after the transplant has been done. However, some patients may need more than one session to achieve the desired mark. Replaced follicles are permanent that do not require long-term care.
What the doctors say? Is it for you?
The surgery is likely to be more successful on healthy patients only. It requires the patients to discuss the risk factor with the medical specialist before opting for this procedure.
Only a pre-screened hair restoration expert should be considered for the procedure. Meeting the medical expert can get you professional evaluation of your condition. Also, it would give you an opportunity to discuss the plan including surgical and non-surgical procedures, alongside cost estimation.
The decisive factors for medical hair restoration can be the cost, your extent of baldness at the present and in the future.
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