Hair loss is a problem that affects millions of men and women. Balding does not have to be an issue, and anyone can take advantage of the latest hair transplant technology to help them regain the full head of luxurious hair they want. Transplants are a simple procedure, and the risks are relatively low. The rewards will ensure that consumers get the hair they want. Costs vary according to the amount of hair that must be transplanted.
Hair Transplant Procedure Explained
First, a patient will have an initial consultation with the board certified surgeon of their choice. The surgeon will look closely at their client’s scalp. The surgeon can then discuss the options with their clients and help devise the approach that will work best for their particular situation. Sometimes, more than one session may be needed.
Operations are usually performed in an outpatient setting, and many surgeons perform surgeries in their office. Patients are sedated with a local anesthesia to numb the scalp. Doctors will then prepare the hair for surgery. A special shampoo is used to ensure there is no risk of infection. After disinfection, surgeons will harvest hair from the sides of the head. Surgeons usually cut thin strips that are no more than a few centimeters. This wounds are then closed, and the doctor will prepare the balding areas while their assistants dissect the individual grafts from the strip that was removed. Board certified plastic surgeons use fine blades to puncture the scalp and implant the follicles that have been harvested.
There are very little risks that are associated with hair transplants today. Infection is always possible, but antibiotics are used to minimize this issue. Scarring is another possibility, but the techniques that are used today virtually eliminate this problem as well. Surgeons only cut a thin strip from the sides of the head. This ensures the scars will disappear in a matter of weeks. Localized swelling may occur after the surgery but is easily treated with aspirin or ice.
The chief benefit of a hair transplant is that patients will get the full head of hair they want. Hair loss will be stopped, and results are immediately apparent. The best thing is that a person uses their own hair. This helps the new hair blend in with the old. Costs are minimized as the patient donates their own hair.
The cost of a hair transplant depends on the severity of a patient’s balding. The geographical area where a person has their surgery done will also affect the overall price of the operation. The average low cost is $2,500 while the high is $10,350. Financing options are offered by most surgeons, and this ensures patients can pay for their surgery in monthly installments.
Surgeons rely on the use of anesthesia to ensure their clients are in no pain during their surgery. There are several drugs that are used, but they will keep the entire scalp numb for up to six hours. This is plenty of time for a doctor to harvest and transplant hair. Patients can also take anti-anxiety drugs if they like. The pain that occurs after an operation is mostly related to the amount of swelling that occurs. This is best minimized with the use of aspirin or Tylenol. Ice is also effective at reducing swelling.
Bandages are essential on the areas where the hair was harvested. These enable the wounds to heal and prevent infection. They should be changed daily. Hair should be kept from the sun for several days, and shampooing can commence after two days. Shampooing is important, and it will keep scabs from interfering with the growth of the new hair. Hair will initially fall out during the first week. After a month or two, the hair follicles will begin to grow and quickly fill in the scalp.
Patients should be sure they understand the limitations of any type of aesthetic surgery. Doctors may not be able to provide their clients with a full head of hair, but they will minimize balding. The effects can be quite pronounced and most clients are satisfied with their results.
Age of Candidates
Candidates are ordinarily in their early 30s or 40s. They have hair on the sides of their head but are balding on top. Doctors need to harvest some of the hair that is on the sides of their client’s heads. Thus, it is essential that candidates have a fair amount of hair on the sides of their head.
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