Everything about a hair transplant
Your hair plays quite a critical role in your overall general appearance. Professionals have however come up with ways of manipulating your hair growth. Through hair transplants, most hair loss victims have been able to address the nightmare of dealing with an upcoming bald. What is a hair transplant? Well it is a surgical procedure that entails moving of hair follicles from a donor site to a recipient site. Primarily, the procedure is used to treat baldness. There are a thousand and one questions concerning hair transplants.
Is the process safe? Which groups can take part in the process? Are the any lasting effects of the same? What are the side effects? So on and so forth.
The process first practiced in the US in the 50's has developed over the ages. It has been proved a safe procedure with the doctors being able to handle any latter infections that may result from the surgery successfully. The transplant maybe conducted following two different methods.
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) is the most commonly used technique. The surgeons harvest a 6- 10 inch strip of skin from your scalp with the most healthy hair. It is then set aside, the scalp is sewn when closed. The region is then covered by the hair that grows around it. The obtained strips is then sub- divided to grafts depending on the nature of your hair and the size of the recipient region.
The recovery duration may vary from two weeks depending, and one may require to undergo a procedure to remove the stitches or sub cuticular suturing may be applied.
In conducting the follicular unit extraction technique, the hair at the back of the scalp is shaved, hair follicles are then obtained from this region. Grafts are prepaid and slits are created at the recipient site. Grafts are then carefully placed on the slits as if in a manner to plant them. The process leaves small dots in the donor site which are likely covered by the existing hair.
You are probably thinking to yourself; how is the recovery programme, which side effects are you likely to incur if any, what are the chances that I will lose my hair after the procedure?
Recovery programmes may entail personalised after care programme, antibiotics and anti- inflammatory drugs are likely administered. A significant resting period of 7- 14 days is usually advisable varying again according to the recovery characteristics of an individual.
Basically after a transplant, in a period of 2- 4 weeks the transplanted hair like the natural hair, sheds. However, now with the root in place hair starts growing naturally and will continue growing through the lifetime. This is the only popular hair loss one may undergo after a hair transplant. Again depending on your nature of hair, it takes time for your hair to grow after the transplanted hair falls off. Most people who go through the process successfully, observe significant hair sprout 6 to 9 months later.
Like any other surgery, some risks or infections may develop, in this case possible bleeding infections, hair follicles infection or un-natural looking hair. The challenges and risks have however, been addressed successfully. This leaves a lot to be desired, do not suffer the nightmare of living with a bald.