Hair Transplants As a Remedy for Apolecia
Alopecia refers to balding or hair loss. It usually occurs on either just the head, or the head and other parts of the body. It can take various forms including pattern baldness (androgenic / androgenetic alopecia), hair thinning and alopecia areata or spot baldness, which is an autoimmune ailment whereby the body destroys its own tissues for lack of recognizing its cells.
Alopecia may be occur for different reasons, the likes of which include:
- Gestation (Pregnancy)
- Pattern hair loss
- Age-related thinning
- Severe Inflammation
- Alopecia areata
- Cicatricial alopecia (an example of which is lupus)
- Various medications
- Skin outgrowths
- Trauma, such as;
- Scalp radiation
- Compulsive pulling
- Heat styling
- Rigorous brushing
There are various forms of treatment for baldness, such as waiting (if it is a temporary occurrence), treating the underlying problem (in the case of infection), immunotherapy, prescribed drugs and creams, steroid injections, UV light treatment, tattooing, complementary therapy (like acupuncture) and scalp reduction. However, arguably the most effective treatment for alopecia is hair transplantation.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that entails the removal and transfer of hair follicles from a site on the body with healthy, alopecia-resistant hair (donor site) to the bald or balding area (recipient site). The donor site is typically located somewhere at the back of the head whereas the recipient site is usually at the top of the head and/or the front most parts of the hairline; particularly in cosmetic procedures.
This procedure is favored when it comes to remedying hair loss for various reasons. First of all, it is natural in that it employs the use of one's own hair. The procedure is restorative rather than artificial or merely eye-pleasing and superficial. The hair color, quality, texture, thickness, sheen and strength is exactly the same as the rest of the hair in the previously superior areas. The fact that it is one's own hair that is used raises their self-esteem and makes the procedure and results feel very natural and non-invasive.
Secondly, the results are permanent. There is no chance of regression or reaction as there is in other methods of treatment such as medication.
Also, there is a natural transition from pre-procedure to post-procedure as they are no special soaps or drugs that one is mandated to take perpetually to ward off side effects.
Furthermore, hair transplants are 100% safe and new transplantation techniques see to it that the resultant scar is barely visible. The transplanted hair starts to grow after two or three months and the site is completely recovered within ten months of the operation.
Most importantly, the recipient of the procedure experiences significant (even total) psychological restoration. Balding can be, and usually is, a highly emotional affair for the person concerned. It is accompanied by feelings of (imaginary or real) societal rejection, the realization of the onset of old age and disappearance of youth and other emotional experiences that can be damaging to the psyche if persisted in.
For these reasons a hair transplant is by far the most recommendable measure of treatment for alopecia, where it is a viable option.