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Hair Loss/Cancer > Hair Transplants

Hair Transplants are just one way to camouflage a hair loss. They can be quite stressful to have them done, but they are worth it. They come as close to natural look as they can and they fix the problem. A growning number of men are having this procedure done. Discuss all your expectations with your surgeon. Find a surgeon that is experienced in all different techniques as your case may require 2 or 3 techniques for the best results. Each client needs a healthy and dense hair growth at the back and sides of his/hers head. These are areas that the grafts are taken from. After the surgical procedure infection, excessive bleeding etc. may occur. Also some grafts may not "take" because the skin plug dies. The surgery is usually performed at the physician's office. He will most likely use a local anesthesia. General anesthesia is given usually for a surgery involving tissue expansion or flaps.

Punch Graft, Mini Graft, Micro Graft, Slit Graft and Strip Graft methods are for clients who desire a less dramatic change. This type of surgery involves removing small pieces of scalp grafts. They vary in size.

Punch Graft contains about 10-15 hairs
Mini Graft contains 2-4 hairs
Micro Graft contains 1-2 hairs
Slit Graft is inserted into a slit in the scalp and contains up to 10 hairs
Strip Grafts are long, thin and contain about 30 hairs.

Scalp Reduction, Tissue Expansion and Flap methods represent a more dramatic change.

Flap surgery is a method of cutting out a bald scalp and attaching a flap to its new position while still being attached at the other original end and blood supply.
Tissue Expander
is a method that uses a balloon like device. This device gets inserted next to the bald area under the skin and a physician gradually inflates it with salted water over several weeks. After the hair-bearing skin gets stretched enough it is surgically attached to the bold area. Scalp Reduction is similar to a flap surgery, because the hair-bearing scalp is being pulled in the direction of bold area on top and back of the head. It is not performed to cover the hairline on the forehead.

After the surgery your surgeon should see you several times in one month to make sure that you are healing properly. Any discomfort like pain, tightness, and throbbing can be controlled with a medication. You may also need more surgeries after the initial one to make sure your hair looks very natural and well blended. Also you may notice that some hair will fall out, but a new hair will start growing in after several weeks.

I recommend doing a lot of research on the procedures and choosing a very experienced doctor. Good luck.

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