Hair transplants, the surgical procedure that involves removing donor grafts of hair follicles from a patient and surgically implanting them into balding areas of the scalp, has increased in popularity and recognition as more and more men and women seek solutions to improve and restore their appearance.
But not everyone is familiar with this as an option to solving hair loss woes and there are a number of basic questions that once answered could help make the choice for a hair transplant a no brainer. We’ll cover three of the most commonly asked in this article.
Where does the new hair come from?
As stated earlier, the hair for a transplant is taken from a donor area on the same patient and is relocated to the balding areas. Donor hair comes from the back and sides of the scalp and is transferred to the balding areas usually located on the crown and front hairline of the scalp.
Getting a hair donation from someone else without the same genetic makeup is not possible due to rejection therefore it is not practiced by surgeons today. Transplant between individuals could occur if it was an identical twin with the same genetic content. However, since twins are genetically the same they would both balding and both needing a hair transplant.
Does it last forever?
If a hair transplant is done properly, using safe hair for donation, it should last forever. However that doesn’t mean that as soon as the first treatment session is over you will suddenly have a head full of hair. It generally takes several months for the transplanted follicles to begin to grow. Therefore, it is usually 8-12 months before an assessment can be made whether additional transplants are desired.
Advice and treatment specifics from the doctor are based on each individual’s case and are important to ensuring your hair transplant procedure is successful and lasts a lifetime.
Are there risks of infection or other concerns with the surgery?
As with any surgical procedure you will want to make sure you know and trust your doctor and be sure they are experienced in performing the procedure. This is a treatment that can be done in the clinic operative suite with oral sedation and local anesthesia. With any procedure there is always a risk of infection however due to the scalp’s excellent blood supply, infection is rarely seen in hair transplantation procedures. All in all, it is a safe and well tolerated procedure that is generally less than a visit to the dentist. Most patients sleep through the procedure and awaken just in time to be discharged home. They may return to normal activity within 48-72 hours with the exception of strenuous activity which is limited for 7-10 days.