What to Expect from Having Hair Transplantation Surgery

Both men and women experience hair loss, yet although this is an inevitable fact of life, it can cause emotional distress and leave many looking for a cure. Hair transplants are an increasingly popular solution, therefore this article looks at what to expect from having this surgery.

What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is performed by a trained surgeon. The technique involves moving individual hair follicles from one part of the body called the ‘donor site,’ to the area requiring treatment i.e. the balding area. This is known as the ‘recipient site’.

A hair transplant is described as ‘minor invasive surgery’ and it can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, chest hair and facial hair. It is also a useful surgery to combat scars caused by accidents.

Hair transplantation procedure
Transplant procedures follow all of the necessary industry health and safety regulations that you would expect for a surgery. You will start by having a consultation with the surgeon who will assess your balding problem and suitability for procedure. The surgeon will analyse your scalp and discuss your requirements and expectations. They will then advise you on the best way forward i.e. how many session you require, or if only a single session is needed.

If you both decide that hair surgery is the right treatment for you, you will then be given an out-patient appointment, usually for a whole day, to receive your treatment. A typical treatment is between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts. You will be given a local anaesthetic in the ‘donor and recipient’ areas which means that you will feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery.

What to expect post-surgery
Post-surgery, you may feel some numbness or tightness and very mild discomfort. You may be also given additional medication to help maintain your hair growth.

Some patients experience some leakage of blood and tissue fluid, which must be changed daily. The treated area must be shielded from the sun and must not be washed until at least 48 hours after the surgery.

It is important to shampoo on the surgeon’s advice as this will prevent scabs from occurring around the treated area. Not only are these painful, but they also risk losing newly transplanted hair follicles.

It is also normal for almost all of the transplanted hairs to fall out in the week following surgery as this is classed as ‘shock loss’. However, two or three months following the procedure, new hair will begin to grow from the moved follicles. The rate of growth will be normal and will thicken over the next six to nine months.

A hair transplant is an increasingly popular hair loss treatment. Although it is classed as ‘minor invasive’ surgery, it is absolutely essential that you find the right surgeon for you, if you are considering the procedure. Your surgeon will assess your needs and outline what to expect. There is a level of after-care required post-surgery, which is important for your own comfort as well as for the success of the treatment.

AUTHOR BIO: Joana Hall writes regularly on health and beauty for a range of online websites and blogs. She is knowledgeable in the latest beauty innovations such as hair restoration and surgery. To know more visit this page.

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