Hair transplantation is one of the most commonly performed operations, especially amongst the men. Hair loss, in other words alopecia, is a problem that affects mainly the men and the half of the population older than 50 years, however scientifically proven methods help to restore the lost hair and solve this problem.
Hair naturally thins as part of the ageing process. You just have to compare the figures – the average 20 year old has 600 hairs per sq cm on their head, and the average 50 ear old has less than half that number. Hair loss is generally less of a problem for women because their hair tends to decrease evenly over the scalp, resulting in thinner rather than distinct bald patches.
Operation duration – Dependents on area (2-7 Hours).
Anesthetic – Local or sedation.
Number of treatments – Multiple sessions over 1-2 years.
Causes of hair loss may include;
– Pregnancy and the Pill. Hormonal changes can cause hair loss, but this is virtually always temporary. It is important to be very gentle with your hair and avoid harsh products or treatments.
– Smoking. This affects the body’s take-up of vitamin C and constricts the blood vessels, which means fewer nutrients reach the hair to encourage growth.
– Drinking Alcohol destroys B vitamins, which are essential for healthy glossy hair.
– Stress. Anxiety and stress can lead to hair problems and can even cause it to fall out. Try gentle scalp massage to stimulate the follicles.
– Poor diet. Thinning hair or hair loss can be associated with a lack of iron, B and C vitamins and Iysine. Try to boost your diet and include plenty of water and essential fatty acids.
– Perming, bleaching or dyeing. If constantly over-treated, hair can become brittle and break off close to the scalp. Seek professional advice from a reputable hair salon.
Hair….as you age…
Hair loss commonly starts on the frontal area and then extends backwards in the men. The treatment is easier in men in whom the hair loss process occurs locally and more expected as compared to women, in whom alopecia occurs more diffusely. However, in women in whom the alopecic area is concentrated in a local area as in men, the treatment is more successful. Additionally, the treatment is more difficult in certain conditions as hair loss after radiotherapy or chemotherapy etc.
It is very important for you to avoid aspirin, Vit E, anti-inflammatuars etc. that increase the bleeding, days or even weeks before the operation.
Should you need to take a medication, it is advised that you consult your doctor. A mild dinner without alcohol followed by a good rest one night before and a shower after a mild breakfast in the morning of the operation date are recommended.
Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts from a donor site and relocating them to a bald or thinning area. Grafts differ by size and shape. Round-shaped punch grafts usually contain about 10-15 hairs. The much smaller mini-graft contains about two to four hairs; and the micro-graft, one to two hairs. Slit grafts, which are inserted into slits created in the scalp, contain about four to 10 hairs each; strip grafts are long and thin and contain 30-40 hairs.
Hair loss is primarily genetic and in our genes, it is difficult to avoid, caused by a combination of ageing, a change in hormones and a family history of baldness. As a rule, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become. Hair loss can also be caused by burns, trauma, skin diseases, accidents, in which case hair replacement surgery is considered a reconstructive treatment. Watching our hair literally go down the drain, exploring the alopecic area extends progressively and trying to hide the alopecic areas with the remaining hair or hiding our heads under a cap actually make our lives more difficult and more stressful.
Women can also benefit from hair transplant. Hair loss in women can be caused by ageing, illness, or hormonal changes after menopause. Women tend to experience a subtle thinning all over the scalp rather than losing hair in patches as is common in men. To correct the problem, some women choose to wear a wig or hair extensions, while others have had some success using a topical prescriptive drug. The effectiveness of such drugs varies in some patients and simply prevents further hair loss without stimulating any appreciable new growth. Hair replacement surgery may be the answer for those who feel uncomfortable with either of these options.
Reasons for having Hair Transplant include:
a) To increase self confidence and enhance self image.
b) To give a more youthful appearance in a natural way.
c) To cover balding or loss of hair that cannot be achieved by another method.
The best candidates are those who are in good physical health, are mentally and psychologically stable, preferably do not smoke, those who want to improve their appearance and those who have realistic expectations about the procedure and the results.
Hair loss in both men and women can have a significant effect both on appearance and self confidence. the FUE hair transplantation method offers everyone a chance to look and feel better about themselves again.