Today, majority of individuals have male pattern baldness, a progressive condition that causes hair loss gradually through the years, over the top and front of the head. Genetics and stress play a big role in hair loss. Even women with male pattern baldness or excessive thinning hair may also benefit from hair transplantation. Even thinning eyebrows and eyelashes are becoming more common these days. Hair Transplantation is the only permanent solution for these problems today and the Belo Medical Group offers this option.
Hair Transplantation is an out-patient procedure wherein hair is redistributed from the back and sides of the head known as the “donor area”. Local anesthesia is administered on the donor site from which strips of hair are removed and dissected into 1 – 3 hair grafts. The recipient area is then prepared and anesthetized to allow placement of the grafts. The procedure lasts 3 – 5 hours depending on the size of the bald area. After two weeks, patient is required to return for suture removal. Hair starts to grow after 6 – 8 weeks at approximately 1 cm a month – for the rest of your life.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients tolerate the procedure very well. If at all, discomfort is just felt by the patient when the local anesthesia is being administered. Numbness of the area sets in quickly allowing the rest of the procedure to proceed comfortably.
How long are activities restricted?
Most people return to work or resume normal activities by the next day. Patient is advised not to lift heavy weights for at least 1 week. Swimming and public steam/sauna baths should be avoided for about 2 weeks to avoid any infection.
What to expect after the Hair Transplant procedure?
Patients may shampoo their hair after 8 hours. No bandages are needed. Small scabs develop and will remain for 7 – 10 days. For patients who have existing hair, they can camouflage a recently done transplant with their remaining hair. Once scabs fall off, the transplanted area will be pinkish in color and this should slowly disappear.