Owing to the advancements in the surgical techniques and its improved results, the significance of hair replacement surgery is increasing more and more.
Hair replacement is considered as a reconstructive treatment for hair loss.
The hair loss is primarily caused by several factors: age, hormonal imbalance, baldness (hereditary), certain diseases, burns and traumas. It is found that hair loss is so common that it affects one out of every five women.
Hair replacement can increase your appearance as well as your self-confidence. However, the surgery may not meet your expectations. So, before opting this surgery, consult the surgeon and understand about the procedure and its effects. Also, discuss your expectations frankly.
Hair replacement surgery can be done in four primary types, including the following: Hair transplantation, Tissue expansion, Flap surgery, and Scalp reduction. In some cases, combinations of these are used to attain effective results.
It is essential to know that all hair replacement methods make use of your existing hair, particularly the hair on the back and at the sides. Thus, in this surgery, the head serves as a hair donor area from which the grafts and flaps are taken.
So, for hair replacement, the candidates should have a healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head.
The hair transplantation technique of hair replacement is generally preferred for the candidates who look for a more modest change in hair fullness. Punch grafts, Mini-grafts, Micro-grafts, Slit grafts, and Strip grafts are the most widely used strips for hair transplantation.
During this technique, the surgeon takes out a strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back or sides of the head. The removed strip is then separated into hundreds of smaller grafts, which are then relocated into the tiny slit of a bald or thinning area.
On the other hand, in the tissue expansion procedure of hair replacement, a device called tissue expander is inserted beneath a hair-bearing scalp (the area beside a bald area). After few weeks, the inserted tissue expander causes the skin to expand and develop new skin cells.
Once the skin under the hair has stretched enough, another procedure is done to bring the expanded skin over the bald area in order to cover it. This procedure is usually performed after two months.
The flap surgery of hair replacement is suitable for severe baldness. During this procedure, a portion of the bald scalp is taken out and a flap of the hair-bearing skin is located on the bald area while still attached at one end to its new supply of blood.
Scalp reduction, also known as Alopecia reduction, is a hair replacement technique to cover the bald areas at the top and back of the head. The technique surgically removes the bald scalp and the remaining scalp areas are stretched together to fill the bald scalp that has been removed.
Flaps, tissue-expansion and scalp-reduction techniques of hair replacement are usually preferred for the candidates who aspire to have a more spectacular change.
So, are you ready to have hair replacement to achieve your desired look!