Hair Implants

Hair Implants

Hair Loss and Hair Implants

At today’s stressful pace of life, many people face excessive hair loss as an issue and hair implants have been a form of effective treatment.  Though not everyone can achieve the same results, hair implants can be a solution even for those with severe hair loss.  If you want to decide if hair implant is the solution for you, it is necessary to understand some of the issues with hair loss and the procedure itself. 

The Anatomy of Hair Loss

The most common cause of hair loss in men is androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness.  Male pattern baldness is largely an inherited trait and the hair loss associated with it tends to start at an early age leading to extensive baldness with receding hair line and/or baldness on the top of the head.  Male pattern baldness is an extremely common condition which affects roughly 50% of men.  Androgenic alopecia also affects women resulting in female pattern baldness and the incidence increases greatly in postmenopausal women.  There is some evidence that as many as 75% of postmenopausal women are affected by female pattern baldness to varying degrees.  The characteristics of hair loss tends to be different from men in that it occurs mostly as thinning of hair over the entire head.  The hair follicles of the balding area in both male and female population are genetically susceptible to a hormonal substance called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which slows down the production of keratin, the building material of the hair shaft. 

Hair Implant Procedure

Hair Implant Procedure

For hair implants the follicles from the area of the patient’s head where the growth of the hair has not been affected is harvested. The harvested hair follicles are carefully placed in a manner that would let the hair grow with a natural look. Especially when restoring the receding hairline, it is important that the surgeon be a skilled one who can ensure the natural growth and appearance. The hair implants successfully resume growth at the new site as they are resistant to DHT and thus had thrived at the previous location as well. During a typical session, about 1,500 to 3,000 grafts are involved and one can expect the procedure to take the whole day from early morning well into the afternoon. Many people require at least 2 sessions to expect the desired effect and it takes anywhere from 6 to about 16 weeks for the hair to grow at the normal rate.

The Benefits of Hair implants

The most obvious benefit of hair implant in comparison to any other therapy is the permanency. The hair implanted is yours. There are non-surgical treatments such as topical minoxidil prescription oral medication Propecia available but these are not permanent solutions. You can comb your hair, swim and enjoy other activities as previously done with hair implants. Baldness often contributes one’s loss of self-esteem and youthful look. Getting your hair back, literally your own hair back can be an invigorating experience that can boost your life. Though this is an all-day surgery, the discomfort associated is surprisingly minimal adding to the positives of hair implants.

The Potential Issues with Hair Implants

As with any surgery, with hair implants, there is a possibility of skin infection which is usually easily treatable. There is numbness around either the donor or recipient site that some experience but it usually dissipates within 3 months or so after surgery. To achieve the most natural look, multiple sessions over a couple of year are recommended so it can be time consuming. The cost of hair implants at $3 to $10 per graft can run from about $3,000-$80,000 depending on the size of the desired treatment area. There is a possibility of the transplanted hair follicle not surviving the procedure but this seems largely dependent on the physician’s abilities as success rates up to 98% are reported by some well skilled surgeons.

To Do or Not To Do

The Choice of Hair Implants

With the advances in the medical knowledge and techniques, hair implant is fast becoming an easier choice for the consumer.  Aside from the relatively high cost, there are virtually no major risks in the procedure.  The importance of finding a well qualified surgeon can’t be stressed enough.  By selecting a knowledgeable and experienced surgeon, you can be informed of all the risks in detail as well as be assured that the best will be done to make the hair implant a success and your youthful look restored. 

 

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