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Cosmetic hair implantation surgery

Updated on July 7, 2011

The overall number of people getting hair replacement has significantly increased over the past 10 years. Two out of three males and one in five women suffer from hair problems; most common hair disease is alopecia, which means complete baldness or loss of all hair. In males, the major cause of receding hairline has been found to be stress and depression and congenital and hormonal problems are also found to be the cause of hair falls, which is confirmed by various studies and surveys conducted online and off line. In women, hormonal changes such as menopause can cause hair thinning.

There are a number of hair implantation techniques available, although hair replacement surgeries cannot help those people who suffer from total baldness that means they do not have any hope for regrowth due to no hairs being available for implantation. Candidates for hair replacement must have a healthy growth of hair on the back and sides of the head because the back and sides serve as hair donor areas from which grafts and flaps are taken by the plastic surgeons for hair implantation techniques.

Hair Implantation Surgery:

In the initial consultation, your surgeon will study the pattern of your baldness and provide information concerning the potential surgery, techniques used, and the expected results and outcomes.

The methods described consist of removing a strip of scalp from the back of the head region of the patient. This area has no DHT receptors, so the hair is permanent and does not fall. Micrografts are then obtained (1-3 units of hair) which are implanted in the hairless areas meticulously. This intervention is performed under local anesthesia and is ambulatory, i.e., the patient goes home the same day. The results are natural and for life since this technique involve use of same patient's hair.

Hair Transplantation Procedure before and after pic.
Hair Transplantation Procedure before and after pic.

The postoperative care is simple and the patients have very little discomfort and may return to normal activities immediately.

It is important for the patient to keep in mind getting 2 or 3 recommended interventions done for best results, which depend on the degree of baldness of each patient.

Hair transplantation procedure complications:

Possible complications associated with hair transplantation procedures may include but are not limited to the following:

Patchy hair growth

Sometimes, the transplanted hair growth looks like a patch of hair, especially if placed next to a thinning area. This can often be corrected with some additional surgeries.

Bleeding and scarring

Tension on the scalp area from some of the techniques utilized while doing hair replacement surgeries can result in wide scars or bleeding.


Occasionally, there is very little chance that the graft will become useless but if it is, then the patient will need a repeat surgery.


As in any type of procedure, hair replacement surgeries also carry a risk of infection.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Veronica, ocbill, and sarovai for your comments plus I agree with ocbill that radiation coming from electronic appliances and phones devices is really harmful and can trigger the causes of baldness in human beings.

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      sarovai 8 years ago

      Total baldness can't be implanted with hair. Thank u for information.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      It could also be due to so much more usage of electronic devices/appliances and the related electromagnetic radiatio.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I had no idea this problem was so widespread. It's no wonder hair loss programs are so lucrative. Peoples hair or the lack of, is extremely important to them.