What to ask before a hair transplant.
If you are considering hair restoration surgery, it is important to research and ask questions before undertaking the procedure. This article covers some considerations in hair restoration surgery.
Special Considerations in Hair Transplants
Hair loss can be a menacing problem, especially for women and younger people. Proven options for treatment are varied from medications, to hair restoration surgery, to wigs. Sometimes a multifaceted approach is necessary for optimal results but the most definitive treatment remains hair transplantation. Recent advances in technique have made the procedure nearly painless and able to produce very natural results. Coming technology promises even better results if we are able to successfully clone human hair.
When considering a hair transplant several things should be taken into account.
Am I too young for a hair transplant?
There is no optimal age for a hair transplant. If people are experiencing balding, hair transplants can be a good option. The key to remember is that balding will continue even though the transplanted hair will remain. This is important for two reasons. First, steps should be taken to slow down the loss rate as much as possible. Second, care must be taken in the design of the transplant to optimize the hair being used. If attention is simply paid to the area of hair loss without taking into account future hair loss, the transplant will not look natural in the not too distant future. And remember, once the donor hair is used up, it cannot be regenerated.
Are hair transplants appropriate in women?
Absolutely. Women can have just as a good a result as men with hair transplants. It is important to be treated by a doctor with experience in treating hair loss, not just transplantation. Women tend to suffer from more medical conditions which can cause hair loss. It is very important to determine if there is a medical condition causing the hair loss and treating that condition before proceeding with a transplant.
Will I look like I have plugs in my head after my transplant?
With new techniques in hair transplantation, the old days of hair plugs are long gone. The hairline created with today’s techniques are very natural and even your hair stylist will not know you had a transplant when done by a reputable surgeon.
How long will my transplant last?
The transplanted hairs will not fall subject to regular male or female pattern balding. The natural balding will continue, however. Again, this is important to remember when planning a hair transplant so that the donor site can be conserved and a natural hairline can be created for a lifetime, not just the next few years.
How do I pick a hair transplant surgeon?
The techniques for hair transplant are not difficult to master. The key to hair transplantation is having a good staff of technicians, as a large part of the procedure is done by technicians, and having a background that provides the education necessary to understand the hair loss process, not just the technical aspects of hair transplantation.
If you are considering a hair transplant, be sure to research the physician you are visiting. That person should be able to not only perform the procedure but also to understand hair loss to give you a result that will not last just a year or two but an entire lifetime.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. D.J. Verret is a fellowship trained facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon in Plano (North Dallas), Texas. With a specializing in only head and neck surgery, Dr. Verret is able to provide the knowledge and skill necessary to produce natural, lasting results. He has a special interest in male pattern baldness, hair restoration, female pattern baldness, hair loss, and hair transplant. For more information about Dr. Verret or hair restoration, visit him on the web.