Hair loss is a normal process of aging but severe hair loss at a younger age is a cause for concern. Hair loss is common among both men and women. Excessive hair loss can lead to a thinning hair line and areas of baldness. Hair loss treatments are recommended based on several factors, including the type of hair loss, degree of hair loss and your personal preferences. Although hair loss is not a serious medical condition, it is the cause of emotional disturbances for many.
Hair Transplantation – Hair restoration
Hair transplantation technique is a solution for male and female pattern baldness when other treatments are a failure. It is a surgical procedure where individual hair follicles from densely grown areas are transferred to bald areas.
This technique is primarily used to treat male pattern hair loss and less often female pattern hair loss. It is also used to restore eyebrows and eyelashes, and to fill the scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face-lifts. Norman Orentreich MD, a dermatologist, introduced the technique of hair transplantation in the United States over 40 years ago and it is accepted by the medical and surgical community.
In Hair Transplantation procedure hair follicles are harvested from the donor site and transplanted into the recipient site. The recipient and the donor areas will be numbed with local anesthesia. The surgery may last for approximately 4 hours and the scalp is treated with certain antibacterial chemicals and shampooed to prevent infection.
Strip harvesting –
The donor site is excised as a strip using a scalpel containing 2 or more scalpel blades mounted parallel to one another. The special scalpel facilitates the dissection of the donor scalp into minigrafts and micrografts.
After harvesting the follicles, recipient site is to be prepared. Several techniques are used to prepare and create the recipient sites.
Single hair and slit grafting –
Using a scalpel blade or needle, slits are made in the scalp in which grafts are placed. This method is most often used to recreate the frontal hairline.
Once the sites are created and prepared, small forceps or needles are used to grasp the graft and gently insert it into place, providing a beautiful fuller head of hair.