What Is a Hair Transplant?

Monday, 27 Dec 2010 04:05 PM

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Hair is an asset that makes you look good and feel beautiful. However, some may suffer from bald patches and excessive hair loss. Worry not! Here’s a new solution for all your woes: hair transplant.
 
What is hair transplant? Since excessive hair care is not a viable option, one of the best hair loss treatments is complete hair restoration and hair replacement. Hair restoration therapy is a surgical process that allows you to enhance your bald patch and regain a youthful look.
 
Hair transplant treatment involves using skin patches from other parts of the body, which contain hair follicles, on the balding patches. This is usually done to treat males who are balding. Very often grafts of skin are used where balding occurs.
 
Hair replacement surgery usually occurs if a person has had a terrible accident and has lost a part of their scalp, eyelashes, or skin area on the chin. In these cases, the accident causes severe damage to the skin, scarring it in a manner that no hair growth is possible. The damaged skin does not have any hair follicles whatsoever and the person has to rely on hair replacement through grafting or hair cloning.
 
Hair loss treatment, which is also called Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT, is carried out in two ways.
  1. Follicular Unit Extraction Harvesting: With this type of hair replacement therapy, the individual follicles from the donor portion of the skin are removed one at a time, under anesthesia, and reinserted using micro-removal into the balding scalp area. This is the most harmless type of hair restoration, as it involves the use of individual hair follicles and not the whole skin. Therefore, it leaves absolutely no scars or disfigurements. This method also doesn’t cause any post surgical pain or injury and allows for quick recovery.
  2. Strip Harvesting: This is a much more painful method where a small strip of scalp is removed under anesthesia and is cut up and transplanted onto the damaged areas of the patients face. Not only does this method leave post-surgical marks, but it also takes a long time to recover from.
Typically, hair transplant costs range from $3 to $8 per graft. Around $5 to $6 per graft is the average. This is probably much cheaper than a custom hair replacement system.

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