What is Hair Transplant All About?
Hair transplant is a surgery that requires the cosmetic surgeon to remove a piece of scalp (usually from the back of the head) that has hair growth and transplanting it to the area of the scalp which has less or no hair growth. The removed strip of scalp is known as the donor site and the area in which it is transplanted is known as the recipient site.
What Are The Advantages and Risks of The Hair Transplant Procedure?
The following are the advantages and disadvantages of undergoing a hair transplant procedure.
- The biggest advantage with having a hair transplant is the growth of new and natural hair in the bald spot on your scalp.
- It does not require you to undergo any type of alternate hair growth procedure.
- The self-donor factor is also a huge advantage and removes the risk of rejection by the body.
- This is a simple procedure and is effective and shows the desired result from the beginning.
- The low cost of the procedure as compared to other alternative hair growth and regaining procedures is also an added advantage.
- This simple cosmetic procedure does not require general anesthesia and is done with a local anesthesia that numbs the donor and recipient site only.
- Hair transplantation procedure is done keeping in mind the uniformity of the denseness of the hair on the recipient scalp site.
- Too large a donor strip from the scalp can at times affect the hair growth at the donor site.
- Larger areas of bald scalp need to be transplanted with a larger area of donor scalp and the procedure can become lengthy in such cases.
- In cases where the hair growth is very sparse a larger portion of the donor scalp may need to be extracted, hence leading to injury or scarring at the donor site.
- Reaction by the body to certain medications or drugs involved in the surgery may result in some form of complications and will need to be addressed separately by the doctor.
The initial stage of a hair transplant procedure involves a thorough consultation with the cosmetic surgeon in which the surgeon will make a complete analysis of the scalp that will give you, and the surgeon, a better idea about the number of sessions required, expectations of the result, actual density of the hair through a folliscopy, etc.The procedure for hair transplant basically involves removing a ‘donor strip’ of scalp which has the required density of hair (usually from the back of the head) and transplanting it to the new ‘recipient site’. The procedure starts with the surgeon washing your scalp with shampoo and antibacterial agents to prevent infection at the surgical sites. Care needs to taken when harvesting the donor strip of scalp so as not to disturb the follicle roots and cutting of the hair during the process. There are two main methods of harvesting a donor strip of scalp, these are: