Hair replacement surgery can help enhance your appearance and self-confidence. Contact Dr. Kyle Belek MD for a consultation.
Baldness can caused by a combination of factors, such as aging, a change in hormones, or a family history of baldness. Also, hair loss can be caused by burns or trauma.
Hair transplants are a surgical procedure in which small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts are removed from a donor site and relocated to an area in which the hair is thinning or bald in general. For those who wish to bring back a fuller head of hair, a hair transplant could be the way to go.
Candidates for Hair Replacement Surgery
- Have healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the hair to provide donor areas, where grafts and flaps are taken
- Has reasonable expectations about the procedure
- Having high-blood pressure, blood-clotting problems could affect the procedure. Also, smoking, and taking drugs and medication, could have an effect.
Hair Replacement Procedure
During your consultation, your doctor will evaluate the hair loss and potential growth, and review your family history of hair loss. You will also discuss your goals and expectations.
The first steps of the procedure involve the doctor harvesting hair follicles from a donor site, which is usually the back of the head. The donor area will be trimmed short so that the grafts can be easily removed. Grafts usually differ by size and shape. Punch grafts are round and contain about 10-15 hairs. Mini-grafts contain about two to four hairs and micro grafts have one to two hairs. A single stitch may be used to close up the punch sites, but a smaller graft will just heal up on its own, leaving a scar.
Other times, a tube-like instrument punches round grafts from the donor site to be placed in the area where hair replacement is desired. And when the skin beneath the hair has stretched enough, it is placed over the bald area.
Hair Replacement Surgery Recovery
Patients will feel some aching, excessive tightness, and throbbing. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to alleviate the discomfort. You can wash your hair within two days following the surgery. Stitches will be removed in about a week to 10 days. Swelling and bruising may also occur.
Vigorous exercise may also have to be avoided for three weeks due to the possibility of excessive bleeding from the increased blood flow from strenuous activity. Also, your “new” hair may fall out after six weeks. This is normal and it will take another five to six weeks for hair growth to resume.