For those with whom the Mother Nature hasn’t been so giving with the hair that they have, there is now the option for having a hair transplant. People usually think at this as some kind of implant, and they confuse the terms. Even so, if you don’t like what you have regarding the looks of your hair (meaning that you start to get bald or a very rare hair), you could choose this procedure.
Even if it is considered a cosmetic procedure – because it’s something that improves the aspect and the way that you look, it’s still a medical procedure that has some risks, even if it does bring back a fuller head of hair.
This medical procedure is usually used by men, although women can also opt for this one, so let’s see some insights about what a hair transplant really is.
Meaning of Hair Transplant
If you’re wondering what this is, here’s a small definition – this is a type of medical intervention that moves the hair you have for filling an area that has thin hair or no hair at all. Ever since 1950 this medical intervention has been successfully practiced, and today there has been a lot of improvement to the used techniques.
The procedure is simple but it does take a lot of time because it’s delicate. You will have a clean scalp and the doctor will inject some medicine to numb the back of your head – that is the place where the hair is taken from. There are two methods that are used for making the transplant – the FUSS, also known as follicular unit strip surgery, or the FUE – the follicular unit extraction.
The first one implies the removal or a strip of skin from the back of your head, while the second one means that the hair will be removed follicle with follicle. This is longer and more elaborate.
Once this step is finished (with differences, of course) the rest of the procedure goes the same in both cases. There will be small holes created or slits – depending on the type of procedure and the graft will be placed in one of the made holes.
What to Expect After the Surgery
As it happens with any medical intervention, this makes no exception. The scalp will be tender and you could need some painkillers for a few days, depending on the intensity of the pain. The surgeon will place some bandages and you won’t be allowed to take them by yourself. You might also need some antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days, and the surgeon will prescribe them if he feels it’s necessary.
Once the intervention is done, it could take between two to five days to get back to your regular program.
It’s natural for the transplanted hair to fall out after two or three weeks from the surgery, so don’t be scared if this happens. However, you will start to notice that there will be new growth in a few months. The statistics say that after six to nine months, people observe a 60% hair growth.
This kind of transplant could be highly expensive depending on where you have it, because many insurance plans won’t cover for it, as they don’t consider it a medical problem.
There are always the risks of infection and bleeding, but there’s also the possibility of scarring if you choose the FUSS technique (the one where patches of skin are moved from one area to another). However, if you respect the requests of your surgeon and all the post intervention recommendations that you get, there should be no problems whatsoever regarding the hair transplant procedure.