Like our health, it is easy to take our hair for granted—at least while we have it. As the bloom of youth begins to fade, we start to notice pains in our joints and aches in our backs. As soon as we start losing our hair, we begin to physically see, as well as feel the effects of aging.
For people who are concerned about loss of hair, a hair transplant may be a good option, helping bring back what is a full—and in some cases, even fuller head of hair. There is nothing wrong with feeling self-conscious about balding and wanting to recover a full head of hair. That is a very small price to pay for a lifetime of self-confidence.
If you are considering the procedure, here are some things that your Philadelphia hair transplant expert wants you to keep in mind.
What is Hair Transplant Surgery? The idea is quite simple and has not changed much since hair transplants started more than 50 years ago. Hair transplant surgery moves hair that you already have on one part of your body to your head. While the idea has not changed, the techniques have significantly advanced over time.
Two Options for Hair Transplant Surgery: The two options for the procedure are follicular unit strip surgery or follicular unit extraction.
With follicular unit strip surgery, a 6-to-10-inch strip of skin is removed from the back of the head. This is set aside while the scalp is sewed closed, and that area is immediately hidden by the hair around it. The surgical team then divides the strip of removed scalp into hundreds or thousands of tiny grafts, each with an individual hair or a few hairs (that will depend on hair type, quality, color and the size of the transplant area).
With follicular unit extraction, the back of the scalp is shaved, and hair follicles are removed one by one from there.
Both procedures are the same after this point. The area where the hair will go is cleaned and numbed. Then holes or slits are created, and in each of these holes a graft is delicately placed.
Procedure Time: Depending on the transplant area, the process takes anywhere on average from 4-8 hours.
Come in and talk to me about it if you feel you could benefit from a hair transplant. You can replace hair much more easily than you can self-confidence.