If you’ve ever paid attention to men who’ve lost significant amounts of hair, you’ve probably noticed that it tends to look similar from man to man. Perhaps you’ve noticed it begins at the forehead, slowly receding back until there is a horseshoe pattern of hair left. The top of the head all the way back to the mid-point of the back of the head is the portion most likely to be affected by male pattern baldness.
It stands to reason, then, that this horseshoe-shaped section of hair is the best place from which to extract donor hair for a hair transplant. This hair is ideal for transplanting, because (a) it is hardy, but (b) once transplanted, it retains its original characteristics. Transplantation does not affect the ability of the hair to stay healthy over the long-term. In the world of hair transplantation, this is called “donor dominance.”
How are donor hairs extracted?
There are a variety of different ways to harvest donor hair. When transplants first began, doctors would remove and transplant plugs that measured approximately 4mm. While this worked reasonably well, they found that the scar pattern that emerged as a result just wasn’t ideal cosmetically. Additionally, the plugs had a very identifiable “pluggy” look, and many patients preferred not to announce to the world their need for hair transplantation!
As a result, doctors tried a new method of transplanting tissue in strips and then suturing the skin together, creating a more natural look. The strips are dissected into much smaller micrografts, and then transplanted into the area of the scalp in need of a donation.
Hair transplantation: does it hurt?
It’s natural to worry about the amount of pain one might sustain in during a hair transplantation procedure. Though it doesn’t rank as major surgery, the fact of the matter is that the doctor must make many circular holes in the skin, which – let’s face it – sounds kind of painful.
Depending on the patient preference, local or general anesthetic is used. As with any general anesthetic, there is a greater element of risk when being put under completely. The possibility that the patient will stop breathing exists, so doctors will monitor everything during the hair transplantation treatment. The other option is to simply take an anti-anxiety medication such as Valium or Xanax, and combine that with local shots to the affected area.
And how long does it take to grow hair after a hair transplant?
While results vary from person-to-person, typically it takes about 3-5 months to see hair growth in the affected area of the scalp. The transplanted hair itself will fall out during the first month post-surgery. Once the hair begins to grow, it will continue permanently. The scourge of male pattern baldness is no longer a consideration! The best part is, the hair can be cut and styled just like the original head of hair.
Further hair loss treatments may be desired depending on the patient’s needs, and there should be at least a 6 month period of time between grafts. Why not target and visit Europe’s number one hot spot in hair travel industry: Budapest, Hungary for your high quality, affordable hair transplantation?