Is hair restoration surgery a good option?
Posted on 21st September 2015 at 22:39
Hair loss and hair thinning are very common. As we age, our body changes in many aspects and changes to our hair are part and parcel of that. It is also common to experience hair thinning and hair loss for other reasons. An illness such as cancer for example and its’ accompanying treatments can and often do cause changes to hair growth. How you deal with the thinning or loss of your hair is entirely down to your personal preferences and requirements, and there are many alternatives that you can try and products you can buy. Not all are proven though. However, if you have tried other treatments and are still looking for improvement, then surgery for hair restoration could be the answer.
Hair restoration surgery is now an established practice for hair loss and has been routinely performed since the 1950′s. As a cosmetic procedure it is not undertaken on the NHS, but is offered by private clinics specialising in professional hair replacement with suitably experienced and trained physicians. A reputable clinic such as ours will have high standards of care, use cutting edge technology and have skilled and experienced surgeons and staff. Through an initial consultation, an experienced and qualified physician will be able to advise on how best to approach the hair restoration and will discuss the most suitable procedure to bring about natural looking results that will last for a long time.
The procedure itself is not an especially long one, taking between 4 and 8 hours under local anaesthetic. Dependent on what is needed further sessions may possibly be required. The operation is very delicate work. The surgeon removes a strip of skin from the back of the scalp, where there is more resistance to hormonal loss, and this is achieved in one of two ways:
• Follicular Unit Transplant
• Follicular Unit Extraction
The surgeon will discuss with the client at an initial consultation the most suitable method of follicle removal, according to the client’s individual needs.
After the surgery has been completed you may need to wear a surgical dressing or take pain relief for a few days as your head may feel tender, and you possibly may require antibiotics too, but within a few days everything is back to normal. Most people do not realise that transplanted hair falls out in the following few weeks. This is usual. What has been promoted via the procedure is the growth of new hair and this will be very noticeable. It is typical for people to have attained 85-90% of new hair growth within the first year.
If you would like to know more about hair replacement surgery or would like to book an initial consultation then please call us at Birmingham Dermatology on 08000 443917.
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