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Hair Transplant, Elements of a Successful Hair Transplant

Losing your hair can be a devastating thing—especially if you are a woman, or a man who thinks that his hair loss is premature and significant.  Many people all over the world are searching for solutions to their problems with hair, and have found many so-called “wonder treatments” to be much less than wonderful—and hardly successful.  Some may ask if there is any treatment at all that will actually produce long lasting results.  For these people, the answer that will work may be a hair transplant.

A hair transplant is not the kind of off-color toupee you may be thinking of.  With such advanced technology as is available today, people who are searching for solutions to their problems with extreme hair loss have found that this new procedure is effective—and worth their time and trouble.

Essentially, the procedure involves moving individual hair follicles from one particular spot of the head to those other spots that are experiencing balding.  These grafts are naturally resistant to balding, and thus are predicted to do much better than the previous follicles did in the first place.

Hair Transplant Procedure

The success of a hair transplant depends partly on the grafts of hair that are selected carefully by the doctor.  He must first analyze the scalp as a whole, to best determine the course of action that should be taken.  The doctor will then discuss with the patient the options that are available to him, and both will decide (or at least understand) what is to occur.  Often, just prior to the operation, the patient will be administered a mild sedative, to enable the doctor to work without interruption, and to save the patient some pain.

After the scalp is cleaned and treated, the doctor will select a strip of skin that is currently experiencing good growth of hair follicles.  It is from this strip that grafts will be selected for donation.  The grafts that have been chosen will then be individually placed in small groups in the area of balding in such a manner that helps it to look very natural.

Hair Transplant Contraindications

There are some medications that must be avoided prior to the surgery, in order to help the body accept the follicle grafts.  In the patient’s initial consultation with the doctor, these will be discussed.  Those individuals who smoke or drink must refrain from doing so prior to and immediately following surgery for best results.

Hair Transplant Price

The average cost of a hair transplant in the United States is from $5,000-$25,000.  Many factors are involved in the calculation of this cost, and most must be discussed individually between patient and doctor.  

Hair Transplant Complications

Complications that may arise from a hair transplant include swelling and slight pain at the affected areas.  Infection is possible, as well as itching.  Just as with any other complicated procedure, the patient must carefully follow the doctor’s orders for post-procedural care to get the best results. If you experience serious or painful symptoms, your Physician will prescribe you an appropriate treatment to fight against these health issues.