Hair Transplantation Basics
For men, baldness can be taken as a sign of old age, unattractiveness, and
infertility. Although none of these signs may be true, clinical studies have
shown that hair loss is a cause of low self-esteem and low self-confidence in
men. About 70% of men and 50% of women experience some degree of hair loss in
their lifetime. Causes of hair loss come from several factors, but mostly from
these three — genes, hormones, and age.
In the past, men have gone to desperate measures in trying to cover up their hair loss. Hair restoration has vastly improved in recent years. Among the several options used for hair restoration now, hair transplantation is emerging as the most effective treatment for baldness.
On average, a person sheds and re-grows about 50 - 100 hairs a day. A mix of emotional turmoil, medication, poor nutrition, and illness may cause excessive daily shedding. However, these factors are often temporary, and hair growth should continue once these factors have ended. Researchers have shown that around 80% of bald men are preoccupied about their hair loss, and men who begin to lose their hair in their early twenties are more likely to suffer from extremely low self-esteem. Permanent hair loss comes from hair follicles that become thinner and weaker. Male patterned baldness is scientifically called Androgenetic Alopecia, which is caused by genes, hormones, and age.
Hair transplantation is a minor outpatient surgery that simply relocates existing hair follicles from the donor site to the balding area.
During the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to relieve any discomfort. Our doctor will remove a hair follicles from the donor area and IMPLANT them to the bald area.
Hair transplantation has a high success rate as long as you have enough donor
hair. This procedure does not have any long term or major side effects. Taking
the medication that we provide after the procedure can prevent possible
complications such as infection and swelling.
The procedure generally takes about 2 to 3 hours depending on the number of grafts. Patients usually feel little or no pain, and can return to work the very next day. There is no additional care needed on the transplanted hair; just treat it like your ordinary hair, because it is your own hair! The transplanted hair will start to grow in 3 to 6 months, and will have the same strength, color, texture, length, and life span as your hair from your donor area.
Within 6 months of the procedure, the transplanted hair can be groomed and combed in any fashion you like. By doing a hair transplant now, you can replace your hair as it begins to thin and bald.