Hair transplantation is one of the most commonly performed operations, especially amongst the men. Hair loss, in other words alopecia, is a problem that affects mainly the men and the half of the population older than 50 years Hair loss is generally less of a problem for women, because their hair tends to decrease evenly over the scalp, resulting in thinner rather than distinct alopecic areas.
Hair loss is primarily genetic, so it is difficult to avoid. It is caused by a combination of ageing, a change in hormones and a family history of baldness. As a rule, the earlier the hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become. Hair loss can also be caused by burns, trauma, skin diseases,
accidents, in which case FUE surgery is considered a reconstructive treatment. Watching our hair literally go down the drain, exploring the alopecic area extends progressively and trying to hide the alopecic areas with the remaining hair or hiding our heads under a cap actually makes our lives more difficult and more stressful.
Women can also benefit from hair transplant. Hair loss in women can be caused by ageing, illness, or hormonal changes after menopause. Women tend to experience a subtle thinning all over the scalp rather than losing hair in patches as is common in men. To correct the problem, some women choose to wear a wig or hair extensions, while others have had some success using a topical prescriptive drug. The effectiveness of such drugs varies in some patients and simply prevents further hair loss without stimulating any appreciable new growth. Hair replacement surgery may be the answer for those who feel uncomfortable with either of these options.
Causes of hair loss may include;
* Pregnancy and the Pill
* Stress, anxiety and stress
* Poor diet
* Bleaching or dyeing.
Hair....as you age...
Hair loss commonly starts on the frontal area and then extends backwards. The treatment is easier in men in whom the hair loss process occurs locally and more expected as compared to women, in whom alopecia occurs more diffusely. However, in women in whom the alopecic area is concentrated in a local area as in men, the treatment is more successful. Additionally, the treatment is more difficult in certain conditions as hair loss after radiotherapy or chemotherapy etc
Reasons For Having Hair Transplant Include:
a. To increase self confidence and enhance self image
b. To give a more youthful appearance in a natural way
c. To cover balding or loss of hair that cannot be achieved by another method
The best candidates are those who are in good physical health, are mentally and psychologically stable, preferably do not smoke, those who want to improve their appearance and those who have realistic expectations about the procedure and the results.
Hair loss in both men and women can have a significant effect both on appearance and self confidence. The FUE hair transplantation method offers everyone a chance to look and feel better about themselves again
It is very important for you to avoid aspirin, Vit E, anti-inflammatuars etc. that delay clotting, days or even weeks before the operation. Should you need to take a medication, it is advised that you consult your doctor.
Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts or units from a donor site (hence so called follicular unit excision-FUE method) and relocating them to a bald or thinning area. Each unit carries 1 to 4 hair follicles. Some centers mention the number of the hair follicles, rather than the units, probably trying to give a larger transfer number to the patients. This may cause confusion.
Operation duration: Dependant on area (2-6 Hours)
Anesthesia: Local / Sedation
Number of treatments: One session or multiple sessions over 1-2 years