What Is Hair Replacement?

Hair loss can be a distressing development.  But thanks to modern, state-of-the-art hair replacement techniques, it can also be a reversible condition.

Hair replacement is a form of surgery that transplants hair you already have to fill in an area where your hair is thinning, or you have no hair at all.  Doctors have been performing this procedure for more than 60 years.  However, the methods they use have changed quite a bit in recent years.

In fact, today, hair replacement is performed right in the doctor’s office.  To start, the surgeon cleans your scalp and injects a local anesthetic to numb the area of your head being treated.  Along with your doctor, you will have chosen one of two methods for the transplant, either follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) or follicular unit extraction (FUE.)

For the FUSS method, the surgeon will remove a six- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of your head.  The surgeon then sets the strip aside and sews the scalp closed, allowing the area to be immediately hidden by the hair surrounding it.  Next, the strip of removed scalp is divided into 500 to 2,000 small grafts, each with one or just a few hairs, depending on your hair type, color, quality, and the size of the transplant area.

With the FUE procedure, the back of your scalp is shaved. The surgeon then removes hair follicles one at a time.  The affected area heals with only small dots, which your existing hair covers.  From this point forward, both the FUSS and FUE procedures are the same.  After the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area in which the hair will be transplanted.  Holes or slits are created with a scalpel or needle and each graft is delicately placed in one of the holes.

The entire process takes anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the size of the transplant.  Following the surgery, your scalp may be sensitive and you may need to take pain medication and either an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory for a few days, which your doctor will prescribe.  Also, you’ll need to wear a bandage over your scalp for at least a day or two.  However, most patients are able to return to work within a few days after the procedure.

Two to three weeks after the treatment, the transplanted hair will start to fall out, but it will be replaced with new growth within a few months.  On average, most patients experience 60% of new hair growth after six to nine months.  Nevertheless, you may need another procedure at a later date if you continue losing hair or if you decide you want thicker hair.

A full head of hair helps a person feel happier, healthier and more confident.  Every day, people with thinning hair trust the plastic and hair transplant surgeons at MAXiM Hair Restoration to artfully create an attractive hairline for them.  MAXiM has convenient locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area.  Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for hair replacement.

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