According to the American Hair Loss Association, 35 million men around the world experience baldness and in the United States alone, 40% of patients experiencing hair loss are women. For many, hair transplant surgery has become the choice to overcome hair loss.
Transplanting hair from one part of the body to the other isn’t new. Hair transplantation first appeared in Germany in the mid-1800s. Modern hair transplant surgery has come a very long way since its introduction to the United States in the 1950. Modern techniques, coupled with the science supporting transplant development, are providing a more natural look and feel through for hair transplant recipients.
Today, hair transplant is a natural choice for those seeking to regain a more youthful, healthy look. For those who can only think “toupee” or “hair plugs,” think again. Here are some questions about hair transplant, answered.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves removing patches of scalp from an area of the head that has ample hair – usually the sides or back of the scalp – and then placing that tiny patch in a bald area where more hair is desired. Over time the hair follicles take root and grow, filling in the patch of scalp that once had no hair.
Men and women are both affected by baldness or thinning hair. Men are more genetically prone to baldness, though ironically, baldness is passed down through one’s mother. Both men and women can lose their hair and even go bald, but unlike men, balding for a woman is primarily related to hormones. Women lose hair due to hormonal changes, and they seldom go totally bald, but only experience thinning. Alopecia areata is an auto-immune disease that attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss. While rare, it can cause baldness in both men and women.
Statistics gathered from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery indicate that a little more than 84% of balding men are opting for hair transplant surgery compared to 15.3% of women. The greatest numbers of men who are deciding to take advantage of hair transplant surgery are between 30 and 39 years of age. Women who are choosing the surgery most often are between 39 and 49 years of age.
Hair transplant surgery is rather straightforward. Performed in a doctor’s office or a hospital setting, the surgery lasts two to three hours. Depending on the number of grafts to be transplanted, more than one surgery may be required. The surgery might be conducted under local anesthetic, which is perfectly normal; some patients may be anesthetized so that they will sleep through the procedure.
Hair transplant surgery is considered a safe procedure, however, as with any surgery, there are risks. Minimize those risks by having a conversation with your healthcare professional. Speak with the surgeon concerning the risks that are involved and be sure to cover the issues that are particular to your case. Provide a list of medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed that you’re taking. Additionally, your surgeon will take a detailed health history to find out if you’re fit for surgery.
If your reasons for choosing hair transplant surgery are purely cosmetic, then most insurance companies won’t pay for it. If the surgery is due to an accident or injury, then the insurance company might underwrite the surgery.
Transplanted hair falls out, which can be alarming to the patient; but the fallout is normal. New hair will grow in its place within as little as 3 months.
Are you losing your hair and don’t know what to do? One solution is to take charge of the situation and contact the skilled hair restoration professionals at MAXiM Hair Restoration. MAXiM Hair Restoration has plastic and hair transplant surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline for people with hair loss every day. We have convenient locations throughout the U.S. including New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Newport Beach, and the Washington, DC, area, as well as international locations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Manila. Chances are there is a MAXiM center near you. Contact MAXiM today for a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant or other hair restoration solution.