• Alopecia Surgery

    Hair Transplant


    A hair transplant for any alopecia patient can be a great way to treat the ailment, and it’s a very common out patient procedure. Also called a scalp flap surgery, alopecia surgery takes a flap of skin with hair follicles from one area of the body, and replaces it where it’s needed. Depending on the progression of alopecia, and how much surgery is needed, the procedure can vary, but the method remains the same.


    Ideal candidates for Hair Transplant


    Obviously, anyone with alopecia is going to be a candidate for this procedure—but depending on the severity of the alopecia, surgery may or may not be an option. Your physician will have the final say on whether you’re a candidate for a hair transplant.


    Possible risks and complications


    Along with this type of surgery comes a short list of complications and risks, but compared with the benefits, they’re not that severe. Like any other out patient procedure, the patient is put under anesthesia, and that always comes with risks as well. But usually the biggest concern with a hair transplant is whether it will take after the procedure is completed. While some patients may need additional surgery after the initial implant, most will enjoy a high success rate.


    The Procedure


    A hair transplant is no easy task, and it’s a surgery that can take a few hours to complete. By taking a flap of skin with hair follicles—either from your own body, or from a tissue donor—the surgeon grafts the skin onto an area of the scalp. The severity of alopecia will determine where the hair is needed, and how much tissue is needed as well.


    The Recovery Process and Your New Look


    Recovery time, when it comes to hair transplants, can be tricky. Depending on how much tissue was removed or grafted, recovery can sometimes only take a few weeks—or even a few months. Either way, the results of the surgery won’t be immediate, so it can take a few weeks to find out if the surgery was a success.