• Technology’s Solution to Receding Hairlines: A Hair Transplant Overview

    Simply put, hair transplant is a “surgical technique that involves moving individual hair follicles from one part of the body to bald or balding parts.” It’s been the number one go-to surgical procedure for balding men but it does not come cheap. Because of its rather expensive price, many have resorted to creams, wigs and even hair extensions to solve their dilemma.

    However, no other method beats the feel or permanence of hair transplant. Actually, many celebrities and ordinary Filipinos have tried hair transplantation because they want to look good and not be the joke in the office.

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    The Procedure

    The process begins by evaluating the client’s donor area by a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess the condition of the hair and enough hair exists for a transplant. He thoroughly examines the patient’s scalps and discusses his/her goals and preferences. A good plastic surgeon will also give the patient options which approach is best for him/her (single vs. multiple sessions, etc.).

    On the operation itself, the patient will be given local anesthesia and the scalp will be shampooed and treated with an anti-bacterial agent before hair is harvested. Removal of hair from the donor strip takes about 45 minutes and once it is completed, the plastic surgeon will close the donor site with stainless steel staples. While the donor site is being closed, technicians will begin separating the follicular units from the donor area.

    Benefits of Hair Transplant

    Hair transplant is not limited to the head; it can also be used to restore facial hair, eyebrows, chest hair and even your beard. Hair transplant’s benefits also include covering scars caused by surgery (i.e. facelift) and in some cases, are also used as part of facial reconstruction surgery. Results are faster than other non-surgical treatments, too. Unlike any other surgical procedure, the patient will feel no pain during the procedure and he can return to his house on the same day.  Above all, you will gain more confidence and better physical appearance.

    Post-Operative Care

    Before you even have your operation, your plastic surgeon should discuss with you how to properly care for your hair after your hair transplant procedure. You could style your hair as desired after shampooing but remember to use a blow dryer on a cool setting. Of source you can comb your hair but with moderate strokes and never use force. You can use styling products that do not contain alcohol. For faster healing, allow the grafted area to be exposed to air as much as possible. Five days after the surgery, you may use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. You should also avoid tanning for three months after the surgery.

    If you know someone who wants to have hair transplant, don’t hesitate to direct him to a qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon.