WHAT IS HAIR REPLACEMENT?
Hair replacement, also known as hair transplantation, is a procedure performed on men and, at times, women with thinning hair. It involves movement of hair from a hair bearing area of the head (donor sites) to bald or thinning areas of the head (recipient sites). The main procedures are micro grafting surgery, scalp reduction surgery, and flap surgery. The choice of procedures is governed by the type of hair loss. Often a patient may undergo more than one type of procedure, such as micro grafting and scalp reduction surgery. Dr. Badame will conduct a thorough physical examination and have laboratory tests run to ensure that there are no medical contraindications to hair transplant procedures.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR HAIR REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
Men with male pattern baldness and those who have lost some but not all hair as a result of burns or other injuries to the scalp can undergo hair transplantation. People for whom hair transplantation is not appropriate are those who do not have sufficient donor sites and those who form keloid scars or have certain active diseases.
WHEN DOES HAIR START GROWING FROM THE NEW GRAFTS?
Initially, hair from many of the grafts falls out. New growth resumes in several weeks and grows at the same rate as in its original location - usually about ½ inch per month.
HOW LONG DOES TRANSPLANTED HAIR LAST?
Forever, unless hair has been transplanted from a site destined for future baldness. To avoid this, Dr. Badame carefully studies the scalp and asks pertinent questions regarding family history of baldness before making decisions on hair transplantation.
WILL THE HAIRLINE LOOK NATURAL?
In recent years, micro grafts and follicular grafts containing one to four hairs have virtually eliminated the unnatural look. Single hair grafts are placed toward the frontal hairline, while grafts containing more hairs are placed further back for density. Pluggy hair and corn rows are a thing of the past!