Hair restoration surgery: Hair is a precious asset. At any one time, about ten percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase (called telogen). After two to three months, the hair fiber falls out and new a hair starts to grow in its place. This growing phase lasts for two to six years during which each hair grows about one centimeter per month. About ninety percent of the hair on a typical scalp is growing at any one time. It is normal to drop some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience undue hair loss which can be corrected by hair restoration surgery. Hair restoration surgery begins with an assessment of the donor area, located at the back and sides of the head. This region contains hair follicles that are genetically programmed to be much less susceptible to the effects of androgen hormones. Because these follicles do not respond to androgen hormone activity, they can be transplanted to bald areas where androgen sensitive hair follicles have miniaturized. For hair restoration surgery to be successful, there must be an adequate hair density and number of hair follicles in the donor area for transplantation. Unfortunately for some people, the number of hair follicles in the donor area is too few to adequately cover the areas of baldness.
The procedure of hair restoration surgery involves removal of a section of skin and hair follicles from the donor area and is then dissected under magnification into individual follicular units and micro-grafts for the hair restoration surgery. Once the thorough preparation of the grafts is complete for hair restoration surgery, artistic approach is used to place them into the thinning or balding areas to create a natural look. As a part of hair restoration surgery, single-hair follicular units are placed at specific but different angles in the frontal hair zone to create a soft, natural looking hairline. Slightly larger follicular units are placed behind the hairline, providing density and volume for the larger balding areas.
Hair restoration surgery is usually completed within two to six hours. If a bandage is required after hair restoration surgery, it is removed the following day, at which time many patients return to their normal activities. With the sophisticated micro-surgical techniques of modern hair restoration surgery, many patients do not need a bandage and often clinics do not apply one. As in nature, the hair from the transplanted hair follicles grows slowly. The hair begins to grow at three months and will continue to grow at the same rate as your natural hair. Results of hair restoration surgery are usually complete and fully visible in eight to twelve months. The transplanted hair will grow forever and does not require special maintenance of any kind. How much hair is restored after hair restoration surgery depends on the patient's degree of hair loss and their desired result. Some needs are met in one hair restoration surgery; the goals of some others may be best achieved over multiple hair restoration surgeries.