How Burn Victims Can Benefit From Hair Replacement Procedures

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Nothing is more devastating than being scarred for life by being burned in an explosion or a structure fire.  Oftentimes, the scars are permanent and there is no surgery on the face of the earth that can reverse the damage and psychological trauma that these victims continually endure.  Some burn victims turn to hair replacement procedures in order to correct scalp damage just like trying plastic surgery to correct the damage to their bodies.  However, you should be aware that hair replacement procedures do not always work where the replacement or damaged hair due to burning is concerned.

However, there are a number of factors to be aware of that will influence the failure or success of hair replacement procedures.  These typically include the following factors:

  • ability of the burned tissue to start re-growing hair
  • condition of the burned and scarred scalp tissue
  • severity of the burn (i.e. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree)

Occasionally, there is a higher success rate experienced by burn victims compared to those individuals who are suffering from other types of hair loss such as genetic or hormonal factors and the replacement procedures performed to correct the issue.

Ironically, hair replacement procedures were originally developed and performed by a Japanese dermatologist named Okuda who attempted to treat a person who had lost their hair in a fire.  He first performed the procedure on a burn patient in 1939 by using a punch technique to transplant hair follicles from a healthy scalp area to the area that was burned in the fire.  He actually removed healthier sections of the scalp in the process which contained hair and then implanted it into the burned, hairless areas.

After the patients grafts had healed, there was noticeable growth that occurred in the burned, hairless area.  This single event actually paved the way for future hair replacement technologies and witnessed the evolvement of them to where they are today.  Suffice it to say, this has enabled many burn victims to overcome the trauma that they have endured because of their misfortune.

Procedures today are state-of-the-art and highly effective and have helped many individuals that are burn victims as well as those individuals that are suffering with genetic or non-genetic hair loss recover from their conditions.  If you are a burn victim, you should consult with your physician or a hair replacement professional in order to determine if a procedure will work for you.

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