Surgical process of hair replacement

There are numerous nuances of hair replacement procedure that you are curious to know about but do not know where to ask. Most of the individuals contemplating the surgical operation have many questions such as:

Where will be the surgery done?
Are there different types of anesthesia that the surgeon will use?
What will happen during surgery?

To begin with, most of the hair replacement surgeries are held in the surgeon’s facility or as an outpatient based center. Only in rare cases, it might require hospitalization. Irrespective of the technique used, all of the replacement of hair procedures are conducted under local anesthesia and may require sedation for higher relaxation. Even though you may not feel the pain, tugging and pressure can be felt during the surgical operation. However during flaps and advanced surgical grafting procedures, general anesthesia is given.

The most anticipated phase of the replacement procedure is the surgery and transplantation procedure. The complete process needs to be understood as it happens in differently in a variety of procedures.

The punch grafts have 10-15 hair follicles. Mini graft has 2-5 hair, while micro grafts have just 1 to 3 follicles. In the slip graft procedure, slits are made in the scalp and tiny slit grafts are inserted, each with 4-10 follicles in it. While the longer versions are the strip grafts that have about 30-35 hair and are long thing segments of skin tissue that is grafted on balding patches.

Additionally, this is not just one-session procedure and your surgeon will let you know how many times the hair replacement procedure will need to be repeated to get the desired effect. The other key considerations that will decide the number of sittings are the color and texture of hair and the amount of coverage. It has been seen that coarse grey or blond hair has better and faster coverage than finer dark colored hair.

In the common punch graft technique, the surgeon uses a round steel tube like instrument to punch the grafts out and replace it on the balding areas close to the frontal hairline. Each of these round grafts has 8-10 hair. Then the donor areas are stitched and bandaged for healing which takes about a week. Numerous sessions are done and there are intervals of a few weeks to a few months to see the progress. The total time to actually see the full results of the hair replacement treatment can span from 18 months to 2 years.

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