The Two Types of Hair Replacement Surgery

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A brief word about hair loss and the causes of it

Many men and women that are experiencing hair loss are curious as to the options that they have where hair replacement procedures for replacing lost hair is concerned.  The most common question is, “is hair replacement surgery a viable option?” Hair loss can result for a number of reasons and may require replacement surgery including:

  • damage caused by excessive hairstyling or pulling it back too tightly
  • irritation of the scalp which can lead to scarring
  • hormonal changes to the growth and resting cycles

There are numerous hair “toppings” and natural supplements on the market today that show some evidence of effectiveness where replacement of the hair is attempted without professional care.  However, when you start losing your hair due to genetic reasons, these creams or natural supplements probably won’t be effective and hair replacement surgery might be the only option to pursue.

Types of Hair Replacement Surgery

There are two types of hair replacement surgery – scalp stretching or the transplanting of hair grafts.  So what is the difference between these two types of replacement surgeries? Scalp stretching surgery involves the surgical removal of the bald skin and the skin nearby that is still covered with hair is stretched over that part of the skull where the skin was removed.  With hair transplantation, small hair grafts taken from other scalp donor areas are taken and then transplanted to the balding area.

Additional considerations

The first thing that you want to take into consideration is that hair replacement surgery can get expensive.  The grafts are charged for individually and it can take up to 1,000 of these hair grafts to perform the replacement surgery successfully.  Typically, the fewer the number of grafts required, the less costly the surgery will be.  Fortunately, there are numerous hair care clinics that now offer financing for the surgery.

Additionally, sometimes there are side effects but these are pretty rare.  General anesthesia or a combination of a local anesthetic and sedation are usually required.  The two most common side effects are usually an adverse reaction to the anesthetic or the onset of an infection once the hair replacement surgery has been completed and you are recovering from it.  In any event, you want to make sure that you consult with a certified and licensed hair replacement surgeon when you are considering this surgery.

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