Hair Loss Information
Many people experience great anxiety and loss of self-esteem when faced with natural hereditary hair loss and baldness. Virtually all men, as they age, will experience some degree of hair loss. The extent and pattern of loss depends on the genetic predisposition. Many approaches to hair replenishment are available including hair weaves, wigs, hair pieces, surgery, Minoxadil, Propecia, and others.
Hair transplant surgery has gained wide popularity amongst the 60 to 70 percent of men and small percentage of women who experience alopecia, the medical term for baldness. Beginning hair transplantation before one is completely bald is an excellent idea, allowing some existing hair to be combed over the new grafts while the patient awaits growth of newly transplanted hair.
The procedure for treating baldness is termed hair relocation, removing hair follicles from one area of well endowed hair-bearing scalp to areas of hair loss. This may be performed with mini and micrografts or with flap surgery.
Patients with male pattern baldness, baldness from accidents, operations, burns, radiation treatment, infection, or even those who have lost their eyebrows are good candidates for this procedure. In some cases, insurance carriers may cover the cost. Patients must realize that the full head of thick hair present before the balding process will not reappear as a result of the procedure. They should also realize that transplanted hair frequently falls out initially, and grows back in two to four months. With proper hairstyle and grooming, a patient can achieve an appearance close to that of full hair growth.
The best approach should be conservative, with the goal being a natural appearing adult hairline. Hair transplantation should be approached with the patient’s present and future hairline and overall appearance in mind.