Hair Transplants – New Mini-grafts Give You a Natural Look
Men and women lose hair. And neither gender is happy about it. You can lose hair because of heredity, aging, hormone changes, or trauma. And as the hair thins, you may even grow nostalgic about the good old days when seeing a hair in a brush didn’t even faze you.
Happily, though, Russell Kridel, MD of Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Houston Texas can outline some excellent options for correcting the problem of thinning hair through hair transplant if it bothers you. Hair transplants have finally arrived after many years of being almost-there-but-not-quite. Today, a head of hair that’s accomplished with mini-graft transplants looks very natural. The surgery can be done efficiently and effectively. And, not surprisingly, hair transplants are becoming more and more popular.
Before mini & micro grafts
After mini & micro grafts
Close-up after mini & micro grafts
Some people equate hair with virility, and for many men, that’s motivation enough to seek information on hair transplantation. If the woman in your life wants to run her hands through your hair-and you still have hair on the sides and back that can be "harvested" -why not check into having someting done about spreading the wealth?
Hair-replacement surgery has come a long way in recent years. What’s made a major difference in the look of hair that has been transplanted is that previously (years ago), big clumps of hair plugs were inserted into the scalp, leaving the hairline with a corn-row effect. You saw little rows of hair plugs that screamed "hair surgery."
Today the hair replacement plugs are quite different; they are tiny, made of one to two hairs each. This means that when your doctor inserts the plugs into tiny slits in your scalp, the visual upshot is that the transplants look natural, and blend in smoothly with your other hair.
Hair loss doesn’t effect men alone; about 20 percent of women experience some hair loss due to hormonal changes, illness, or aging. The main difference is that women’s hair loss is more likely to be generalized thinning.
As a general rule, hair-restoration surgery works if you have healthy hair-growth areas to serve as donor places; typically this means that the sides and back of your head need to have some hair from which to "harvest" grafts. If you have a head that’s almost bald completely, your probably aren’t a candidate for this hair replacement surgery.
To fill in the areas of your scalp that have thinning hair, Dr. Kridel uses the popular follicular-unit mini-grafts. He takes hair from dense hair-growth areas, often on the back of your head, and replants grafts in thin areas, creating a fuller look. To keep the patient comfortable during hair-replacement surgery, Dr. Kridel uses a local anesthetic along with sedation. It may take a few surgical sessions to achieve the degree of hair fullness you want. If that is the case, you will wait a few months in between sessions for healing. Sometimes, a few grafts may not "take." And it’s normal for hair that’s contained in the new plugs to fall out before it does its "regrowth spurt" in the new locale.
If your hair is fine and/or dark, the coverage may not be as good as what can be accomplished with hair that’s gray, coarse, or light. Dr. Kridel also does hair plugs for women who have lost hair tufts in face lifts by other hair transplant doctors.
There are many variations on hair-replacement surgery that may be appropriate, but that can only be determined when you visit with Dr. Kridel and he is able to assess your particular situation during a consultation.