Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is the cause of 95 percent of hair loss among men. But men are not the only victims of this condition. About 40 percent of women also experience some type of hair loss by the time they reach 40 years old. Even though skin head and similar types of haircuts have become fashionable not only for men but also for women over the recent years, many people still feel unhappy about the condition of hair loss. It affects not only their self-confidence but also their relationships, career and personal life.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Some people would do their best to resolve this problem. One available solution is hair transplant surgery. In this surgery, the scalp hair and hair follicles from an area with hair are transferred to those parts where there is baldness or thinning hair.
The surgery makes use of a tube-like instrument to remove the hair and follicles. This instrument is called punch graft. A scalpel may also be used as an alternative to the punch graft. The openings made to remove the hair are closed using stitches. The hair strands meanwhile are inserted into the tiny holes in the scalp's bald areas.
The wonderful thing about this surgery is that it produces a natural look, unlike the one you get when you wear a toupee or wig. However, most patients have to undergo several surgeries before they are able to achieve desired results. So that healthy circulation of blood is maintained, the transplanted hair strands are spaced apart during the first surgery. More hair grafts fill these spaces in the following surgeries.
So How Do You Know if the Surgery is Right for You?
One of the things that you should think about regarding this matter is the fact that the success of the surgery depends on how many healthy hairs you have. If you have completely gone bald, you may need to consider another form of hair loss treatment. You should also keep in mind that several surgeries may be necessary to get the hair coverage that you desire. If you're not willing to undergo surgeries or you don't have the budget for these, then this is not right for you.
It's also a must to be aware of the risks involved in a hair transplant surgery. Risks of this type of surgery include:
- excessive bleeding
- unnatural look of patchy hair pattern
- death of hair follicles after the transplant
If there is death of hair follicles, no new hair will grow out. You should be ready for these possible risks if you're going to undertake this surgery.