Do I need Hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that aims to reinvigorate areas of the scalp that are affected by baldness or a more or less intense hair thinning process. How will you decide that you need hair transplantation?
First of all, it is not a synthetic hair implant (own or a donor) that are devoid of a regrowth activity. The actual transplant should be more properly defined as micro-transplantation hair (Follicular Hair Transplantation). But it is still usual to talk more simply about hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation is a surgery that is based on the use of skin fragments that the doctor transferred, from areas of the head where the hair is thicker, to areas where the thinning of the hair is most noticeable. For this type of operation, live follicles of the subject undergoing the operation must be used; it is not possible to use bulbs from a donor.
At present, hair transplantation is the most effective solution in case the subject is suffering from hair bulb atrophy. There are also pharmacological solutions. Just as minoxidil or finasteride, but the improvement induced by these substances is linked to the presence of hair follicles that. Although not healthy, they are still viable.
Fortunately, the bulbs that the surgeon transplanted in areas affected by thinning or baldness maintain their life cycle in the region where they are resistant to the phenomenon of falls. Hair transplantation is, therefore, unlike other solutions, a definitive treatment.
However, it is good to remember that baldness is a phenomenon that tends to get worse with time. A hair transplant operation may not solve the problem that may arise in other areas of the head.
The current intervention techniques are much better than they were in the second half of the 20th century. Transplantation interventions were not always optimal. They were quite invasive and raw and often the result left something that you desire. The most widely used technique was FUT. In fact, an action was taken by taking a portion of the scalp from the nape of the neck, dissecting it in several “islands” that contained many follicular units, after which it was implanted in the area affected by thinning or baldness. However, the results were often unnatural (doll effect) and in some cases you may see scars.
Modern current techniques also make it possible to better orient the management of the plant than they’ve done a few years ago. Thanks to micro-plants, it is possible to follow the direction of natural growth. This allows for results of remarkable naturalness and free of permanent post-operative injuries.
The main advantage of the hair transplant is that the treated areas will not require further treatment. While the disadvantage is that the amount of hair that can be taken from the donor area is not always sufficient to cover, with an intervention alone, the area affected by thinning or baldness.
You have hair transplant surgery outpatient under local anesthesia. The surgent divides donor area into several very small portions. Then takes a strip (follicles) containing one to four hairs from the scalp. We proceed with the suturionation of the donor area and anesthetizes the receiving area. Then, using micro-scalpels, they prepare the sites intended to receive follicular units. After the surgery, the duration of which depends on the size of the bald area, the patient can return to their home.
There are some contraindications to hair transplantation. The person that is to want to get results that is not objectively possible to obtain through the surgical technique.
Other contraindications are a donor area of amplitude and density insufficient to find an adequate amount of follicular units. Excessively thin hair, a predisposition to hypertrophic scarring, from the clotting defects, the presence of diabetes or serious scalp conditions (such as scar alopecia), etc.
What happens after hair transplant surgery?
After the hair transplant operation, the patient will take antibiotic medications and possibly painkillers for a few days. Some people experience headaches after surgery. After about two weeks you can remove the suture. It is normal, for a few days, to notice the presence of small crusts in the area affected by the intervention.
The regrowth of the transplanted follicles will begin after about three months. Considering the hair grows on average one cm per month. To sum up, you will notice the first aesthetic benefits after about 7-8 months.
How much does a hair transplant cost?
In conclusion, the prices of a transplant vary depending on the structure you are targeting, the difficulty of the case. And, of course, also depending on the size of the area you have treatment. We should point out that, for results of a certain level of quality, it is generally necessary to undergo more than one sitting. Since a single session has prices ranging from about 2,500 to 7,000 euros. It is immediate to deduce that, depending on the case, you can get to spend figures of some importance.