A hair transplant is a surgical procedure to improve baldness.
A hair transplant is a process in which a plastic or dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon generally moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. Hair transplants typically happen in a medical office under local anesthesia.
Pattern baldness is responsible for the majority of hair loss. This comes down to genetics. The remaining cases are due to a variety of factors, including:
Are there different types of hair transplants?
There are two types of transplant procedures: slit grafts and micrografts.
Slit grafts contain 4 to 10 hairs per graft. Micrografts contain 1 to 2 hairs per graft, depending on the amount of coverage needed.
Who might benefit from a hair transplant?
Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence. Good candidates for a hair transplant include:
- men with male pattern baldness
- women with thinning hair
- anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury
Hair replacement isn’t a good option for:
- women with a widespread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
- people who don’t have enough “donor” hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
- people who form keloid scars after injury or surgery
- people whose hair loss is due to medication such as chemotherapy
What are the complications associated with a hair transplant?
Side effects from a hair transplant are usually minor and clear up within a few weeks.
They can include:
- swelling of the scalp
- bruising around the eyes
- numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
- unnatural-looking tufts of hair