All about hair transplant procedures
Are you worried about a receding hairline and are you considering a hair transplant?
If this is you, but you have no clue about the procedure, read on to find out more. Hair transplantation replaces one’s lost hair or hairline by moving hair follicles from the body called the ‘donor site’ to the balding part known as ‘recipient site. It only involves the use of local anesthesia during the procedure and doesn’t cause much discomfort. Patients can even watch TV or take a nap during the surgery. Here are the various steps involved in a hair transplant procedure.
There are many things that need to be considered during hair transplantation. The surgeon has to consider several things such as the colour, quality and density of the donor hair. Planning the hairline is the most important step in the procedure. He analyses the face and then sets the hairline. These small things can affect the final result.
Pre surgery procedure
The patient has to shampoo his/her hair with a surgical scrub a day before the surgery as well as on the morning of the surgery.
Donor area preparation
The hair follicles have to be removed from the donor area. For this, the donor area is prepared by trimming the length of two to four mm which is then followed by injecting the local anesthesia. The area is then allowed to swell up by injecting normal saline to the entire area and after about 10 to 20 minutes, the patient is ready for surgery.
Donor tissue is removed
The surgeon then removes the hair tissue from the donor area. These tissues contain the hair follicles that will be used to make permanent hair restoration possible. The surgeon will then suture the donor area. These sutures will be removed in about 10 days after the transplant surgery.
Hair graft preparation
The donor strips are divided into their follicle grouping, where each unit will comprise a few hair follicles. They will undergo several procedures before the graft is finally declared ready for placement. The patients can relax during this time.
Preparation of the recipient area and graft insertion
Local anesthesia is again injected to the recipient area. The surgeon will then make several incisions on that area, one for each follicle unit. He has to pay special attention to the location, angle and depth of each unit. It is very important that the result achieved should look natural and therefore, will need careful and skilled expertise. The graft insertion may take about five to six hours.