Other side-effects include temporary swelling of the forehead and temples, typically for less than a week, and decreased sensitivity on top of the head for a few weeks or months after the procedure.
8. Hair transplants can be performed on eyebrows, too.
The top of the head isn’t the only area that can benefit from a hair transplant. Eyebrows have become increasingly popular as a spot to transfer follicles — and you may be surprised where the donor hair can come from. “We have performed a number of leg hair to eyebrow transplants to take advantage of the growth cycle of that particular hair type,” Wesley says. However, even though a few rare cases of scalp-focused hair transplants have used beard and chest hair as donor areas, the vast majority of hair transplants use another part of the scalp.
Ultimately, the decision to get a hair transplant is a personal one to be made between a patient and qualified surgeon, and that decision should be both well-informed and made without any shame or embarrassment.
Hair Transplant History
Surgical hair transplantation has manifested in many forms over the past several decades but one factor has remained constant; hair transplant surgery is still, by far, the most reliable option for achieving quantifiable and consistent results for treating hair loss. This references the ability to grow hair where once there was no hair and is not intended to imply cosmetic outcomes. This greatly depends on the type of hair loss as not all forms of hair loss can justify surgical intervention. The history of hair transplant surgery is longer than most people may realize. There are references to very crude forms of hair transplant surgery as far back as the 1800’s. Dr. Menahem Hodara of Istanbul, Turkey performed the first documented hair transplant experiment in 1897. The experiment included the transplantation of hair from one part of the patient’s scalp to another area that had developed scarring alopecia due to a fungal condition known as Favus. The hair did not appear to be surgically harvested but rather was cut and refined into smaller strands of 1mm to 4mm in length. Dr. Hodara prepared the recipient zone by cutting into the scar tissue and placing the strands of hair into the incisions. He then covered the recipient area with a type of plaster for a period of four weeks. After the plaster was removed he noted some remaining hair and subsequent growth. Dr. Hodara conducted at least two more hair transplant experiments and the news of his efforts was an exciting development in the media but he never received widespread recognition and credit by his peers.