Hair Transplant: Getting to the Root

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Posted on : October 14, 2016 | Category : Hair Transplant | Author: John Kahen

It seems like not even a month goes by without having another male celebrity share their experience with hair transplant surgery. Hair transplant clinics that are partnering up with celebrities for endorsement partnerships are a growing trend nowadays.  It’s estimated that annually 10,000 men are resorting to surgical help to aid them with their hair loss and hair thinning issues.  Hair-loss clinics are sprouting all over town at a very alarming rate.  Professionals such as dentists are getting involved in hair replacement practices to help restore follicular fortunes.

So, how can potential patients know if they qualify for follicular hair transplant  If so, how to qualify a doctor?

The qualifying factors for being a candidate for hair transplant surgery are basically two;  follicular hair transplant involves transplanting hair from areas of relative excess such as the back of the head or in some cases the sides to the top of the head. The other determining factor is being at the lower end of the scale that way you will have ample supply for the demand.  Not all male hair loss meets this criterion.

Male pattern hair loss is measured in seven stages called the Norwood scale, after Dr. O’Tra Norwood, the American dermatologist who explained in the 1970s.  Men at the lower end of the scale do very well with hair transplant procedures, while men on the higher end — the demand may outstrip the supply.

It’s imperative to think about the future when considering hair replacement surgery due to the fact that male pattern baldness is progressive.  A skillful doctor will let you know when is cool to operate and when it’s not.

A single hair transplant operation requires anywhere between 4,000 — 5,000 grafts of hair follicles.  The donor's hair is removed from the back of the head by a linear horizontal incision then the experienced surgical team carefully dissects each follicular unit that will then be gently placed in the tiny incisions created to be placed one by one.

This process can take hours, that is why this surgery has to be done by a qualified surgeon that has the level of experience to do this well.