Hair Restoration Surgery Facts

Hair Restoration Surgery Facts

Baldness treatments are one of the number one cosmetic surgery concern is the US and Europe. The question is Why? Why would someone spend thousands of dollars to get hair growing on a bald spot on their head? I think it is because hair loss is seen as an ailment for old men and no one wants to admit that they will get old one day. We want to keep the illusion of youth as long as possible and one way to keep this illusion is to do what ever it takes to keep a youthful looking head of hair.

If you already have bald spots or maybe even full baldness there is only one effective method to get hair growing in the balding area again and that is to transplant healthy hair follicles from one area of the scalp to the bald area. When men suffer from male pattern baldness, the number one cause of hair loss, then tend to lose the hair at the front hair line, top of the head, and crown area. This leaves the back of the head with good hair growth which can be harvested to fill in the bald areas. When a cosmetic surgeon performs hair restoration surgery he or she will remove hair follicles from this area and insert them into the balding scalp.

There are actually four types of hair transplants or hair grafts to choose from. The first is the slit graft. This consists of a slit of scalp that is removed from the donor area and inserted into an incision in the balding area. Each of these grafts contain about 30 hairs. This graft technique is fairly obvious because of the large size of the graft and the fact that it is a straight line. The second type of graft is the rounded punch graft. This contains about ten hair units and is more natural looking than the slit style. It still can be noticeable though.

The two most unnoticeable grafting techniques are known as mini-grafts and micro-grafts. The mini-graft will contain 4 hairs usually and appears quite natural. But, for the most natural look a patient should go for the micro-graft. These are actual follicular groups with between one to three hairs. These grafts are the same size as natural occurring follicle groups so they are almost unnoticeable even upon close inspection.

Of course the per graft cost increases as you go down the scale to smaller and smaller units. Also, it takes more grafts to cover the bald area. But the micro-grafting technique does give a better result for hair loss restoration. If you can afford it this is definitely the way to go.