Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hair Replacement

Today’s hectic lifestyles, stress and drugs lead to hair loss in most people. This hair loss is diagnosed according to its cause and the which may be a change in hormones, aging or heredity. In such cases hair replacement systems may be suggested as a treatment.
Hair replacement for men and women is surgery considered to be a reconstructive form of treatment, and is covered by health insurance. Once you and your doctor decide that weighing the benefit and cost hair replacement is the best choice to help your hair loss problem, your doctor will refer you to a competent plastic surgery to implement the procedure. However though hair replacement surgery may enhance your appearance and self confidence, you may not be happy with the results. So make sure you discuss your expectations with the surgeon before venturing into hair replacement for men or women.

You can undergo hair replacement if you have healthy hair growth on the back and sides of your head as these patches of hair act as donor areas where grafts and flaps of hair are taken. Even hair color, texture and waviness or curliness of your hair play an important part in your hair replacement surgery.

There are numerous hair replacement techniques used in surgery where sometimes two or more techniques are used to get the best results from the surgery. Transplant techniques like mini-grafts, micro-grafts, slit grafts, punch grafts and strip grafts are better for patients needing a modest change in their hair fullness. However, those who need a more dramatic change should try out flaps, scalp reduction and tissue expansion. People with very little hair are better off avoiding hair replacement surgery.

Hair replacement surgery is safe if done by a qualified and experienced physician. However as different people differ in their physical reactions and healing abilities, it is rather difficult to predict the outcome of hair replacement in men and women. Moreover, like all surgical procedures, there is a chance of an infection taking place, excessive bleeding and scars occurring with hair replacement.

There is also a risk of hair grafts ‘not taking’ in the hair replacement system. Although hair in the plugs tend to fall out in its new location, sometimes the skin plug may die, and thus the need of a repetition of the hair replacement surgery. There may be small bumps on the transplanted area of the scalp which can be camouflaged using surrounding hair.