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Balding is a condition that affects a large group of men, and a few women too, and can be a devastating blow to one’s confidence. Hair loss can occur at any time in your life, for various reasons and with traumatic consequences for those afflicted. Fortunately, the highly skilled and passionate surgeons at Medical Hair Restoration know exactly how to restore your flowing mane. We’ve already successfully performed over 6000 procedures.
When it comes to hair surgery options, transplantation is a popular solution. At Medical Hair Restoration, this minor procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in our fully equipped theaters.
Nowadays, there are plenty of remedies for balding and thinning tresses. These new breakthroughs owe their success to fact that the transplanted hair follicles behave in the same way as they did in their original site.
Fortunately, even in advanced cases of male pattern baldness, a horseshoe-shaped fringe of hair remains. Surgeons can now move follicles from this hairy area to the bald pate, where the roots will settle and sprout.
How Hair Surgery Works
Before your transplantation surgery, you’re given a mild tranquilliser to minimise anxiety and reduce discomfort. The donor and recipient areas also receive a local anaesthetic, administered through a very small-gauge needle. From there, the process is very simple, consisting of just a few steps:
- A sample of hair-bearing skin is taken from the areas of your head that experience consistent growth.
- The donor hair is then dissected into tiny grafts, each of which contains two to three strands.
- These sections are placed into tiny slits in the bare recipient area. Your body’s natural ‘glue’ anchors the new patches in place within minutes.
- Donor areas are sutured closed, and stitches are removed 10 to 12 days after the procedure.
What to Expect
With this cosmetic surgery, a minimal amount of bleeding is to be expected. Of great comfort to many patients is the way that the hair surrounding the donor area completely camouflages the stitches. We recommend leaving the hair in this area at least three to five centimetres long to ensure the best coverage.
In the weeks following your treatment, the transplanted hair will fall out, leaving the viable follicles in a dormant state. About three to four months after the restoration surgery, this hair will slowly start to grow back, and continue to do so indefinitely.
It’s important to remember that full results will be apparent only eight months to one year later.
To ensure that your scalp is ready for hair surgery, Medical Hair Restoration professionals assess your head and recommend a few pre-op exercises. Most often, these quick and easy workouts promote scalp laxity or elasticity, loosening the skin on your head to improve its response to treatment, and post-op recovery time.
In order to prepare for your hair transplant surgery, we highly recommend scalp laxity exercises. Not only are they easy enough to do at home, or even behind your office desk, they’re effective in preparing your graft sites for the procedure.
Head elasticity varies according to person but, even if you have a tight scalp, you can ensure that this area is conditioned to respond well to tension. Simply put, the looser and more pliable your skin is, the smoother your hair loss treatment and healing process will be. With a few simple exercises, you can make sure you get the most from your surgery.
The Importance of Preparation
At your initial consultation, the doctor will assess your scalp and recommend the best pre-op scalp laxity exercises for your skin. However, all prospective patients can benefit from preparing the graft area, regardless of how loose the skin on their heads is.
In addition to facilitating the harvest of more than one graft at a time, boosting your laxity levels has other advantages, such as:
- More available tissue to transplant
- Fewer procedures required to complete the treatment
- A shorter period of recovery
- Smaller post-op scars
Your Simple Guide to Scalp Laxity
These pre-op exercises are easy to perform. What’s more, they’re not physically demanding and only take a few minutes. For optimum results, we recommend you do them twice a day.
It’s important to focus most of your efforts on the back of your head, where grafts are most often sourced, but be sure to massage your whole pate.
This three-step approach is the easiest way to prepare your skin:
- Position your palms firmly on the back of your scalp, just above the boney bulge
- Pull your hands forward, gently massaging and stretching the graft-area skin
- Be careful to avoid letting your fingers simply glide over the hair
Patients can begin these pre-op treatments weeks or months before surgery, as they have no negative effects.
Give your donor area the right start by improving the stretch and elasticity of your scalp. If you have further questions about thinning hair, or how to prepare for your op, contact us today.
Newly transplanted hair is delicate and has to be protected during the first two weeks after surgery. To ensure you don’t accidentally dislodge a follicle, Medical Hair Restoration surgeons carefully explain exactly what to avoid doing before your sutures are removed. Thereafter, you can safely resume your normal activities.
It is highly recommended that patients who are undergoing hair replacement treatment refrain from heavy exercise for ten to fourteen days after the surgery. Patients may wear loose-fitting hats directly after their hair restoration surgery, but hard hats or tight-fitting helmets are not recommended for two weeks. The transplanted hair is delicate and needs to be kept safe, as there is always the danger of the new follicles being ripped out due to excessive strain. However, after the sutures have been removed, all normal activity can be resumed safely.
The scalp may be gently shampooed from the third day after transplantation. Direct stimulation of the head helps to keep the blood flowing, which in turn, stimulates and assists in the new hair growth. We give full written instructions which go on to explain the pre- and postoperative routine in detail and these are given to all patients prior to all surgical hair restoration procedures.