What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is the surgical procedure which involves the removal of hairs from donor areas, commonly the back and sides of the head, which are then transplanted to other areas that are thinning or balding. Because the hairs removed from the donor area are not susceptible to baldness, they will continue to grow for a lifetime once transplanted
Androgenic Alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and is known more readily in men as male pattern baldness. It is a progressive disease which, once begun, worsens with age. There are several factors which lead to the onset of this condition, including genetics, age, and the presence of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Follicular unit grafting is the most modern and state-of-the-art procedure for hair transplantation. Hair naturally grows in groupings of one to three, and sometimes four, hairs which are called follicular units. Grafts are individually cut under the microscope, and as many as 2500 of these grafts can be transplanted during a single procedure, which typically lasts anywhere between three and six hours.
Virtually all patients report that the hair restoration process involves very little, if any, discomfort.
Patients can range in age from 21 to 80, though since hair loss is not limited to a particular age range, hair transplantation really has no minimum age requirement. Regardless of age, the best thing to do is address your hair loss as soon as possible.
Most hair transplants average between one and three sessions, though the number will depend upon the density of existing hair present in the balding area and the density desired. Further sessions can be required for some patients.