Hair Transplant

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About Hair Transplants

For many men, hair loss can be a staggering blow to one's ego. After all, whether you'd like to admit it or not, vitality and manliness can be judged by whether or not someone has a full head of hair. More than that, men are not immune to being concerned about their appearance, and the same way that women may be self-conscious about gaining weight or having breasts that they feel aren't the right size, men can be very embarrassed about their hair loss.

While previous attempts at hair replacement therapy, like hair plugs, weren't as effective as most would hope, there are new versions off hair transplant surgery that offer markedly improved results with less time spent on the operating table and in recovery. A relatively nonintrusive procedure, getting a hair transplant does not require as much actual surgery as other cosmetic procedures, meaning that there is less of a risk for complications and less time needed to heal fully and properly.

A hair transplant works like any other transplant: the recipient, the person seeking the hair, receives a transplant of skin that contains hair follicles from an individual--the donor--who has a great deal of follicles. The same technique can be used for other parts of the body than the scalp, such as when accidents and surgery result in scars where hair can no longer grow. Today's most successful version of a hair transplant is known as Follicular Unit Transplantation. In this form of transplant, hair is harvested from a donor in follicular units, which is one to four hairs each, and then grafted to the patient's head. The surgery can be performed with local anesthesia or sedation, and is considered more successful because one's head will actually continue to grow hair, thanks to the follicles, with a look that is far more natural than previous transplant technologies.

Today's hair transplants require minimal recovery time, meaning that the procedure will not have you on your back for weeks afterwards. Depending on what your conversation with your surgeon yields, you might decide to have all of the transplants done in a single session, or you might prefer to split things into different sessions. It is important to bring in photographs of your hair the way that it once was, and the way that you want it, and to discuss your hopes and expectations so that your surgeon can better outline the procedure and what you can expect the results to be.

Hair Transplants Abroad

Before having a hair transplant, it is important to follow your doctors orders and refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages or undergoing any other activities that might reduce the chances that your body will willingly accept the transplant. With costs in certain countries like the UK, the US, and Canada so high, many people are instead heading to Colombia and Argentina, where high-quality hair transplant surgery can be had at a fraction of the cost.

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