We know that hair loss represents one of the most important concerns for many men from a certain age, and even women (although these represent a smaller number).
There are several causes that can significantly affect a person’s self-esteem and safety: either through pregnancy or breastfeeding; hair loss due to severe stress, specific pathologies, a vitamin deficit due to poor nutrition or the intake of certain medications.
But the reality is that in terms of statistics 95% suffer from androgenetic alopecia (the most common), being all these situations responsible and resulting in total hair loss gradually.
Luckily, aesthetic advances have meant that this condition can be positively reversed by means of hair grafting. Today we are going to learn more about this technique, which is becoming a safer and more viable option for many men and women.
What does hair micrografting or hair transplantation really consist of?
Although its name reads very complicated, we must tell you that it is a minimally invasive and ambulatory surgery. Its main purpose is to obtain hair in a natural way without the influence of hormones, that is to say, the hair at the nape of your neck, and to implant it in the areas of your head that are bald or uninhabited.
The follicles extracted from the nape of the neck, even if they change location, still retain their property, which guarantees that they are resistant to androgenetic alopecia, guaranteeing the success of your new hair.
The hair graft, over time, has improved to facilitate the process to the patient and begins with the extraction of a strip of scalp or follicular entities (called “FUT Technique (FUSS)”) that lies in making an incision in the region of your neck to obtain a band of skin with hair.
Then, it is distributed in small groups of 1 to 3 hairs and then implanted in your bald areas, resulting in a prominent number of follicles full of hair in a single session.
Can everyone get a hair graft – and their own hair -?
One of the advantages most admired by its followers is that this technique leaves no scars. Its main success is that if your hair is not strong enough to be grafted you can opt for a hair donor who does have the dense and strong consistency needed to meet the physical needs and expectations of this procedure.
Another important point is that not everyone is a candidate for a hair implant. This is what the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) pointed out, since a previous study of the patient must be carried out in order to guarantee his or her good health.
There are some cases of excess bleeding, infection or scarring problems in the patient. In view of this, the NIH clarifies that patients must be in good health in order for the transplant to be safe.
There are 4 recommendations that everyone should know before making the decision and undergoing this procedure, in order to know if they are really good candidates to have a hair transplant.
4 Tips to know if you are a good candidate for a Hair Transplant
- BY AGE: Patients ranging from 18 to 25 years are not good candidates because their hair loss began very early and will continue to progress over time. The surgeon could not determine how much hair he will lose in the future so the proportions of the transplant would be unreal.
- BY SEX: We must take into account that the baldness of a man and a woman are different. In men the alopecic zones are located, whereas in women they are much more diffuse.
- FOR CAPILLAR LOSS: The greater the hair loss, the better the results the surgeon will have because the implant will be placed on the correct surface.
- TYPE OF HAIR: Thick, strong hair with a good amount of melanin is the one with the best consistency and is ideal for a hair transplant. Smooth hair is not the best option.
Real Hair Graft Benefits
Having the opportunity to return to that dream hair that you once had, without a doubt, will positively boost your self-esteem. And even more when you tried all the existing methods to combat or cover baldness. However, there are many benefits that will help you make the final decision.
- You can be your own donor. This is a great advantage since there is no rejection.
- The grafting process is very fast. It is you who decides the minimum and maximum graft, including the sessions you want the treatment to be divided.
- Local anesthesia is used, so you won’t suffer side effects and you don’t run any risks.
- You forget to use toupée, dyes, etc. and to spend uncomfortable moments, since the graft will do all the work and nobody will be able to notice that it is not your usual hair.
However, within so many benefits there is always a negative factor that we can not fail to name.
- The high cost of hair transplant can be a factor that discourages many people from making the final decision. It really is the starting point and everything depends on it. Each case is different because of the amount of alopecia the patient has.
- It is a 100% personalized budget made by the surgeon.
- The value of the hair graft oscillates depending on your case and the clinic you choose, but it always includes the consultation, the whole procedure of the surgery, as well as the material and the hours invested in the procedure.
As we mentioned before, the hair graft is not an intervention full of difficulties, but it is full of many details in the division, elaboration and implementation of each “hair to hair” graft. For this reason, it would be impossible to establish a fixed time since each case is special and depends on the proportion of the work required by each patient.
Postoperative Care after a Hair Graft
- You should know that after the transplant you will not have to carry out any difficult procedure. The first two days you will feel a slight discomfort in the region of the donor hair (the nape of the neck) but it is not something that is very painful.
- It is normal that 12 hours after the operation there may be some edema in the forehead or facial swelling in the case that you have tilted your head too much, since the anesthesia used usually comes down from the scalp due to gravity. This is something that disappears over the days.
- You will need to do daily treatments with physiological saline.
- You will not be able to wash your head for the first few days, as on the third day approximately you will begin to see how the scalp of the affected area becomes red and you will notice very small scabs. This means that each placed graft is developing satisfactorily.
- In the first week, you will probably have to take antibiotics and analgesics to avoid some kind of infection.
- Take a little rest in the comfort of your home for at least the first 36 hours. Rest will be a resounding success in your recovery.
- You should discard the swimming pool, beach, training, or sunbathing for at least the first month postoperatively.
- From the second week, you can wash the area of the graft only with a neutral soap that allows you to clean the area without altering the area with any chemical compound that may irritate you.
Hair grafting is a process that is carried out at the time of making the first implant. However, to begin to observe the final results you must take a great deal of patience since the implanted follicles take five to six months to start producing new hair.
In other words, it is not instantaneous. You will progressively observe how it increases hair consistency. After 12 months you can enjoy your new look. The transplanted hair will grow in the usual period and you will have to cut and comb as usual.
We must understand that when we come across these innovative methods, going with an open mind is the best option. We know that complex aesthetic treatments, such as hair surgeries, in this case, involve costs. But, we also know that they will have a beneficial result in our lives.
Getting in contact with a hair professional who will guide you and explain in detail the entire hair graft process will be the determining factor for the final decision since it will not only improve your self-esteem but also a better performance in your quality of life.