Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure performed on men and women who have experienced significant hair loss. It helps to correct androgenetic alopecia, scarring alopecia and other types of permanent alopecia. In some cases, patients with hair loss from lupus, injuries, or other medical problems may be treated with hair transplantation. In a nutshell, hair transplantation involves transferring hair grafts (skin and hair units of 1 to 4 hairs extracted from a single donor strip) from the back and sides of your head (the donor area) to balding or thinng areas where you would like new hair to grow.
When it comes to hair transplant information on the internet or in promotional cd-roms and brochures, the consultation usually receives the least amount of attention. However, since this is first step in the process, and the one in which you alone will play the largest part, the consultation is perhaps the most important step for the individual. The information exchanged during this meeting will outline your goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. The information you receive during this consultation is the only factor you have in choosing either the right clinic or the wrong clinic for you. For more information, read our: Realistic Goals, Your Consultation and Choosing a Doctor pages.
Once you have decided on a clinic and scheduled an appointment, most clinics require blood tests to be performed as required by law. These blood tests will take place approximately 24 to 48 hours before your surgery. If you live far away from the clinic, the blood tests can be performed by your family doctor or a laboratory which then fax the results to your clinic.
After your blood tests are confirmed, the doctor can begin your procedure. Each clinic will give you certain instructions to follow before your surgery which will probably include not to take an aspirin product before the surgery, and not to eat or drink 12 hours prior to surgery. The day of your procedure, patients might be given a small sedative to take.This will help to relax you before the surgery and calm your nerves.
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Once the anesthia has taken affect, the doctor can remove the donor hair grafts which is done using one of two methods in common practice today.
Following the suturing of your donor area or the Follicular Unit Extraction step, you will recline comfortably in the surgery chair as the medical team begins preparing your hair loss affected area for the follicular unit hair grafts to be implanted.
Once the medical team has finished implanting the grafts, the procedure is basically over with. The clinic may keep you there for another hour or so to allow time for the sedative and anesthia to wear off. During this time, your doctor will then go over your post op surgery care with you. He will write you prescriptions for pain, swelling and infection and give you careful instructions on how to take care so that you do not damage the newly implanted hair grafts. See Post Op Recovery for more instruction.