Hair transplants have been used in America since the 1950s. Hair transplantation is surgical procedure which involves removing a narrow strip of scalp from the back of the head which has active hair growth and using it to fill a space where hair is thin or not present. Usually, hair transplants will be performed at the doctor's office under local anesthesia.
First, the surgeon cleans the scalp and then injects an anesthetic to numb the region where a strip of scalp will be removed. The strip is usually 3 to 4 inches long. After removing the strip, the surgeon sets it aside and sutures the scalp together. This area will be hidden by the hair surrounding it. Next, the surgeon sections the strip into roughly 500 to 2,000 very small grafts containing a single hair or a few hairs. After the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleanses and numbs the region of scalp where the hair is needed. He will then create holes or slits in the scalp with a needle or scalpel and gently place each graft into one of the holes. The transplant takes roughly four to eight hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Additional sessions may be required if the patient continues to lose hair.
After hair transplant surgery, the scalp may be tender. Patients may require to pain medications for several days. The surgeon will apply a surgical dressing to the scalp which should be worn for at least a day or two. The surgeon might also prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug or antibiotic. Patients can usually return to work after two to five days. Within two to three weeks, the transplanted hair will fall out. This is normal. Patients should see new growth within the next few months. Most patients will have 60% more new hair growth after about six to nine months. Please visit http://dravram.com/ for more details.
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