Today’s hair restoration surgeons for cosmetic purposes almost always involve only hair grafts. Large flaps and scalp reduction are rarely practiced for male or female pattern baldness, but they are mainly used for hair loss due to cancer, trauma, or other trauma.
The process of hair transplantation
Since the transplanted hair will remain permanently, the patient can ensure that this hair will not fade over time. However, since the hair remains permanently, the loss of the surrounding non transplanted hair can make the original transplant result less dense over time or even completely unnatural if more sessions are not performed to mask the result.
Think of the scalp as an ever-expanding sheet that needs to be coated with ever thinner paint. The dilemma is at the heart of any hair transplant surgery. A patient aged sixty with minimal hair loss is a very safe candidate because he has been shown to have lost very little hair in longer life and probably will not need additional transplant sessions and should have enough hair to a donor bank to cover new recessions.
In addition to the expanding canvas, the doctor must carefully assess the donor area to work with. The high density of donor’s hair is perhaps one of the most important criteria that can help the doctor orient the patient about the likelihood of a good result and determine how much future paint will be available for painting on canvas. Thicker and curlier donor hair is another
good criterion that will increase the aesthetic density of the result.
The classic hair restoration method is to remove the donor strip from the back of the head under light anesthesia to minimize or eliminate discomfort. If the collection is done carefully and skillfully, the cut line should be barely visible even at close range if the hair remains at least an inch and a half in the donor area. An experienced surgeon at Skyclinic will guide the patient on performing donor closure to ensure the best cosmetic results in the donor area.
While the technicians cut the graft from the donor strip, the surgeon creates recipient sites where the dissected grafts will be placed. The more experienced the surgical team places the grafts in smaller incision sites, the smaller the surgeon can make. In turn, it results in less edema, better graft growth, and a denser transplant result.
The angle, slope, direction, pattern, and distribution are important and reflect the art and skill of the surgeon to create both a natural hair transplant result and achieve maximum hair density with grafts, provided they are available after harvest.
Graft placement involves placing the graft at the recipient sites created by the surgeon. If the grafts are placed with care and attention, they should grow naturally and well. If the grafts are injured during placement, they can be distorted or damaged. If they are inserted too deep, they can lead to pitting. If inserted too high about the skin’s surface, they can become cobblestones or grow poorly.
All these details and many others are necessary to obtain a quality hair transplant result and should be communicated to all potential patients.