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What is hair transplantation?

People suffer from pattern baldness for various reasons, heredity leading the list. Stress, disease and harmful medication too can result in male pattern baldness and hair transplantation is the most effective solution for it. The process involves transplantation of the scalp’s hair-bearing portion onto the bald area. Thanks to recent technological advances hair transplantation is today considered one of the most convenient and affordable methods of medical hair restoration. No wonder it is so popular among the balding masses, though there are several alternatives to the hair transplantation method of medical hair restoration. Intake of Propecia is a prominent one.

History of hair transplantation
The first hair transplantation surgery was conducted in Japan around the 1930s, using small grafts to treat damaged eyebrows and lashes. But hair transplantation to treat pattern baldness drew scant attention during the War years. It was not till the American dermatologist Orentreich used free donor grafts on bald areas in the 1950s that it drew the attention of the world medical fraternity. Orentreich proved that donor grafts not only survived in the recipient areas, but actually thrived there, just as if they were natural hair. Initially surgeons transplanted only small grafts, measuring not more than 2 to 4 mm. But subsequently surgeons in Brazil came up with “micrografting” and “minigrafting” techniques, which are now familiar to us as follicular unit transplantation.

Pre-surgery precautions
Before hair transplantation can begin the patient gets to choose between single and multiple sessions. The surgeon also provides a list of dos and don’ts: s/he must stay off alcohol and medicines not prescribed by him.

Post-operative care
The operated area must not be exposed to sunlight for some days after the surgery and shampoos and chemicals shunned. It sometimes happens that the displaced hair starts falling off from the recipient zone. This should not frighten you, it being part of the process of hair restoration. Regrowth resumes a few months later.

After hair transplantation the patient loses hair only in areas where no hair had been transplanted. Some people start with medication, and not finding it effective enough move on to the hair transplantation treatment. It is the only permanent method of hair restoration on the scalp.

Cost of hair transplants
The cost of hair transplants depends on where you get it done and the surgeon’s fees. The average cost of hair transplants ranges between $3 and $10 per graft and the number of grafts needed depends on the size of the balding area. Usually patients need between 500 and 2000 grafts, their cost ranging between $1500 to $20,000.

The medical charges in hair transplantation treatment depends on how skilled the surgeon is and where you get it done.

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