Hair Transplant Primer - Part II
Hair Transplant FAQ
<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->What is the similarity between hair transplants and organ transplants?
Hair transplants are very unlike organ transplants. Firstly, it is an elective procedure not a life saving operation. Most organ transplants are usually a matter of life or death. This does not lessen the value and great need as self image is an integral part of a person’s self esteem and confidence. In a hair transplant you are your own donor. If you received hair, follicle, and tissue from someone else (other than an identical twin), your body would reject them without immune-suppressant drugs. You donate your hair from what are called your donor sites.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->Where are my donor sites?
Male pattern baldness typical in men is best treated by hair transplant providing a natural, proven and permanentsolution. The word pattern is used because medically we know there is a pattern to the baldness. You've probably noticed, especially in men, that no matter how much hair they lost in the front, top, and crown areas of their heads, the sides and backs of their heads retain hair and sometimes a great deal of it. The sides and back are far less affected by the action of DHT upon their hair follicles. These areas are the donor sites from which the hair you donate to yourself is removed, along with the follicles and some surrounding tissue.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->Where does the surgeon put my donor hair during the transplantation?
Hair extracted from your donor sites is transplanted to the balding parts of your scalp. Tiny incisions are made in the scalp by the medical doctor performing the surgery. The donated hair, hair follicles, surrounding tissue, and skin are called grafts, and each graft contains one or more hair follicles with accompanying hair, tissue, and skin. No two heads are alike, and you will see that the art of hair transplantation is just as important as its science or medical aspects. This is a good reason to research and even use online networks to find a prescreened surgeon at the forefront of hair restoration.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->People have varied levels of thickness naturally. Does this effect one’s ability to have a successful hair transplant?
Hair density is the number of hair follicles you have per square centimeter of scalp. Scalp laxity is the flexibility and looseness of your scalp. More grafts of hair can be transplanted when your density is high and the scalp laxity is high. The beauty of hair transplant as an elective surgery is that the end result reflects the natural look of your own hair; because it is your own hair.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->Does hair transplant surgery change the pattern and direction of hair growth?
Coarse hair is bulkier and can therefore be transplanted using fewer hairs per graft since it gives more coverage of the scalp. Fine hair has fewer bulbs and can give a very natural look but less coverage than coarser hair. Wavy and curly hair lends itself to good visual results in transplantation because a single wavy or curly hair curls on itself and can therefore cover more scalp area than can a straight hair. Curly hair also rises from the scalp and holds its shape, and these factors also give the appearance of greater coverage.
Dr. Mohebi is the medical director of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills; US Hair Restoration Centers and a former research fellow at John Hopkins Medical School. He is also the inventor of the Laxometer II a breakthrough device in the advancement of hair transplant technology.