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Hair Replacement Surgery: Is it Right for You?

Although many people do not think about it as a cosmetic surgery, hair replacement surgery is actually one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for men. While women are out lifting their breasts and faces, men simply want more hair on top of their heads. Hair replacement surgery is fairly simple and straightforward, so if you are embarrassed by your baldness you should talk to your doctor about this option.

Baldness may be cause be a number of factors. First and foremost, if your ancestors were bald, it may simply be a matter of genetics. If this is that case, there is not much you can do to prevent hair loss. However, your personal habits can also contribute to hair loss, so there are things you can do to prevent it as well. If you do lose your hair, hair replacement surgery is a fairly simple procedure.

You should realize that hair replacement surgery will not allow you to have the hair you had as a child. This is simply not possible. It can improve your look, but it is crucial for you to have realistic expectations. You should consult with your doctor at least once or twice before the surgery to make sure that this technique is right for you and will meet your expectations.

To get hair transplant surgery, you must have an area on your body that can serve as the donor location. For most, hair is taking from the back of your head, where it has not fallen out. The skin grafts are cut from this location and relocated carefully to the top of your head. Larger grafts may be up to 15 hairs, but more commonly, the surgeon replaces only two hairs at a time, or, in some cases, a single hair. Slit grafts can also be used, and are basically long thing strips containing around 30 hairs.

After your surgery, you may need more treatment to get the full effect, and some don’t see the results they want for up to two years. Remember that this is a surgery that comes with risks, just like any other surgery. You’ll need local anesthesia in order to numb the skin on your head, and this could provide complications. There’s also the risk of infection. Another drawback is the cost. This is a time consuming procedure, and no matter who your surgeon, it won’t be cheap. However, if you have the money and are prepared to take the risks, hair transplant surgery could be perfect for you.

  © Mirza Rais 2009

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