Hair Replacement Transplant Surgery for Men – Its Pros and Cons

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Hair Replacement for Men

Hair replacement for men includes more options than Hair Replacement for Women. Men's hair replacement is possible with the following procedures:

Flap surgery: Flap surgery on the scalp has been performed successfully for more than 20 years now. This hair replacement procedure for men allows for quick coverage of large areas of baldness and is customized for each individual patient. The size of the flap and its placement are largely dependent upon the patient's goals and needs. Scalp flap surgery needs to be conducted by expert surgeons for the best results.

A section of bald scalp is cut out and a flap of hair-bearing skin is lifted off the skull surface while still attached at one end. The hair-bearing flap is brought into its new position and sewn into place, while remaining "tethered" to its original blood supply.

As you heal, you'll notice that the scar is camouflaged-or at least obscured-by relocated hair, which grows to the very edge of the incision.

There have been significant advances in this hair replacement procedure since it was first developed. Modern Flap Techniques now combine flap surgery and scalp reduction for better coverage of the crown; or with Tissue Expansion, to provide better frontal coverage and a more natural hairline.

Scalp Reduction

Scalp Reduction is for coverage of bald areas at the top and back of the head. However, it is not beneficial for coverage of the frontal hairline. The skin surrounding the cut-out area is loosened and pulled, so that the sections of hair-bearing scalp can be brought together and closed with stitches. It is likely that you will feel a strong tugging at this point, and occasional pain until the skin graft settles and heals into place.

The Best Candidates for Hair Replacement

It's important to understand that all hair replacement techniques including the hair transplant surgery use your existing hair. The goal of surgery is to find the most efficient uses for existing hair.

Hair replacement for men can be successful only for the candidates who have a good donor area; a healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head. It is this area from which hair replacement is made, be it the grafts for Hair Replacement Transplant or flaps for scalp reduction surgery.

Other factors, such as hair color, texture and waviness or curliness of the hair may also affect the cosmetic result of the hair replacement. Sometimes, two or more hair replacement techniques offer the best hair replacement for men when used together.

Hair replacement with Hair Transplant Surgery, such as mini-grafts and micro-grafts, are generally performed on patients who desire a more modest change in hair fullness. The plastic surgery procedures that have been discussed above are usually more appropriate for patients who desire a more dramatic change in less time.

Remember, that hair replacement has its own limits. It is very important to be realistic about the outcome of hair replacement surgery. An individual with very little hair cannot have a hair transplant surgery. Similarly, the results of hair replacement surgery can never entirely duplicate a natural look.

Despite the above limitations, there is much in the hand of a cosmetic plastic surgeon and a Hair Transplant Surgeon who using his expertise and aesthetic sense, can do wonders for bald men and women.