Hair Transplants : UK's 3rd Most Popular Anti Ageing Treatment
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique which has been undertaken by many celebrities including John Travolta, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey and Wayne Rooney. It involves moving hair follicles from a part of the body called the 'donor site' to a bald or balding part of the body known as the 'recipient site'. It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness In this minimally invasive procedure, grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding, (like the back of the head) are transplanted to the bald scalp. Hair transplantation can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair and to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face-lifts and previous hair transplants. Hair transplantation differs from skin graftingin that grafts contain almost all of the epidermis and dermis surrounding the hair follicle, and many tiny grafts are transplanted rather than a single strip of skin.
Since hair naturally grows in groupings of 1 to 4 hairs, current techniques harvest and trnsplant hair "follicular units" in their natural groupings. Thus modern hair transplantation can achieve a natural appearance by mimicking original hair orientation.
Side effects from a hair transplant are usually minor and clear up within a few weeks. They can include:
- swelling of the scalp
- bruising around the eyes
- a crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or implanted
- numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
- inflammation or infection of the hair follicles (folliculitis)
- sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted hair (called shock loss)
- unnatural-looking tufts of hair