Hair Loss And Current Surgical Hair Replacement

Friday, 5 June 2009

Hair loss is caused by a variety of reasons. It could be due to some medical conditions, treatment like chemotherapy, scalp disease like psoriasis and a decline in the production of the estrogen hormone, which is usually seen in women after menopause. Whatever the cause may be, thinning hair almost always calls for some concern especially for women who find balding unacceptable in this society where hair is regarded as a woman’s crowning glory and often a basis for beauty.

One radical approach to this problem is surgical hair replacement. This form of treatment is more successful in men because of the pattern of their hair loss; however, such treatment presents less positive results for women because of their rather more diffuse pattern of hair loss. Surgical hair replacement is performed by moving small patches of scalp with healthy follicles to balding areas.

Prior to recent advances, the hair transplantation surgery was not able to give better cosmetic results, which was responsible for it to be unacceptable among the majority of people. The patients were left with unattractive scars, which was the reason for it to be cosmetically inferior. The problem was because the transplantation was done through the use of a 4 mm punch; thus the hair in the middle of these huge grafts showed the tendency to discontinue growing because of the deficiency of oxygen.

Because of these “unattractive results” surgeons are now using smaller kind of grafts that are gathered from the tissue, which are eliminated in strips from the donor and are situated at the back of the scalp. The process of harvesting these donor strips is performed by surgical scalpels rather than using a punch. Sometime in the 1990s, surgeons totally dumped the punch in favor of the knife.This has proven to give successful result in the surgery and more hair loss sufferers are considering the surgical hair replacement.

By: Cherry Bonachita

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