HEAD AND NECK
Hair transplant surgery involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing skin, usually from the posterior scalp, and relocating the hair follicles to to a bald or thinning area.
Hair loss is often a combination of causes, with scientific proof existing for only the following
Family history of baldness
As a rule, the earlier one starts balding, the more severe the baldness will become.
All hair transplant techniques use existing hair and the goal of the procedure is to efficiently use existing hair to augment areas of thinning hair or baldness. For hair transplant surgery, one needs adequate and healthy hair growth at the posterior scalp (back of the head).
There are limitations as to what may be accomplished with hair transplant surgery and individuals with very little hair would be advised by Dr Sofianos to not undertake hair transplant surgery.
Hair transplant surgery is performed under sedation and local anaesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. The back of the head will serve as the donor area and is trimmed short so it can be easily accessed and removed. Dr Sofianos will remove a thin strip of this hair-bearing scalp, which is then divided into tiny grafts and transplanted to the area of balding. A combination of slits and holes is created in this area, and these receive the transplanted hair. The donor site is stitched in multiple layers and results in a straight-line scar that is usually concealed within the surrounding hair.
After the surgery, the scalp is gently cleansed and covered with a dressing and pressure bandage. This pressure bandage is removed after 48 hours. Patients typically return to work a week post-operatively.
Multiple surgical sessions may be required to achieve satisfactory fullness of hair in the balding area, and a healing interval of 3 to 6 months is usually required between each session. Consequently, it may take up to two years before the final result is achieved.