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When the going gets tough, the tough get going. In the parlance of the “shiny-headed folks”, or people suffering from balding, “when the balding gets too extreme, get prepped for surgery”.
Hair transplantation for the longest time has been viewed as the “final frontier” when it comes to remedying scalps that have given up. However, an innovative new approach in hair transplantation has allowed surgeons to give patients a better experience, and better results.
CONVENTIONAL HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Traditional approaches in hair transplants often result in some scarring, coupled with cobblestone textures in the scalp. Sometimes, the resulting head of hair also looks too artificial to provide immediate comfort to the balding person.
These minor consequences of traditional hair transplantation get in the way of what doctors call “genuine satisfaction” after surgery.
THE “SECOND WAY”
The problems of traditional “hair surgery” just might disappear completely, with the advent of a new approach. Combining methods from the old approach with microsurgical approaches, the new method of hair transplantation promises less discomfort and better results.
According to Carlos Oscar Uebel of the Plastic Surgery Clinic in Porto Alegre, in Brazil:
"Microsurgery enables the surgeon to minimize problems. My work specifically is based on the use of micro-graft and mini-graft hair transplantation. Micro-graft is a section of one or two hair follicles or bulbs. Mini-graft is a section of three or four bulbs."
HOW IT’S DONE?
After the use of local anesthesia, the surgeon would proceed to cutting off a “donor site” for the scalp. Usually, the region near the back of the neck exhibits a superior life span than other regions of the scalp.
Hair roots are then extracted from the “donor site”. What happens next is the trickiest part. The “donor site” is then literally cut into tiny strips, for transplantation. The bald spots on the scalp are isolated and bestowed the donor strips, which are two to three millimeters thick only.
According to Katerina Santiago, a surgeon who supports the innovative approach:
“The entire procedure can be completed in two or three hours. There are no stitches involved in planting the grafts, and, in most cases, patients can return to work the next day."
When the operation is completed, the patient is then required to wear a head bandage for the next two days. This will allow the scalp to heal unabated, and will increase the chances of success.
An antiseptic shampoo will then be used to wash the newly transplanted scalp. It is important to use only clean water and a specially formulated medical shampoo to ensure that the there would be no infections.
What is the main difference between this approach and the traditional approach? The main difference is that the grafting involves roots and follicles, rather than actual hair. A more natural look emerges because the scalp is allowed to grow the hair naturally over a longer period of time.
What results is a more natural look, and fewer chances of uneven growths throughout the affected bald areas.
According to Uebel:
"The patient can repeat the process at one-year intervals. This allows the follicles from previous grafts to fully germinate and reduces risk of disturbing those transplanted before."