Many people with baldness issues may choose to have a hair transplant, mainly performed from the back of the head, chest and beard. The hair roots can be removed from those different areas during the process. In general, hair transplantation is preferred by people with baldness on the upper part of the head.
Which hair transplantation methods are available?
In hair transplantation, the hair roots are removed by the surgeon to be transplanted to the bald areas. Three methods with their own particularities can be applied.
The removal of hair roots is an important stage in the FUE surgical procedure. All roots are provided by the donor area located on the back of the head in order to be transplanted in the bald area. In addition, local anaesthesia is performed in the donor zone to prevent pain. The hair transplantation process provides an accurate result within one year. There is no suture or scar residue on the donor and recipient zones.
Among the hair transplant procedures, FUT is a procedure consisting of removing a hair stripe from the back of the head. The follicles are examined under a microscope and then separated into roots. With this method, however, a band scar of 10 cm of length can remain on the donor zone of the patient after the hair transplant. Even if all hair transplant methods give final results, the success rate depends on the strength of the root hairs.
This is a transplant method used without shaving the entire head. The root hairs are taken from the donor zone and, then, individually implanted with the special Pen Choi tool in the bald area. The hair transplantation procedure delivers positive results within a year. There are no sutures or scars left on the back of the head.
What should I keep in mind after a hair transplant?
The transplanted area and the root hairs should not constantly rub against the bed sheets nor touch the blanket. In addition, hair transplant patients should prefer pillows with a hard surface. The hair roots should not be in contact with any surface for at least 2 weeks after the transplant. Otherwise, the root hairs might die.
Protection of the root hairs
After a hair transplant, the patient should protect the transplant area from water. The duration of protection is limited to 1 month. For example, swimming, solarium and even sports should be avoided for at least one month in order not to damage to the root hairs and to eliminate the risk of infection.
Applications such as hair masks, shaving and dyeing should be avoided for 30 days. After 45 days, all desired hairdressing services can be used.
The most important factor to consider after a hair transplant is that the root hairs should not be washed for 2 days. The first contact with water should take place 48 hours after the operation. The skin surfaces must also be protected from hard shocks during the washing process. In addition, the entire head area should be dried and the transplanted root hairs, in particular, should not be left wet to avoid the risk of infection through the skin.
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