Hair Transplant Q&A

by Staff Writer

If you have questions about hair transplants, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some common questions and answers about the hair transplant procedure. Remember that you should discuss all your questions and concerns with a qualified AHLA recommended hair transplant surgeon before you decide to have a hair transplant.

Whose hair will be transplanted onto my head?

Many hair transplant patients believe that a hair transplant works like an organ transplant, complete with donor. In actuality, the hair for a transplant comes from the patient’s own head. This is because your body would reject hair follicles and tissues from another individual.

Where are my donor sites?

In most cases, especially when male and female pattern baldness are the cause of hair loss, the donor site will be the sides and back of the head. In these areas, hair is less affected by Dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that causes male or female pattern baldness. Once moved to the balding areas of the scalp, the hair will continue to grow as though it were still growing from the donor area in the back of the head.

Does the color of my hair or skin affect my hair transplant?

Hair and skin color do not affect a transplant from a technical perspective. However, hair and skin that are closer in shade coloring have better visual results because there is less contrast. This has everything to do with appearance and less to do with the medical procedure itself.

Which part of my head will receive the transplanted hair?

This all depends on your pattern of hair loss . Loss of hair in the hair line is what really affects a persons appearance, so the logical place to begin to transplant hair would be into the hairline in order to frame the face. Since their is a finite amount of DHT resistant donor hair that can be utilized for a hair transplant most skilled and ethical har transplant surgeons will leave the crown for last just in case the patient needs to have more hair placed behind the hairline if the patient’s hair loss progresses

Will I need more than one procedure?

Several factors come into play when determining how many procedures you will need:

• Extent of hair loss
• Projected hair loss
• Amount of donor hair available
• Artistic considerations

With today’s state of the art hair transplant techniques fewer sessions are usually needed since thousands of hair follicles can be moved in a single session. Many men will be satisfied with a single procedure but some men will require two or more to be satisfied.

Remember that hair transplant surgery is not for everyone and there are only a handful of truly skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons in the field today.
Check with The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons before choosing a hair transplant surgeon.

You can also ask accepted IAHRS hair transplant surgeons questions about the hair transplant procedure through the IAHRS Info Center.

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Ilian April 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Will hair transplant be a good option for thining hair? Am 58 and for the past year my hair is thinning at the crown a lot.

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