- What you need to know before getting a hair transplant
- The different types of hair transplant surgeries
- Laser therapy and PRP treatments for hair loss
- Mesotherapy for hair loss
According to a survey carried out by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, there were more than 600,000 hair transplant surgeries performed in 2016 alone. More people, instead of digging deep to find healthier solutions, are opting for hair transplant methods. However, hair transplants have a big price tag and other drawbacks so many people are looking for alternatives to deal with hair loss issues.
Hair transplant in Edmonton
Hair transplantation, whether by follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE) and its variants (robot, punch graft, etc. ), is a surgical treatment that has inherent risks and limits. Hair transplantation, being a surgical operation, does cause some stress to the scalp; requires a critical period of recuperation and healing that is important to achieving effective outcomes; and, as with other grafting procedures, not all hair grafts survive the harvesting and transplantation processes.
Risk of infection
Hair transplants, in general, are a large number of small incisions. No matter how good or vigorous the graft harvest is, the amount of hair that can be transplanted can never match the amount of hair loss. For transplantation, around 1500-3000 grafts can be collected. With a full head of hair containing around 100,000 hairs throughout the early adolescent years and approximately half of that hair being lost when hair loss is first noticed, hair transplants will never be able to replace the complete amount of hair loss. Progression of hair loss also occurs following a transplant. The natural hair density ranges between 35 and 100 hairs per square centimeter, compounding hair transplant difficulties. However, a square centimeter of the scalp has enough blood flow to support no more than twenty transplanted hairs per square centimeter. In other words, hair transplantation is restricted by the total number of grafts extracted and the density of grafts implanted in a specific location during a single transplant session. No matter how experienced surgeons are, errors can still occur such as nerve damage at the target site. There are also chances – although minimal – of suffering from excessive bleeding and infections.