1. What are some of the causes of baldness?
The general medical term for hair loss is alopecia, but some other common causes are male and female pattern baldness, anagen effluvium and telogen effluvium.
Male hair loss is still largely attributed to genetics, while in women, hair loss is often the result of deficiencies in nutrition; this can generally be cured with the use of nutritional supplements.
2. What is a hair transplant procedure?
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves moving individual hair follicles from the donor site (a healthy, hair bearing site on the scalp, usually the rear and sides, otherwise known as the fringe), to the scalp area where hair has been lost. The donor hair that has been transplanted to the recipient site, will then continue to grow and cover the site of baldness. The newly formed hairs from the transplanted follicles are identical to natural hair and will look no different.
3. Does the hair transplant procedure involve major surgery?
No, hair transplantation is a minor and simple procedure, although it must be performed by a highly skilled surgeon.
4. Is the procedure painful?
No, the surgery is not painful as a local anaesthetic is administered; patients are generally perfectly comfortable and at ease during the procedure and can even read or watch the television while it is being performed.
5. How long does the procedure take?
Most hair transplant procedures are completed within a day, and patients can return home when the surgery is finished.
6. Is hair transplantation costly?
Generally, it is not expensive, although the cost of the procedure will vary depending on each individual case; how many hair follicles are transplanted, the area of scalp involved in the procedure and the shape of the transplanted area.
7. How many times will the procedure need to be repeated?
The new hair that will grow from the transplanted follicles is natural looking and permanent, so the procedure need not be carried out again.
8. Can certain shampoo’s, chemicals and dyes damage root hair follicles?
Yes, some harsh shampoo’s and hair dyes can certainly damage our hair. Avoid the over use of such treatments to maintain a healthy head of hair.
9. Can genetic or other inherited issues have an effect on newly formed hair after the procedure?
No, the newly formed hair will be resistant to genetic conditions because they are taken from areas of the head where genetics have no effect, such as the rear and side of the head. Hair in these areas continues to grow even when hair loss is occurring on other parts of the scalp.
10. Is there a recovery period after surgery?
Patients are generally fully recovered after a week, but may return to work or other duties as soon as they wish.