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Baldness Treatment

What is it?

Baldness is the name given to hair loss, caused by lack of activities of hair bulbs. Baldness appears often in men and sometimes in women as well. Factors such as heredity directly influence this issue.

How can I treat it?

If baldness is caused by hormones, dermatological or hormonal treatments can be done. Hair loss due to trauma or burns might also be treated with medication.

If medical treatments are not enough, then Follicular Unit Transportation technique might be done in order to transplant each hair bulb, individually placing each hair bulb.

The treatment: follicular unit transportation

Follicular Unit Transportation treatment will be done in a hospital, with no need for a hospitalization period. The patient arrives in the morning and is able to go home 3 to 6 hours later. The Follicular Unit Transportation procedure will be done under local anesthesia applied by the surgeon with a monitored sedation.

The donor area of the Follicular Unit Transportation will be chosen from the least likely area to go bald and the material removed will be placed in the bald area.

In order to obtain more natural results, the patient should have from 3 to 4 sessions of the Follicular Unit Transportation; respecting a break from 8 months to a year between each session.

The advantages of using follicular unit implants compared to traditional grafts include:

- the surgical wound size at the recipient site is minimized

- the skin surface deformity is eliminated

- distortion due to fibrosis associated with healing is reduced

- the natural scalp contour is preserved

- oxygen diffusion of the implants is maximized

- interruption of the blood supply is minimized

- post-op recovery time is reduced

- hair units may be placed extremely close together

- extensive numbers of implants may be moved per session

- hair may be distributed in a natural pattern

- great flexibility in the recipient site design

During the Hair restoration surgery, a small stripe of hair-bearing tissue is removed from the back of the head and relocated to the balding area. The donor area will be closed by sutures. The scar will not be visible due to the surrounding hair.  After that, grafts will be prepared by technicians. With the help of lenses and microscopes, the hair follicles are separated into units that might contain up to four hairs per graft.

While grafts are being prepared, the surgeon makes tiny orifices in the recipient area, in order to place the grafts. The entire Follicular Unit Transplantation procedure requires a high number of well trained professionals, because grafts and recipient area should be carefully prepared at the same time.

After the Follicular Unit Transplantation surgery, a little discomfort should be expected, but with no pain. Usually the recovery is bandage-free, so there is no need to apply any dressing. A sterile compress is placed on the donor area, at the back of the head. The compress is removed the day following the Follicular Unit Transplantation surgery.

On average, the patient can go home a few hours following the procedure. However, the patient should come back at the next day in order to have their head washed by a nurse.

Some swelling is expected between the 4th and 5th day after surgery, because of the saline solution injected with the anesthesia during the procedure. Stitches will be removed a week following Follicular Unit Transplantation surgery.

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