Can Hair Transplantation and Scalp Reduction Work for You?
If you are prone to baldness or a receding hairline, hair restoration is a great way to improve your appearance and feel more confident about your looks. There are two cosmetic procedures primarily used to correct hair loss, hair transplantation and scalp reduction. Many people make a great candidate for either surgery at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute, your hair restoration Houston provider.
Hair Transplantation Explained
During hair transplantation surgery, your cosmetic surgeon removes hair follicles from another part of your body, called the donor site. They are then transplanted, or moved, to the balding part of your scalp. This minimally invasive procedure treats male pattern baldness by grafting genetically resistant follicles, often from the back of the head, into the bald spots. Restoring eyelashes, beards, chest hair and eyebrows are other uses of this procedure.
Hair transplantation takes the epidermis and dermis around the donor follicles and creates tiny grafts at the recipient site. To promote a better success rate, follicles are harvested in natural groupings of one to four hairs. Consequently, the shafts that grows back will follow a realistic pattern.
Who is a Good Candidate for Hair Transplantation?
The final determination of your eligibility for hair transplantation should come from a qualified surgeon. However, you may be a great candidate if you meet the following criteria:
- hair color that closely matches skin tone
- flexible scalp that’s receptive to transplants
- thicker hair that blocks out light and hides baldness
- curly or wavy hair that provides additional scalp
- absence of skin disease that can compromise the donor follicles
Scalp Reduction Explained
A scalp reduction procedure takes place under local anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon cuts out the balding area. In most case, this means taking away skin near the crown or top of the head. The remaining skin, which is growing hair, is stitched together. Sometimes, vigorous massage is required in the weeks leading up to the surgery. This makes the scalp more supple so that more of the bald area can be removed without complications.
Who is a Good Candidate for Scalp Reduction Surgery?
In order to tell if you are a candidate for scalp reduction surgery, consult your aesthetic surgeon, as each case is unique. In general, you may be a great candidate if you meet the following criteria:
- Middle-aged male
- Dense hair on the side and back of your head
- A loose scalp
- Hair loss limited to the top and crown of the head
Call or come by the Aesthetic Surgery Institute, your hair restoration Houston provider, for answers to all your hair restoration questions and concerns.