When confronted with thinning hair or baldness, men and women consider hair transplantation, which is a permanent form of hair replacement. Anyone who has suffered permanent hair loss may be a candidate for hair transplantation.
Once it has been determined you are a candidate for hair transplantation, you will be informed as to what your options are. These options include
You may just choose to be bald. If that is the right look for you, do not consider hair transplants an option.
Wigs, hair pieces, toupees, hair systems, extensions, etc. all offer a temporary solution and may well be an option. They require regular maintenance.
Topical Or Oral Medications
Continuous use of Rogaine (minoxidil) has resulted in some regrowth and the slowing of the hair loss process in some individuals, in certain areas of the scalp. It may be used in conjunction with hair transplants. It is a temporary solution. Once you stop using it, hair loss will continue its normal course.
Hair Replacement Surgery
Flaps. Although indicated in certain cases, this procedure has more risks than scalp reductions or hair transplants. It requires general anesthesia and involves dissecting out all but one corner of a strip of scalp and rotating it around across the front of the head to replace the hairless scalp. Hair bearing flaps often have an unnatural appearance. Furthermore, the donor and recipient scar can be obvious with the depigmentation of the skin along the hairline.
Scalp Reductions. This is a surgical procedure in which excess skin is removed from the bald area on the top and crown of the head. The hair bearing areas on the sides and back of the head are drawn closer together, thereby reducing the bald area. This results in hair loss in the undermined areas. In many instances, the reduced scalp can also stretch back apart.
Hair Transplants. This is a permanent form of hair replacement. It is a surgical procedure that involves moving some hair from hair-bearing portions (donor sites) of the head to bald or thinning portions (recipient sites).
With the use of modern techniques, excellent results can be accomplished, restoring one's hair with density in the treated area. Hair transplants are the most recommended form of hair replacement surgery.
It has been proven safe, with very little risk involved. Once your own healthy hair is relocated, it can be cut, washed, combed and dried without undue concern.