What is hair transplantation?

April 23, 2013

Going bald may seem hopeless, as there's no magical elixir that revives follicles and restores a full mane. Alternatives like toupees often look less than real, but fortunately, plastic surgery can help. Hair transplantation has become a popular procedure because it offers men and women who have lost their hair a chance to turn back the hands of time.

The bald truth
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), around half of all men in the US are affected by hair loss, along with a number of women. Typically, hair loss is hereditary, and there aren't many ways to prevent baldness if it's in the genes.

Fortunately, hair transplantation is a time-tested plastic surgery procedure that can add hair to a balding scalp, leaving long-term results. ASAPS reports that micro-hair transplant procedures, which are performed by using "micrograft restorations," can be done on an outpatient basis and don't require general anesthesia. Others may opt for what's known as flap surgery, which replaces larger portions of hair. The latter requires general anesthesia and is performed in a surgical setting.

The results from hair transplantation are typically visible after several months, once the transplanted hair falls out and new hair grows in. Some patients may find that after their initial surgery they require additional procedures to fill in other areas of the scalp that have thinning hair.

A new head of hair
Once the procedure is complete, results are permanent. You may be wondering if grafted hair will look fake, but ASAPS states that typically hair is transplanted in a natural pattern, leaving results that are virtually undetectable.

Men and women who are interested in this procedure should seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss their options and learn more about the surgery.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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