Hair Restoration Surgery

Written by Charles Peacock
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Hair restoration surgery is a godsend for many men who are concerned about hair loss. If you have thinning hair or even bald spots on your scalp, hair restoration surgery can give you back the appearance of a full head of hair. Like any type of surgery, however, it does have its complications and limitations.

Limitations of Hair Restoration Surgery

The first major limitation of hair restoration surgery relates to the availability of donor hair. Since the transplanted hair must be taken from your own scalp, it is necessary that you have enough active hair follicles on your head to make the surgery worthwhile. Men with a thick "horseshoe" ring of hair around their heads are the best candidates. Men who are completely bald are not eligible for the surgery.

You may be wondering how risky hair restoration surgery is, and if there's a chance you will lose any of your existing hair. Hair transplant surgeons confidently report that the vast majority of transplanted follicles do indeed survive the operation. As long as you have enough healthy follicles to work with, you shouldn't notice any additional hair loss.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that even the transplanted follicles may eventually die. They won't die any earlier than they normally would, but if they were genetically programmed to stop producing hair at a certain age, this hair loss will still occur. The advantage is that many men never lose the hair around the back and sides of their head, so if you use this hair during the procedure it will very likely continue to grow on top of your head for the rest of your life.


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