Hair implant surgery is used to repopulate areas that are no longer recoverable with medical management, whether it is the scalp, eyebrows, beard or other areas of the body where you want to have hair coverage.
It is also frequently used to camouflage scars on the scalp since there are no hair follicles in the scar tissue that allow spontaneous hair growth.
It is contraindicated in patients diagnosed with an inflammatory, autoimmune or infectious process that is not under control. Also in those who do not have an optimal donor area from which the grafts can be taken.
These hair follicles can be obtained from any body area where there is healthy hair, that is, hair that is considered not going to show early fall. For this reason, the occipital region is generally used as a donor, but hair can also be obtained from the thoracic region, the beard, the pubis or the extremities.
The implanted grafts do not need any supportive medical therapy, but the original hair that is adjacent to the implanted grafts must continue to be treated with some medication to avoid its loss or deterioration. This will be indicated to you by our specialist.
Humidification of the grafts with saline solution for 72 hours, application of local ice for 48 hours, keeping the head elevated when sleeping, not exercising for 15 days, not receiving direct shower water for at least the first week.
If alopecia occurs as a result of some organic alteration, such as hypothyroidism, a hormonal disorder or another disease, the management to be carried out is related to the treatment of the underlying pathology. But if it is androgenetic alopecia, which is the most common presentation of alopecia, the treatment must be permanent.
This means that alopecia is not overcome but it is controlled while the patient is under some treatment modality. If at any time the treatment is suspended the patient will begin to notice hair loss again.