Hair loss comes upon many people gradually. They start to notice hair falling out at a higher rate than usual, more than the average 100 hairs a day that most people experience. Or they start to notice thinner patches on their scalps, where hair has stopped growing back.
Almost 50% of the population experiences some kind of hair loss by the time they turn 50 years old. For many people, this hair loss can be difficult: they may not feel that they look their best, or might feel that the hair loss makes them look older than they really are.
When this happens, people start to seek alternatives, including both surgical and non-surgical options. At 3rd Dimension Studios, we help clients learn more about their hair replacement options, so they can make informed decisions about their best hair loss replacement alternatives.
Many people come to us asking about surgical procedures; at 3rd Dimension, we provide non-surgical hair systems, but we have taken the time to understand surgical options as well so that we can discuss them with our clients and offer them the best information available. Here are the facts about surgical hair replacement, including the procedure and risks associated with this option.
How surgical hair replacement works
Here is a general description of the average hair transplant procedure. This process differs significantly from other hair replacement systems.
1) Anaesthesia. The first step in the process is the application of anaesthesia to numb the scalp. Many patients also receive anti-anxiety medication in order to relax.
2) Cleansing. Having a clean surgical site is essential in any procedure; otherwise, you run the risk of infection. This risk is relatively low, but it is serious – across all individuals in North America who have any kind of surgical procedure, the infection has been responsible for up to 8,000 deaths per year.
3) Donor’s hair. After your scalp has been numbed and cleansed, your surgeon will remove a 3 to 4-inch strip of scalp from the donor site, which is typically located at the back of your head, just above your neck. This site is then closed with stitches.
4) Separation. The donor strip is then separated into tiny sections, each bearing a hair or a few hairs.
5) Incisions. The bald area to receive the hair receives many tiny incisions, which are to receive the hair from the donor strip.
6) Placement. The separated donor hair is placed into the tiny incisions. This can take a long time, as there are often hundreds or even thousands of hair which may be placed.
Generally, this procedure takes 4 or more hours. Afterwards, your head will need to be bandaged for several days, and you may need to return for a checkup and to have your stitches removed. This differs from hair replacement systems, which require no incisions or stitches and can instead simply be maintained for cut and colour for several months between replacements.
Many patients need as many as 3 or 4 sessions of this procedure in order to achieve the look they want and to fully restore them to a full head of hair. These treatments are often spaced several months apart to allow for healing. In total, a hair transplant process can take as long as 2 years.
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As you can see, this process is exceptionally involved and extensive, even without the corresponding risks. For that reason alone, many people find that a hair transplant is not their best hair loss replacement option. However, many people are still curious about the risks involved after undergoing this type of procedure.
1) Bleeding. Due to the incisions, most patients experience some amount of bleeding, both during and after surgery.
2) Swelling. Soreness and swelling are very normal reactions as the scalp attempts to heal from the incisions. This can become painful for many people.
3) Bruising. Some people experience bruising around the scalp and head; this can even spread down to the eyes.
4) Numbness. After the surgery is completed, some people experience temporary or even permanent numbness throughout the areas where the incisions were made.
5) Unnatural tufts of hair. One of the biggest long-term risks of this type of surgery versus hair replacement systems is that you may end up with unnatural-looking hair. It may look unevenly placed, grow in the wrong direction, or simply look wrong. This is usually difficult to fix, and has to do with how the surgeon placed the transplanted hair in your scalp.
6) Shock loss. As the scalp heals, you may suddenly lose all of the transplanted hair. It will typically grow back, but can result in temporary hair loss as the follicles adjust to having been moved.
With all of these risks, the costs involved, the complexity of having on-going procedures, and the potential pain and inconvenience, many people are looking for alternatives. That is why 3rd Dimension Studios is offering free consultations to explore our HD hair systems.
A hair replacement system is a long-term solution that has minimal risks and great benefits. These systems use virgin Remy hair that looks and feels like your own. We develop exceptional custom systems for each client, and also help you maintain your system so it keeps looking its best.
When compared with surgery, these systems often present a viable alternative. They do not require incisions. They also stay in place – they are suitable for an active lifestyle, and can restore a youthful appearance without the need for recovery time.
3rd Dimension Studios is offering free, no-risk consultations to men and women who are interested in learning about the best non-surgical hair loss replacement alternatives. Our discreet, private studios are available for you, and our team of hair loss professionals and expert stylists can create a solution and look that you will love – and that will be completely natural.
When you are ready to experience the best hair loss replacement without the pain, cost, and inconvenience of surgery, we invite you to fill out our contact form, call us at 647.341.5700 or pay us a visit.