Can Surgery Bring Your Hair Back?
If you are losing your hair, there are surgical options to restore the hair that heredity has taken away. According to Dr. Paul Riggs of Clearwater, Florida, "The practice of treating hair loss is actually the 'art' of treating hair loss." Riggs goes on to explain that whatever method for restoring lost hair is chosen, the procedures used should be tailored to the patient, with the results as natural as possible under the circumstances.
Hair replacement surgery consists of taking strips of hairy scalp from the back and sides of the head, converting the strips into grafts, and then transplanting these hair-containing skin grafts into the bald areas. Since the transplanted hair is your own, chances of rejection are minimal. The transplantation of this hair, referred to as "donor hair," does not change the hair's ability to grow or its color.
Last reviewedOctober 2011by Brian Randall, MD
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