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What Is A Hair Transplant?

The basic concept of hair transplantation is straightforward and easily understood.

The hair growing on the sides and lower part of the back of the head is permanent in most people. It persists even in advanced degrees of male pattern baldness because follicles in these locations are not subject to the deleterious affects of the hormone DHT, a byproduct of testosterone.

The characteristics of the individual follicles move with them when they are transplanted. Therefore, permanent hair will remain permanent regardless of where it is transplanted, a phenomena termed "donor dominance." This is the basis of hair transplantation.

In the process of hair restoration surgery, permanent hair is redistributed to cover the areas of the head where the hair has thinned or has been lost.

No new hair is actually created; existing hair is just moved around. Therefore, there is never a "net" increase in total hair volume.

In spite of this, a skillfully performed hair transplant procedure can make a person "look" as though he or she has more hair, often considerably more.

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The process of hair restoration is an aesthetic exercise as well as a technical feat.

Re-distributing hair on a person's head is like painting a portrait.

The physician should attempt to create a natural looking result that is consistent with the hair supply, the specific hair characteristics of the patient, and most important, the patient's goals.

As with other forms of cosmetic surgery, the art is at least as important as the surgical technique.

The hair transplant surgeon must have a thorough understanding of human facial anatomy; good basic surgical skills and a thorough knowledge of different hair transplant techniques. The physician must know the physiology of hair in depth, and understand basic medical conditions that affect the scalp. He must be aware of, and be able to critically evaluate, new developments in the field.

Finally, the specialist must study each patient carefully and tailor each procedure to the patient's unique attributes and needs.

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