Monday, July 07, 2008

Shedding Some Light on Laser Hair Graft

Author: Maggie Kay

We've all heard about laser hair removal but did you know that lasers are used in hair transplant procedures as well?

The Food and Drug Administration approved laser hair grafting in the 1990s and it soon became a popular method of hair transplantation.

Lasers are used to create tiny holes into which hair follicles are transplanted. Healing is faster and there is no scarring at the site of transplant.

Nevertheless, there are some negative aspects to this procedure. For example, lasers reduce blood circulation to new grafts because they seal blood vessels. This causes the hair graft to grow at a slower pace than usual, occasionally resulting in uneven hair growth patterns.

What does the Laser Hair Grafting procedure entail? Laser hair grafting is completed in the following steps:

1. Hair grafts are taken from the back of the head (the donor area).

2. The individual roots of the hair grafts are separated into plugs containing single or double hairs.

3. The plugs are transplanted into evenly spaced holes in the bald area that have been prepared by the laser.

These steps are repeated until the desired area has been covered successfully. The procedure takes about 3-4 hours to complete and is performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the size of the balding area, about 1000-2000 grafts are placed in the scalp during the surgery.

Surgeons inform their patients that the scabs will fall off within 1–2 weeks, after which time they will begin to see results, followed by a growth period of 3-6 months.

It is important to note that laser hair grafting has become somewhat obsolete, as new and improved technological advances have been made in the field of hair restoration.

About the author: About the Author - Maggie Kay is a freelance writer from Montreal and is the head researcher and content manager of Hair Transplant Costs - a resourceful site about hair transplant doctors. http://www.hairtransplantcosts.com/

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