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Hair replacement surgery for male pattern baldness is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed on men. Usually it involves grafting hair from the sides and back of the person's scalp (called the donor sites) to the bald area. Sometimes this technique is combined with another procedure called scalp reduction, in which the surgeon removes skin from bald areas of the scalp and uses elastic scalp extenders and expanders placed under the skin to stretch the remaining skin over the scalp. In another surgical procedure, called the flap technique, the surgeon moves areas of the scalp containing hair from the sides or back of the head to the top of the head. The flaps cover more area than the usual graft, and part of the flap remains attached to the original blood supply.

After the first grafting session

Grafted hair is growing

Hair has filled in after several grafting sessions

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After the first grafting session

Grafted hair is growing

Hair has filled in after several grafting sessions

Hair Replacement

Hair replacement surgery is performed using local anesthesia. During the grafting procedure, long strips of scalp are harvested from the donor sites. The donor sites are then sutured. (Scars at the donor sites will be virtually invisible because they are hidden by surrounding hair.) The strips of scalp are then divided into hundreds of small grafts, each containing a few hairs. The grafts are then inserted into tiny openings that the doctor has made in the bald area. Although it will be several months before the grafts take hold and begin to grow hair, once hairs begin to grow, they are as permanent as the hairs at the donor sites.

After surgery you may experience aching, throbbing, and tightness in the scalp area. You will need to wear bandages over the grafted area overnight; the bandages will be removed the next day.

The doctor will tell you to avoid washing your hair for 2 days after surgery. When you wash your hair, wash it gently. Because strenuous activity increases blood flow to the scalp, you will need to avoid vigorous exercise and sexual activity until your doctor tells you otherwise. Avoid all contact sports and other activities that may cause damage to the treated area. Any sutures will be removed within 7 to 10 days. Several separate surgical procedures may be needed to complete the hair replacement, depending on the size of the bald area. A year may pass before the grafted hair is totally grown.

The type of hair replacement procedure you choose depends on the kind of hair loss you have. If you are considering hair replacement surgery, discuss your options with your plastic surgeon to determine the best choice to meet your needs.

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