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Hair transplant

Hair transplants restore receding or thinned out hair.

Hair Transplant Side Effects

Swelling of the scalp is possible. Improper grafting can cause bleeding, scarring, and infection.

Who shouldn't use it: Advanced hair loss is difficult to treat. Whereas male pattern baldness leaves a "fringe" of hair around the back and sides, women tend to experience an overall decrease in hair density.

Let your doctor know if you have high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems, or the tendency to form keloid scars.

Drawbacks: Poorly executed hair transplants can make you shed even more.

Recovery Time For Hair Transplant

For a week after hair transplants, you might discover scabbing around the hair grafts. These should peel and heal in about one week, falling off in four to seven days on their own. (Don't pick!) Your doctor may recommend taking at least two days off from work, though if you must return sooner, baseball caps and head scarves can mask your scalp.

Stay inactive for at least five days, since activity increases blood flow to your head which can cause your scalp to bleed. Some doctors recommend avoiding sexual activity for at least 10 days.

After care for hair transplant: Arrange for a friend to drive you home, since the effects of the anesthesia can linger. Your scalp may be covered with gauze or a pressure bandage for a day or two (though some physicians will allow you to leave the office bandage-free). You can shampoo your hair 24 hours after surgery.

You will see scabs appear on your scalp. Stitches and scabs can be camouflaged with your own hair, but if this fails, then a baseball cap may be your best bet. A week after surgery, your doctor will remove the stitches.

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