There are many weapons that you can select when marching into the battle against hair loss. People usually prefer using the well advertised anti-hair loss shampoos and conditioners. Some rely on popular medications such as Rogaine. Then there are those who believe that the best option is to stick with ancient herbal hair loss remedies that are known to have no side effects. If none of these pay dividends, then there is one final weapon that you can consider using; surgical hair restoration. Surgical hair restoration usually takes place in the form of a hair transplant.
Why You Need to be Cautious about a Hair Transplant
It goes without saying that hair transplant is a very serious matter. It is not a decision that you can take overnight. You need to have long conversations with your hair loss consultant and/or your physician before you can decide to look for an experienced surgeon who can actually help you hide your bald patches with real hair. There are a ton of other factors that you need to take into consideration as well. For example, it is your decision to choose among the various types of hair transplant procedures that hospitals and clinics have on offer. Making the wrong selection could turn out to be an absolute disaster for you and your hair. The hair loss industry is not easy to navigate by any stretch of the imagination. There are many products and procedures out there that are no better than snake oil. In fact, most of the advertised procedures can trigger further hair loss problems instead of solving the existing ones.
Linear Grafts or Line Grafts
Among the various types of hair transplant procedures that you could opt for, line grafts or line grafts is a kind that you should avoid at all costs. If your doctor specifically asks you to choose a linear graft or a line graft to fix your hair problems, then it is high time for you to change the medical professional that you are consulting.
Before you find out why linear graft or line graft is bad for you, you need to develop a basic understanding of what this procedure really is. In the process of creating a linear or line graft, the hair transplant surgeon removes a small strip of hair from either the back of your head or the side of your head. This strip should then be ideally divided into follicular unit grafts. However, this does not happen in certain cases. The surgeons often decide to work with a line or linear graft. In such a case, a much larger strip of hair is required, which can be problematic in a number of ways. In order to utilize these cut to size grafts, the hair transplant surgeon needs to create relatively large trench like recipient sites on the balding regions of your scalp. These are the regions where the hair and the tissue will be replaced.
The problem with this particular procedure is that it almost always results in a manufactured and unnatural appearance, which compels you to look strange, awkward and bizarre. Hair transplant is as much of a cosmetic procedure as it is a medical one. The surgeon’s aim is not only restricted to hiding your bald patches or covering them up. He or she is also responsible for making you look good with a head full of hair that does not appear artificial or peculiar. In other words, the final outcome is unacceptable from strictly a cosmetic point of view (which should really be the only point of view that you should be concerned about when you are spending so much money on a hair transplant).
Round or Square Grafts
There was a time when round and square grafts were standard in hair transplantation. Those days have long since passed us by. There are far more refined techniques available nowadays, which have rendered the use of round and square grafts obsolete. If your surgeon is adamant about using round or square grafts, it means that he or she is not up to speed with the latest techniques of surgery out there. Would you really want to spend large sums of your hard earned money and take numerous “cosmetic” risks to be operated by a surgeon who is backdated and is unaware of the recent developments in the field of surgery?
When extracting round or square grafts, the surgeon is required to use a hole punching device, which is not exactly the safest surgical equipment in the world. The grafts are far too large in size, which is why they almost always result in a “dreaded doll head” appearance. There is no point in paying for a hair transplant if you end up looking like the tiny little murderous doll, Chucky, from Child’s Play. Modern surgeons are making use of mini grafts to produce a far more natural hairline.