Hair Transplant for the Elderly-Restoring a Youthful Look!

As they age, many men and women suffer hair loss and baldness. Throughout history, hair loss has always been an issue of concern for many people. Ancient Egyptians for instance detested baldness and would wear wigs to conceal hair loss. Surveys indicate that more than 75 percent of people feel self -conscious and less attractive upon losing their hair. For nearly half a century, hair transplant procedures have been performed. These procedures have proved to be safe and reliable.

Should older people get hair transplants? Hair restoration procedures can be performed at any age. All that is necessary is for the patient to be in good health and have sufficient donor hair follicles. Age should therefore not be a negative factor when considering getting a hair restoration. Seniors with a family history of hair thinning and pattern baldness can greatly benefit from the procedure.

Unlike hair pieces that may not fully match your hair color and type, transplantation will result to a natural look. You will not have foreign hair being planted on your head. Instead, you will have your own hair being transferred from fuller areas like back of your head to the bald ones. Even the elderly people tend to have permanent lifetime hair at the back of their head. This is the donor part from which hair is sourced.

Hair transplantation is a convenient outpatient procedure that will not require you to be admitted in a hospital. With local anesthetic and mild sedative, the procedure is easy to perform. Therefore, older people can easily undergo the procedure without any health risks. It is always advisable to have the transplantation done by an expert. Experts are able to design a natural looking hairline to match your face!

History of the Hair Transplant

The act of transplanting hair has been in practices since the 19th century when the first successful transplant was made. In 1897, Menahem Hodara was able to successfully replace the hairs lost from scarring on a patient. Later modern techniques were developed, not to help alleviate baldness but fill in eyebrows and lashes in Japan.

In the 1950s, Norman Orentreich, a dermatologist residing in New York began attempt treatments for male pattern baldness. His first attempt was successful even though it was originally believed that the hairs wouldn’t survive. The transplanted hairs grew and behaved normally just as they would have on the original owner’s head. Years later doctors and dermatologists began different experiments with hair transplants such as producing smaller grafts, which was unsuccessful, utilizing strips, and changing the angle at which hairs are planted.

Different types of hair transplant extractions and plants have emerged such as the FUE(Follicular Unit Extraction) method, and the FUT(Follicular Unit Transplant) method. Strip harvesting has become the most common way to remove hair as well. Hair transplants are primarily used for treating baldness, reconstructing hairlines, and androgenetic alopecia.

Hair loss has affected many men and women pushing their 30s and 40s. Transplants have granted natural looking results, and given people the opportunity to have a full head of hair, especially those that have been injured or severely burned. If you are suffering from hair loss or sparse lashes and brows, why not consider getting the treatment?

About

Going bald is something that I had to come to terms with at a very young age and, back in those days, there were very limited options. I could either accept my baldness and get rid of what silly little hair I had left, or I could get a cheap looking wig that was obvious to everyone.

These days though, things have come a long way, with one of the biggest and best things available for bald people being a hair transplant, which really does work well. After a lot of thorough research, I am now bringing you all the information I have found, so you can decide if a hair transplant is the right thing for you.