Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique in which your lost hair is replaced by your own natural and living hair.

The hair is taken from areas of richer growth at the back and sides and transferred to balding regions at the top and front of the scalp. This technique does not increase the total number of your hair. It rearranges their location to yield a better cosmetic appearance.

It must however be realized that

.  Hair follicles are taken from the donor area and implanted in the recipient area. But the important point to remember is that the hair follicle must be implanted proficiently because inadequate technique can result in the permanent loss of that follicle.

.  Transferring hair follicles from one place to the other is a permanent process. The process can not be reversed and a follicle that has been transferred once can not be moved again to any other region.

Pre-surgical evaluation of the client and planning of surgery can hence be far more important than the surgical procedure. It is an acceptable cosmetic benefit that should be goal rather than a successful surgical procedure. The surgical team must clearly know which follicle is to be removed and where to be implanted.

Cosmetic remedies to hair loss problems

A wig is a bunch of hair artificially designed to be worn on a bald head, which should mimic natural hair. The hair used for this purpose may however be severed natural human hair, but synthetic filaments are cheaper and hence more commonly employed. It is probably the oldest of all camouflage technique for improving cosmetic appearance in hair loss.

An appropriately made and worn wig can be no less than a wonder, but the highest quality wigs can cost you a fortune. They may be very delicate in addition requiring a lot of care for adequate maintenance . The more commonly used cheaper wigs provide not only a poorer camouflage but may offer additional problems in maintenance. Majority of the people who have been wearing a wig would love to do away with it, and the name “Wig” has come to be rated more as a stigma than an effective remedy. The manufacturers have started hence to produce variations of the classical wig. These newer versions are being name differently as well e.g. toupees, Hair extensions, hair weaving, Hair Bonding-Fusion etc.

Wigs are used mainly to disguise hair loss, and they should hence be unnoticeable. A wig that can be noticed, defeats its purpose.

The issues related to wigs can be divided in two distinct groups, namely the adequacy of camouflage and the problems of holding the wig into place.

Adequacy of Camouflage

A wig should not be noticeable to be adequate. Most people wearing wigs have some residual hair of their own and the hair in the wig should not look different from this native hair. It should match in color, texture and style. This is usually hard to achieve with synthetic fibers. But a well matched wig employing human hair may also need to be replaced often. The native hair may change in color (e.g. graying due to aging) or the wig may discolor with the passage of time due to effects of sun exposure. The wig shall become noticeable in either case. Hair in the wig start looking different from the native hair and the situation may necessitate a change of wig. It is obvious hence that an adequate and effective wig is an expensive preposition to start with, and equally expensive to maintain.

The advertisers of wig and toupees generally claim that you can swim with them and take part in similar sports, but that is a half truth. Soap, water salt and chlorine can permanently damage the color and styling of wigs and toupees both.

Holding the Wig into Place

Traditionally the wigs are attached to the scalp with a tape or glue, but they come off relatively easy with embarrassment in public. Many newer methods of wig attachment have gradually emerged as a consequence. Some wigs are attached using Wire Loops which are surgically stitched into the scalp. Serious infections are common and uncleanliness is inevitable resulting in offensive smell. In Tunnel Grafting , skin tunnels are created surgically which can hold the plastic fasteners of the wig.

The moral of the story is that if you cannot afford a perfect custom made wig, it is unlikely to be useful as a camouflage.


Toupees are not very different from wigs except that they are meant to cover a much smaller area. But keeping them in place and cleanliness are not easy to achieve.

Other Camouflage Possibilities

In Hair Weaving , the hair is knotted to an artificial base and this base is then woven into the residual native hair. They become loose with growth of the native hair and need to be retied and tightened repeatedly. That cause additional permanent hair loss due to repeated tying and tightening of the wig (traction alopecia).

The cost of hair weaving may be fairly attractive, but the recurrent cost tightening and retying will add to it, and it may turn out to be far more expensive than expected.

Hair Bonding-Fusion differs from hair weaving only on that the new hair are bonded with surgical glue rather than woven. It needs tightening similarly with the growth of native hair, and the cumulative cost of its maintenance is also comparable.

Hair Extensions are woven into the existing native hair and very popular in women who want long flowing tresses of hair. There has to be a lot of native hair far practicable hair extensions. They need also to be tightened and readjusted repeatedly. This method is not considered suitable for men.

Artificial Hair Thickeners are fine powders of matching colors that are sprayed onto the thinning hair mixed in glue. The thickness of the hair is hence increased temporarily, which lasts till the hair is shampooed next time. The hair can however be combed and styled meanwhile. This method is very suitable for thin hair as well as covering up small areas of hair loss like alopecia areata. They are available in a wide variety of colors and you can easily fine one to match your hair. It must however be viewed as a temporary method of camouflage.

Anatomy of hair

Anatomy of hair

Hair is consist of two parts, the Follicle and the Shaft.

Follicle – The follicle contains several layers, and each layer serve a different job. At the base of the follicle is a projection which is called a papilla. papilla contains capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, these vessels feed the cells. The living part of the hair is bottom part that surrounds the papilla or bulb. The cells in the bulb will divide every 23 to 72 hours, and imagine this division is faster than any other cells in our body.

The follicle is further in between two sheaths – inner and outer. The inner follows the hair shaft and ends just before opening of skin. While the outer sheath goes all the way to gland. The sebaceous gland is very important because it produces materials that provides natural conditioner to your hair.

Shaft – This is the dead part of hair. It is made up of hard protein called keratin and it consist of three layers. The inner is medulla and is not present in the hair shaft most of the time. Next comes cortex and then cuticle. It is the cortex that makes up the majority of hair. The cuticle is formed with tightly packed scales. This is where your hair conditioner acts. And from where the color of hair comes from? these are pigment cells that are distributed in the cortex

Hair loss problems? Not any more

Hairloss is always a big concern. It is loss of a component of your body and an essential ingredient of our identity. The concern may be exaggerated in special patients groups like people in sales and young individuals seeking partners.

People are generally very eager to do something about it as hurriedly as possible. But the thing that worries me most about hair loss treatment is the tendency of the overwhelming majority of people to seek remedies without first determining the cause of their hair loss. But hurry makes a bad curry. People frequently end up using products that are not suitable for their particular problem. It leads not only to disenchantment but to aggravation of the damage also on many occasions.

This is only one aspect of the issue. The cumulative experience in the society has lead to the false presumption that hair loss is probably incurable and all remedies are a big scam. That again is not true.

The good news however is that all of these entities are generally amenable to treatment if you choose the remedy with care and prudence.

You must however realize that that all cases of hair loss are not identical. Hair loss can be the outcome of extremely varied problems. It is of paramount importance that the cause of hair loss be determined before starting a remedial measure.

But before we start enumerating the causes of hair loss, we must remember that some shedding of hair is perfectly normal. Hairs grow, fall and regrow in cyclical fashion, which is all perfectly normal. Now let us have a glancing look at the common causes of premature hair loss.