Hair implants..sounds painful!

Nothing can take a blow to your self esteem like hair loss, especially if you are a woman or just consider yourself to young for it. In fact, there are actually multiple causes of hair loss in both men and women. The most common of them is male and female pattern baldness. With this condition hair growth shortens in these individuals causing hairs to become less sturdy and thin. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. And as you probably guessed, heredity likely plays a key role in the condition.

There are also less known causes that result in permanent hair loss like Cicatricial alopecia. This is a skin condition that occurs when inflammation damages and scars the hair follicle preventing new hair from growing. Even lesser known is a skin condition known as Traction alopecia. This condition is due to excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly. If the pulling is repeated and not stopped at a certain point then scarring of your scalp and permanent damage to the root results. All of these conditions leave you scrambling to find a solution, and there is help out there.

Depending on your lifestyle and budget, you can take different paths to rectifying your condition. For a lot of sufferers there may not be a budget to go the route of cosmetic surgery. Others just might not have the time or energy for hair replacement. For these people there are alternatives, such as wigs and extensions.

Let’s say for example that you are completely bald or even have baldness in only a certain patch, such as the top of your head. This is going to require a wig. There are many types of wigs available to you ranging from generic(not so real looking) hair, to actual human hair that was donated to make said wigs. They are available in different colors and can vary greatly in cost. On the contrary, a sufferer who has hair loss which simply causes gaps of thickness in their hair might want to go with extensions. Extensions are also available in many different colors and prices, but unlike wigs, they are only sections of hair ranging in length that attach to your real hair to give you the appearance of fullness. Both are great alternatives and can be styled to your specifications.

Should you decide to take the other path, hair replacement surgery is an option. This form of cosmetic surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence with techniques that use your existing hair. For someone that desires a modest change in their appearance, transplant techniques such as punch grafts, mini-grafts, micro-grafts, slit grafts, and strip grafts are generally performed. On the other hand, if a dramatic effect id desired, then techniques would consist of flaps, tissue-expansion and scalp-reductions. With both techniques individuals vary greatly in their physical reactions and healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable. Factors such as hair color, texture and waviness or curliness may affect the cosmetic result and should be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon before making a decision.

The path to take is yours and will greatly depend on such aspects as; financial situation, support system, physical and emotional factors, and so on. But with the right circumstances you can achieve great results and wake up confident in your appearance and ready to take on the day.

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