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Hair Loss (cont.)

When Is Surgery Appropriate for Hair Loss?

  • Hair transplant: A doctor takes plugs of hair from areas on your scalp where hair is thick and puts them on areas where your hair is thin.
  • This procedure, if performed by an expert, can produce a natural-appearing hairline but hair plugs placed by the neophyte can have a bothersome checkerboard appearance.
  • Follicular transplants, which move individual hairs units from one place to another, are replacing hair-plug transplants.
  • Scalp rotation: A doctor moves a piece of your scalp that has good hair growth to an area of poor growth. The procedure is effective in children, but adults do not respond well to this type of treatment.

Is Follow-up Necessary After Treatment of Hair Loss?

During treatment for hair loss, you can expect to return to the doctor periodically to determine the response to treatment and to monitor for side effects from the medications being used.

Is It Possible to Prevent Hair Loss?

Prevention can be accomplished only by early treatment. Sometimes what you think may be hair loss is actually just hair breakage from overuse of hair dryers, curling irons, dyes, and styling products.

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