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Going bald no longer hopeless

Going bald may seem hopeless, as there's no magical elixir that revives follicles and restores a full mane. Alternatives like toupees often look less than real, but fortunately, plastic surgery can help. Hair transplantation has become a popular procedure because it offers men and women who have lost their hair a chance to turn back the hands of time.

The bald truth

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), around half of all men in the U.S. are affected by hair loss, along with a number of women. Typically, hair loss is hereditary, and there aren't many ways to prevent baldness if it's in the genes.

Fortunately, hair transplantation is a time-tested plastic surgery procedure that can add hair to a balding scalp, leaving long-term results. ASAPS reports that micro-hair transplant procedures, which are performed by using "micrograft restorations," can be done on an outpatient basis and don't require general anesthesia. Others may opt for what's known as flap surgery, which replaces larger portions of hair. The latter requires general anesthesia and is performed in a surgical setting.

The results from hair transplantation are typically visible after several months, once the transplanted hair falls out and new hair grows in. Some patients may find that after their initial surgery they require additional procedures to fill in other areas of the scalp that have thinning hair.

A new head of hair

Once the procedure is complete, results are permanent. You may be wondering if grafted hair will look fake, but ASAPS states that typically hair is transplanted in a natural pattern, leaving results that are virtually undetectable.

Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 4/23/13