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Your Problems: Hair transplant is wearing thin.

Byline: Miriam Stoppard

IN the 70s I had a hair transplant. At first my own hair covered the transplant but now that my hair's getting thin, my pink scalp shows through the tufts of hair.

It's unsightly and very embarrassing. Could you please advise me on treatments or cover-ups available?

VYOU can get the cover-up cream or spray you need at any reputable wig shop or theatrical make-up shop matched to the colour of your hair.

To avoid your problem, anyone thinking of hair transplants should take account of future hair loss and plan hairline and density of grafts accordingly.

Over the last 10 years basic hair transplants have improved a lot with slit-grafts, mini-grafts and micro-grafts. Small pieces of scalp from the back and sides of the head are moved into holes and slits on the top of the head. No new hair is added - hair and skin are simply relocated. Techniques include the following types of grafts:

Micrograft - one to two hair grafts into needle holes; small slit grafts - three to four hairs into a slit; large slit grafts - five to seven hairs into a slit; small minigraft - three to four hairs into a small site; large minigraftminigraft - five to eight hairs into a small round recipient site. Talk to several doctors offering hair replacement surgery before choosing one and prepare questions. Ask to meet a patient or two - seeing the results first hand helps to ensure you're in capable hands. Ask your own doctor for his advice before proceeding.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2002
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