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New competence center at the University Hospital Bonn offers help with hair loss
Hair loss affects many men but also women. The causes can vary greatly and successful treatment requires an exact clarification of the triggers. The last option is to have your own hair transplanted, but this requires a great deal of sensitivity from the surgeons, according to the Bonn University Hospital. In future, patients with hair loss will be helped here in a special competence center.
The specialists at the University Clinic in Bonn have set up the "Hair" competence center, which is unique in Germany, and in addition to advice and diagnostics, a hair transplant can also be performed. In addition, research on the causes and treatment options for hair loss in the competence center is to be pursued.
Clarify the causes of hair loss
According to the experts, a few hairs on the pillow in the morning are no reason to panic, but "more than 100 hairs are lost, and that over a longer period of time, those affected should seek advice." The possible cause will be at the new competence center for existing hair loss such as "chronic diseases, problems with the thyroid gland, hormonal disorders and vitamin deficiency" clarified and the respective treatment options derived. Using various clinical examinations, doctors diagnose what form of hair loss is present, according to the Bonn University Hospital.
When hair roots are destroyed, only a hair transplant helps
"As varied as hair loss is, the diagnoses and corresponding therapies are just as varied," the experts report. There is no such thing as "a hair restorer" that promises success in any case, but each hair loss must be considered separately. In most cases, receding hairline receding hairline to the bald head in men and thinning hair in women are inherent in the condition. This so-called androgentic hair loss is triggered by a hair root atrophy. "If the hair roots are irreversibly damaged, there is no alternative to hair transplantation," emphasizes Dr. Klaus Walgenbach, spokesman for the center and head of plastic and aesthetic surgery at the University Hospital Bonn.
Healthy hair roots are planted in hairless areas
For hair transplantation, vital hair roots are removed from the so-called wreath area at the back of the head, either as single hair or as a narrow strip of hair, the individual follicles are carefully prepared and then planted into the smallest microchannels in the hairless area.These so-called slits are previously created with a very fine scalpel and are included in the a size of 0.7 millimeters barely visible to the naked eye, reports the University Hospital Bonn. "What is important here is a precise slit depth and an exact direction of the skin, which is adapted to the natural and yet individually different growth direction of the hair still present," emphasizes the Bonn surgeon Dr. Annette Hortling.
New hair growth after three to four months
If the removed hair root units, so-called grafts, were inserted into the channels with micro tweezers, the hair roots initially rest and only the small hairs fall out after about two to six weeks, explains Dr. Klaus Walgenbach. After three to four months, the roots begin to produce strong hair again, which is then permanently preserved. In the end, after a successful transplant, it was no longer possible to tell "whether the hair had been transplanted or originally grew there." Depending on the desired amount of hair roots, the outpatient procedure could take three to six hours. As a rule, only local anesthesia is required. However, the costs are not normally covered by the health insurance. Exception can be hair loss due to an accident or burns. (fp)