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5 Important Things to Know About Hair Transplant Surgery

5 Important Things to Know About Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair loss is a problem that many males are suffering with. This problem happens to some women as well; however, hair loss mainly affects the male population.

Some decades ago, someone who was losing hair couldn’t do anything but to wait and watch as big tufts of hair fall away. With the progression of the modern medicine, some options are now available to counteract hair loss.

With that being said, you don’t have to suffer any longer with this problem given that you’re capable of taking action. Hair restoration has been proven to be very effective and it’s also totally safe for anyone who would like to undergo this procedure.

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However, there are many important aspects of hair restoration you should take into consideration prior to taking any further steps. You’re going to read some of them here; hopefully, you’ll find them helpful to you.

1. Have some knowledge about the procedure

If you choose to undergo surgery, you’ll need to educate yourself about the procedure so you don’t get any surprises. Nowadays, any information can be found as quickly as a click of a mouse.

Knowing what to expect can help you tremendously. Furthermore, make sure that your doctor in board certified. You can never know too much about someone who’s going to take care of you medically. In fact, there are many plastic surgeons out there claiming to be doctors but don’t possess the right papers.

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Ensure that your doctor is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery in order to feel and be safe.

2. Choose the right option for you

There are many options to choose from when it comes to hair restoration. Any medical decision that has to be taken will always be made by you. Hair loss restoration isn’t an exception to this rule. You’re in charge of choosing your best option because you’re the one who’s in charge of your body. Therefore, you should not allow anyone to pressure you into making a rushed decision.

Luckily, with a problem like hair loss, it is not an emergency so you should have all the time you want to make the decision you find to be the best.

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3. Ask about proven alternatives to surgery

Although hair transplant surgery isn’t as serious as many other invasive surgeries, there is still risk associated. If you can find another alternative that could produce the same result, why not do it instead?

Although it may be very unlikely to find an alternative that’ll work as well as the hair transplant surgery.

4. Inquire about pain and pain management plan

Anyone who has undergone a surgery before can tell you how painful it is after the surgery is completed. Although we all have different pain threshold levels, we all have the capability of experiencing pain.

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This procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia in order to be performed. According to the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “Effective local anesthesia can be maintained throughout hair transplantation. Care must be exercised to minimize discomfort through proper technique and to minimize toxicity through judicious use of vasoconstrictors and nerve blocks and by monitoring the total dosage. Constant monitoring for toxicity is required, as is early intervention in the unlikely event that warning signs should appear.”

Hair restoration surgery isn’t painless, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Fortunately, though, some doctors can manage to minimize the pain and make it less uncomfortable to you. Therefore, you ought to take your time to look for the doctor that’ll enable you to have the best experience.

5. The recovery process is important as well

It’s crucial that you inquire about the recovery process. You have your life to live; you don’t want to be in recovery for an unexpected length of time that you were not aware of. Although they should tell you first hand about everything pertaining to the procedure before you do it, in case this Dr. slips, you should make sure they tell you everything you need to know.

There will be a little swelling of the scalp for 4 to 5 days, and some bare patches will be showing as well. Don’t expect your hair to look perfect as soon as your surgery is done. It may be up to you to know when you can go out in public, but remember you’ll have a shaved area in the back of your head where the transplanted hair was removed.

I hope this post helps to educate you with some important information, and I also hope that it helps you to make the best decision for yourself after reading it.

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

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There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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