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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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Last Updated on June 6, 2019

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.

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     A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice.[1] The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.

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    The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

    “We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

    In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

    The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence

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      A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.

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      Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.

      “When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

      When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

      The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

      As Herman Melville once wrote,[2]

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      “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

      Silence relieves stress and tension.

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        It has been found that noise can have a pronounced physical effect on our brains resulting in elevated levels of stress hormones. The sound waves reach the brain as electrical signals via the ear. The body reacts to these signals even if it is sleeping. It is thought that the amygdalae (located in the temporal lobes of the brain) which is associated with memory formation and emotion is activated and this causes a release of stress hormones. If you live in a consistently noisy environment that you are likely to experience chronically elevated levels of stress hormones.

        A study that was published in 2002 in Psychological Science (Vol. 13, No. 9) examined the effects that the relocation of Munich’s airport had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, a professor of human ecology at Cornell University notes that children who are exposed to noise develop a stress response that causes them to ignore the noise. What is of interest is that these children not only ignored harmful stimuli they also ignored stimuli that they should be paying attention to such as speech. 

        “This study is among the strongest, probably the most definitive proof that noise – even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage – causes stress and is harmful to humans,” Evans says.[3]

        Silence seems to have the opposite effect of the brain to noise. While noise may cause stress and tension silence releases tension in the brain and body. A study published in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. They based these findings of changes they noticed in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain.[4]

        Silence replenishes our cognitive resources.

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          The effect that noise pollution can have on cognitive task performance has been extensively studied. It has been found that noise harms task performance at work and school. It can also be the cause of decreased motivation and an increase in error making.  The cognitive functions most strongly affected by noise are reading attention, memory and problem solving.

          Studies have also concluded that children exposed to households or classrooms near airplane flight paths, railways or highways have lower reading scores and are slower in their development of cognitive and language skills.

          But it is not all bad news. It is possible for the brain to restore its finite cognitive resources. According to the attention restoration theory when you are in an environment with lower levels of sensory input the brain can ‘recover’ some of its cognitive abilities. In silence the brain is able to let down its sensory guard and restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise.[5]

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          Summation

          Traveling to Finland may just well be on your list of things to do. There you may find the silence you need to help your brain. Or, if Finland is a bit out of reach for now, you could simply take a quiet walk in a peaceful place in your neighborhood. This might prove to do you and your brain a world of good.

          Featured photo credit: Angelina Litvin via unsplash.com

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